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Flannery, Louise P.; Bers, Marina Umaschi – Journal of Research on Technology in Education, 2013
Young learners today generate, express, and interact with sophisticated ideas using a range of digital tools to explore interactive stories, animations, computer games, and robotics. In recent years, new developmentally appropriate robotics kits have been entering early childhood classrooms. This paper presents a retrospective analysis of one…
Descriptors: Developmentally Appropriate Practices, Robotics, Early Childhood Education, Programming
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Sullivan, Florence R.; Heffernan, John – Journal of Research on Technology in Education, 2016
This article presents a systematic review of research related to the use of robotics construction kits (RCKs) in P-12 learning in the STEM disciplines for typically developing children. The purpose of this review is to configure primarily qualitative and mixed methods findings from studies meeting our selection and quality criterion to answer the…
Descriptors: Robotics, Manipulative Materials, STEM Education, Elementary Secondary Education
Williams, Douglas C.; Ma, Yuxin; Prejean, Louise; Ford, Mary Jane; Lai, Guolin – Journal of Research on Technology in Education, 2008
Despite the growing popularity of robotics competitions such as FIRST LEGO League, robotics activities are typically not found in regular K-12 classrooms. We speculate that, among other reasons, limited adoption is due to the lack of empirical evidence demonstrating the effect of robotics activities on curricular goals. This paper presents a mixed…
Descriptors: Secondary School Science, Middle School Students, Summer Programs, Program Effectiveness
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Nugent, Gwen; Barker, Bradley; Grandgenett, Neal; Adamchuk, Viacheslav I. – Journal of Research on Technology in Education, 2010
This study examined the impact of robotics and geospatial technologies interventions on middle school youth's learning of and attitudes toward science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Two interventions were tested. The first was a 40-hour intensive robotics/GPS/GIS summer camp; the second was a 3-hour event modeled on the camp…
Descriptors: Control Groups, Intervention, Robotics, Middle School Students
Barker, Bradley S.; Ansorge, John – Journal of Research on Technology in Education, 2007
This paper reports on a pilot study that examined the use of a science and technology curriculum based on robotics to increase the achievement scores of youth ages 9-11 in an after school program. The study examined and compared the pretest and posttest scores of youth in the robotics intervention with youth in a control group. The results…
Descriptors: Pretests Posttests, School Activities, Intervention, Scores
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Bidarra, Jose; Martins, Olimpio – Journal of Research on Technology in Education, 2011
In this paper we present Geodromo, a prototype of an educational multimedia system, part of the Portuguese "Ciencia Viva" (Live Science) educational program, which is aimed at young people and designed with innovative characteristics. The project is based on a robotic multimedia simulator and an online puzzle game aimed at the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Discovery Learning, Geology, Parks