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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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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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Wilczynski, Vincent; Dixon, Gregg; Ford, Eric – Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research, 2005
The Mechanical Engineering Section at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy has developed a comprehensive activity based course to introduce second year students to mechanical engineering design. The culminating design activity for the course requires students to design, construct and test robotic devices that complete engineering challenges. Teams of…
Descriptors: Engineering Education, Engineering Technology, Robotics, Mechanics (Process)
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Mosley, Pauline Helen; Liu, Yun; Hargrove, S. Keith; Doswell, Jayfus T. – Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research, 2010
This paper gives an overview of a new pre-engineering program--Robotics Technician Curriculum--that uses robots to solicit underrepresented students pursuing careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). The curriculum uses a project-based learning environment, which consists of part lecture and part laboratory. This program…
Descriptors: Career Development, Student Projects, Evaluators, Peer Evaluation
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Sirinterlikci, Arif; Toukonen, Kayne; Mason, Steve; Madison, Russel – Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research, 2005
An animatronic robot was designed and constructed for the 2003 Annual Student Robotic Technology and Engineering Challenge organized by the Robotics International (RI) association of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME). It was also the senior capstone design project for two of the design team members. After a thorough study of body and…
Descriptors: Engineering Education, Design, Interdisciplinary Approach, Robotics
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Lawanto, Oenardi; Butler, Deborah; Cartier, Sylvie C.; Santoso, Harry B.; Goodridge, Wade; Lawanto, Kevin N.; Clark, David – Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research, 2013
The objective of this exploratory study was to describe patterns in self-regulated learning (SRL) for both high school students and college freshmen while engaged in a design activity. The main research question guiding this study was: How did high school and first-year college students self-regulate their approaches to learning when engaged in an…
Descriptors: Comparative Analysis, Metacognition, High School Students, College Freshmen
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Yelamarthi, Kumar – Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research, 2016
Many interesting research and design questions occur at the intersections of traditional disciplines, yet most coursework and research programs for undergraduate engineering students are focused on one discipline. This leads to underutilization of the potential in better preparing students through multidisciplinary projects. Identifying this…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Robotics, Engineering Education, Technology Education
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Mihali, Raul; Sobh, Tarek – Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research, 2005
A problem that becomes increasingly obvious over time derives from purchasing and working with large scale, industrial type of manipulators. Primarily affected are higher level educational institutions, where manipulators are likely to be exposed to student projects that demand diversity in control strategies and various controlling software and…
Descriptors: Robotics, Simulation, Engineering, Engineering Education
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Matson, Eric; DeLoach, Scott; Pauly, Robyn – Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research, 2004
The "Robot Roadshow Program" is designed to increase the interest of elementary school children in technical disciplines, specifically math and science. The program focuses on children from schools categorized as rural or underserved, which often have limited access to advanced technical resources. We developed the program using robots…
Descriptors: Elementary School Mathematics, Elementary School Science, Elementary School Students, Rural Schools