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Yilmaz, M.; Ozcelik, S.; Yilmazer, N.; Nekovei, R. – IEEE Transactions on Education, 2013
This paper presents an innovative two-course, laboratory-based, and design-oriented robotics educational model. The robotics curriculum exposed senior-level undergraduate students to major robotics concepts, and enhanced the student learning experience in hybrid learning environments by incorporating the IEEE Region-5 annual robotics competition…
Descriptors: Robotics, College Curriculum, College Seniors, Elective Courses
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Yuen, Timothy T.; Boecking, Melanie; Stone, Jennifer; Tiger, Erin Price; Gomez, Alvaro; Guillen, Adrienne; Arreguin, Analisa – Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research, 2014
Robotics provide the opportunity for students to bring their individual interests, perspectives and areas of expertise together in order to work collaboratively on real-world science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) problems. This paper examines the nature of collaboration that manifests in groups of elementary and middle school…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Engineering Education, Robotics, Middle School Students
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Martínez Ortiz, Araceli – Journal of Technology Education, 2015
The presented study used a problem-solving experience in engineering design with LEGO robotics materials as the real-world mathematics-learning context. The goals of the study were (a) to determine if a short but intensive extracurricular learning experience would lead to significant student learning of a particular academic topic and (b) to…
Descriptors: Engineering Education, Design, Problem Solving, Robotics
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Waters, John K. – T.H.E. Journal, 2011
K-12-level competitive robotics is growing in popularity around the country and worldwide. According to one of the leading organizers of these events, FIRST--For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology--250,000 students from 56 countries take part in its competitions. FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) is a yearly event the organization puts…
Descriptors: Robotics, Competition, Global Approach, Elementary Secondary Education
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Moll, Mark; Bordeaux, Janice; Kavraki, Lydia E. – Computer Science Education, 2013
Motion planning is a core problem in robotics concerned with finding feasible paths for a given robot. Motion planning algorithms perform a search in the high-dimensional continuous space of robot configurations and exemplify many of the core algorithmic concepts of search algorithms and associated data structures. Motion planning algorithms can…
Descriptors: Computer Software, Active Learning, Student Projects, Robotics
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Karp, Tanja; Maloney, Patricia – American Journal of Engineering Education, 2013
In this paper, we describe the successful implementation of an afterschool LEGO robotics program for elementary and middle school students that is annually offered by the Whitacre College of Engineering at Texas Tech University. Three events are held on campus: the kickoff, a trial run, and the competition, spread over a period of eight weeks. In…
Descriptors: Robotics, Elementary School Students, STEM Education, Middle School Students
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McGrath, Beth; Sayres, Jason – Technology and Engineering Teacher, 2012
With funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF), ITEEA members will contribute to the development of a hybrid professional development program designed to facilitate the scale-up of an innovative underwater robotics curriculum. WaterBotics[TM] is an underwater robotics curriculum that targets students in middle and high school classrooms…
Descriptors: Educational Technology, Robotics, Science Course Improvement Projects, Secondary School Curriculum
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Karp, T.; Gale, R.; Lowe, L. A.; Medina, V.; Beutlich, E. – IEEE Transactions on Education, 2010
This paper describes key success factors for the implementation and development of a LEGO robotics engineering outreach program for elementary school students in West Texas. The outreach program not only aims at getting young students excited about engineering but at the same time aims at improving retention rates among electrical and computer…
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Toys, Robotics, Outreach Programs
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Stapleton, William; Asiabanpour, Bahram; Jimenez, Jesus; Um, Dugan – American Journal of Engineering Education, 2010
Under an NSF REU center grant REU-0755355 entitled "Micro/Nano Assembly Workcell Via Micro Visual Sensing and Haptic Feedback", Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi and Texas State University-San Marcos collaboratively hosted two groups of 10 students from different backgrounds for 10 weeks each in Summer 2008 and 2009 respectively.…
Descriptors: Grants, Engineering Education, Summer Programs, Program Descriptions
Cavanagh, Sean – Education Week, 2007
Research shows that girls tend to lose interest in science and math as they move through the education pipeline--a retreat that often begins during middle school. Summer science camps can be part of reversing that trend, some say. Academic camps are on the rise across the country, including ones to get adolescent girls excited about the…
Descriptors: Science Interests, Science Careers, Neighborhoods, Engineering
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Martin, Taylor; Peacock, Stephanie Baker; Ko, Pat; Rudolph, Jennifer J. – Journal of Pre-College Engineering Education Research, 2015
Although the consensus seems to be that high-school-level introductory engineering courses should focus on design, this creates a problem for teacher training. Traditionally, math and science teachers are trained to teach and assess factual knowledge and closed-ended problem-solving techniques specific to a particular discipline, which is unsuited…
Descriptors: Teacher Education, Faculty Development, Engineering, Engineering Education
Blanchard, Sarah; Judy, Justina; Muller, Chandra; Crawford, Richard H.; Petrosino, Anthony J.; Christina K. White,; Lin, Fu-An; Wood, Kristin L. – Journal of Pre-College Engineering Education Research, 2015
"Beyond Blackboards" is an inquiry-centered, after-school program designed to enhance middle school students' engagement with engineering through design-based experiences focused on the 21st Century Engineering Challenges. Set within a predominantly lowincome, majority-minority community, our study aims to investigate the impact of…
Descriptors: Engineering, Engineering Education, Learner Engagement, Disproportionate Representation
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McLurkin, J.; Rykowski, J.; John, M.; Kaseman, Q.; Lynch, A. J. – IEEE Transactions on Education, 2013
This paper describes the experiences of using an advanced, low-cost robot in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education. It presents three innovations: It is a powerful, cheap, robust, and small advanced personal robot; it forms the foundation of a problem-based learning curriculum; and it enables a novel multi-robot…
Descriptors: Robotics, STEM Education, Engineering Education, Problem Based Learning
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Sahin, Alpaslan; Ayar, Mehmet C.; Adiguzel, Tufan – Educational Sciences: Theory and Practice, 2014
This study explores the characteristics of after-school program activities at a charter school in the Southeast US highlighting students' experiences with and gains from these after-school program activities. A qualitative case study design was employed to understand students' views and opinions regarding the activities and their learning…
Descriptors: After School Programs, Charter Schools, Program Effectiveness, Qualitative Research
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Doerschuk, Peggy; Liu, Jiangjiang; Mann, Judith – ACM Transactions on Computing Education, 2011
If we are to attract more women and minorities to computing we must engage students at an early age. As part of its mission to increase participation of women and underrepresented minorities in computing, the Increasing Student Participation in Research Development Program (INSPIRED) conducts computing academies for high school students. The…
Descriptors: Role Models, Females, Student Participation, High School Students
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