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Johnson, Richard T.; Londt, Susan E. – Tech Directions, 2010
Competitive robotics as an interactive experience can increase the level of student participation in technology education, inspire students to consider careers in technical fields, and enhance the visibility of technology education programs. Implemented correctly, a competitive robotics program can provide a stimulating learning environment for…
Descriptors: Student Participation, Robotics, Technology Education, Program Implementation
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Chung, C. J. ChanJin; Cartwright, Christopher; Cole, Matthew – Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research, 2014
Robotics competitions for K-12 students are popular, but are students really learning and improving their STEM scores through robotics competitions? If not, why not? If they are, how much more effective is learning through competitions than traditional classes? Is there room for improvement? What is the best robotics competition model to maximize…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Robotics, Competition, Teaching Methods
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Varney, M. W.; Janoudi, A.; Aslam, D. M.; Graham, D. – IEEE Transactions on Education, 2012
Following the success of summer-camp-based programs, a new program has been developed for in-school sessions focused around LEGO robotics to foster interest in STEM topics at a young age. The program has been implemented in a very diverse school, and preliminary results on the efficacy of the program are presented. (Contains 1 table and 6 figures.)
Descriptors: Grade 3, STEM Education, Program Effectiveness, Summer Programs
Warnat, Winifred I. – 1983
Robotics (robot usage) is discussed from a historical perspective with regard to its role in employment and education. Part 1 examines the transition from an industrial to an information society and speculates what the future might hold, particularly in terms of employment. Part 2 gives a historical overview of the robotics industry and discusses…
Descriptors: Artificial Intelligence, Automation, Cybernetics, Elementary Secondary Education
Hunt, H. Allan; Hunt, Timothy L. – 1983
A study examined the job creation and job displacement potential of industrial robots in the United States and specifically, in Michigan, by 1990. To complete an analysis of the impact of robotics on the American labor force, researchers combined data from previous forecasts of future unit and dollar sales projections and from interviews with…
Descriptors: Automation, Continuing Education, Economic Factors, Educational Needs
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Minty, Gordon – Journal of Industrial Teacher Education, 1987
The study attempted to determine needs for training robotic technicians in Michigan. The survey had three parts: (1) needed technical specialities, (2) current problems with robot maintenance and repair, and (3) number of robots needed to keep a full-time technician occupied. (CH)
Descriptors: Educational Needs, Labor Needs, Machine Repairers, Postsecondary Education
Giese, Elizabeth – 1983
During the 1981-82 school year, the American Association of University Women (AAUW), collected mathematics data from school districts throughout the state of Michigan. AAUW is involved in a study of high technology and wanted to find out how education is preparing young people for the world of robotics, biotechnology, telecommunications, and the…
Descriptors: Computer Science, Declining Enrollment, Enrollment, Enrollment Rate
Jacobs, James – 1987
A discussion is provided of how breakthroughs in the application of computers in the manufacturing of automobiles affect the development of community college programs, with particular emphasis on how Michigan community colleges have developed a capacity to respond to changes in this field. First, the paper explains what computer-based…
Descriptors: College Role, Community Colleges, Computer Oriented Programs, Employment Patterns
Lynch, Edward J. – 1982
Macomb Community College (MCC) prides itself on its responsiveness to the needs of area industry for skilled tradespeople to engage in the design, tooling, and machining activities that are crucial to the area's long-standing automobile and manufacturing operations and to the needs of new area high technology and service-oriented industries. The…
Descriptors: Computer Assisted Instruction, Computers, Educational Cooperation, Educational Needs
Hannemann, Jim; Rice, Thomas R. – Vocational Education Journal, 1991
At the Oakland Technical Center, which provides vocational programs for nine Michigan high schools, a one-semester course in Foundations of Technology Systems uses a computer-simulated manufacturing environment to teach applied math, science, language arts, communication skills, problem solving, and teamwork in the context of technology education.…
Descriptors: Declining Enrollment, High Schools, Robotics, Technological Advancement