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Jaipal-Jamani, Kamini; Angeli, Charoula – Journal of Science Education and Technology, 2017
The current impetus for increasing STEM in K-12 education calls for an examination of how preservice teachers are being prepared to teach STEM. This paper reports on a study that examined elementary preservice teachers' (n = 21) self-efficacy, understanding of science concepts, and computational thinking as they engaged with robotics in a science…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Elementary Secondary Education, Preservice Teacher Education, Elementary School Teachers
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Gomoll, Andrea; Hmelo-Silver, Cindy E.; Šabanovic, Selma; Francisco, Matthew – Journal of Science Education and Technology, 2016
Early experiences in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) are important for getting youth interested in STEM fields, particularly for girls. Here, we explore how an after-school robotics club can provide informal STEM experiences that inspire students to engage with STEM in the future. Human-centered robotics, with its emphasis on the…
Descriptors: Females, STEM Education, Robotics, After School Programs
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Leonard, Jacqueline; Buss, Alan; Gamboa, Ruben; Mitchell, Monica; Fashola, Olatokunbo S.; Hubert, Tarcia; Almughyirah, Sultan – Journal of Science Education and Technology, 2016
This paper describes the findings of a pilot study that used robotics and game design to develop middle school students' computational thinking strategies. One hundred and twenty-four students engaged in LEGO® EV3 robotics and created games using Scalable Game Design software. The results of the study revealed students' pre-post self-efficacy…
Descriptors: Robotics, Design, Self Efficacy, Student Attitudes
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Peleg, Ran; Baram-Tsabari, Ayelet – Journal of Science Education and Technology, 2017
Theatre is often introduced into science museums to enhance visitor experience. While learning in museums exhibitions received considerable research attention, learning from museum theatre has not. The goal of this exploratory study was to investigate the potential educational role of a science museum theatre play. The study aimed to investigate…
Descriptors: Science Education, Robotics, Science Teaching Centers, Museums
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Berland, Matthew; Wilensky, Uri – Journal of Science Education and Technology, 2015
Both complex systems methods (such as agent-based modeling) and computational methods (such as programming) provide powerful ways for students to understand new phenomena. To understand how to effectively teach complex systems and computational content to younger students, we conducted a study in four urban middle school classrooms comparing…
Descriptors: Robotics, Comparative Analysis, Computer Simulation, Systems Approach
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Avsec, Stanislav; Rihtarsic, David; Kocijancic, Slavko – Journal of Science Education and Technology, 2014
Open learning (OL) strives to transform teaching and learning by applying learning science and emerging technologies to increase student success, improve learning productivity, and lower barriers to access. OL of robotics has a significant growth rate in secondary and/or high schools, but failures exist. Little is known about why many users stop…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Educational Technology, Robotics, Technology Uses in Education
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Atmatzidou, Soumela; Demetriadis, Stavros; Nika, Panagiota – Journal of Science Education and Technology, 2018
Educational robotics (ER) is an innovative learning tool that offers students opportunities to develop higher-order thinking skills. This study investigates the development of students' metacognitive (MC) and problem-solving (PS) skills in the context of ER activities, implementing different modes of guidance in two student groups (11-12 years…
Descriptors: Metacognition, Problem Solving, Robotics, Teaching Methods
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Bers, Marina U. – Journal of Science Education and Technology, 2007
This paper presents Project InterActions, a series of 5-week workshops in which very young learners (4- to 7-year-old children) and their parents come together to build and program a personally meaningful robotic project in the context of a multigenerational robotics-based community of practice. The goal of these family workshops is to teach both…
Descriptors: Student Evaluation, Workshops, Robotics, Young Children
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Rusk, Natalie; Resnick, Mitchel; Berg, Robbie; Pezalla-Granlund, Margaret – Journal of Science Education and Technology, 2008
This paper suggests new strategies for introducing students to robotics technologies and concepts, and argues for the importance of providing multiple entry points into robotics. In particular, the paper describes four strategies that have been successful in engaging a broad range of learners: (1) focusing on themes, not just challenges; (2)…
Descriptors: Students, Robotics, Learning Motivation, Student Participation
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Christensen, Rhonda; Knezek, Gerald; Tyler-Wood, Tandra – Journal of Science Education and Technology, 2015
This study examines positive dispositions reported by middle school and high school students participating in programs that feature STEM-related activities. Middle school students participating in school-to-home hands-on energy monitoring activities are compared to middle school and high school students in a different project taking part in…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, High School Students, STEM Education, Student Attitudes
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Borrero, A. Mejias; Marquez, J. M. Andujar – Journal of Science Education and Technology, 2012
Lab practices are an essential part of teaching in Engineering. However, traditional laboratory lessons developed in classroom labs (CL) must be adapted to teaching and learning strategies that go far beyond the common concept of e-learning, in the sense that completely virtualized distance education disconnects teachers and students from the real…
Descriptors: Science Education, Laboratories, Distance Education, Internet
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Turbak, Franklyn; Berg, Robbie – Journal of Science Education and Technology, 2002
Suggests that it is important to introduce liberal arts students to the essence of engineering. Describes Robotic Design Studio, a course in which students learn how to design, assemble, and program robots made out of LEGO parts, sensors, motors, and small embedded computers. Represents an alternative vision of how robot design can be used to…
Descriptors: Constructivism (Learning), Design, Engineering Education, Higher Education
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Bers, Marina U.; Portsmore, Merredith – Journal of Science Education and Technology, 2005
This paper presents an innovative approach to introducing pre-service early childhood teachers to math, science and technology education. The approach involves the creation of partnerships between pre-service early childhood and engineering students to conceive, develop, implement and evaluate curriculum in the area of math, science and technology…
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Technology Education, Robotics, Design