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Sullivan, Amanda; Bers, Marina Umaschi – International Journal of Technology and Design Education, 2016
In recent years there has been an increasing focus on the missing "T" of technology and "E" of engineering in early childhood STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) curricula. Robotics offers a playful and tangible way for children to engage with both T and E concepts during their foundational early childhood…
Descriptors: Robotics, Programming, Programming Languages, Engineering
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Majherová, Janka; Králík, Václav – European Journal of Contemporary Education, 2017
In the training of future informatics teachers the students obtain experience with different methods of programming. As well, the students become familiar with programming by using the robotic system Lego Mindstorms. However, the small number of Lego systems available is a limiting factor for the teaching process. Use of virtual robotic…
Descriptors: Programming, Teaching Methods, Instructional Innovation, Preservice Teachers
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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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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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Strawhacker, Amanda; Bers, Marina U. – International Journal of Technology and Design Education, 2015
In recent years, educational robotics has become an increasingly popular research area. However, limited studies have focused on differentiated learning outcomes based on type of programming interface. This study aims to explore how successfully young children master foundational programming concepts based on the robotics user interface (tangible,…
Descriptors: Robotics, Kindergarten, Young Children, Technology Uses in Education
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Mikropoulos, Tassos A.; Bellou, Ioanna – Themes in Science and Technology Education, 2013
Although there are many studies on the constructionist use of educational robotics, they have certain limitations. Some of them refer to robotics education, rather than educational robotics. Others follow a constructionist approach, but give emphasis only to design skills, creativity and collaboration. Some studies use robotics as an educational…
Descriptors: Robotics, Educational Technology, Constructivism (Learning), Physics
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Witherspoon, Eben B.; Schunn, Christian D.; Higashi, Ross M.; Shoop, Robin – Journal of Computer Assisted Learning, 2018
Educational robotics programs offer an engaging opportunity to potentially teach core computer science concepts and practices in K-12 classrooms. Here, we test the effects of units with different programming content within a virtual robotics context on both learning gains and motivational changes in middle school (6th-8th grade) robotics…
Descriptors: Robotics, Computer Science Education, Programming, Units of Study
Savard, Annie; Highfield, Kate – Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia, 2015
Programming and the use of robotics present affordances for mathematics learning with application across a broad range of ages. However, realising these affordances in the classroom requires educators to recognise and build apron these potential opportunities for learning. This paper reports one component of a larger study, examining teacher…
Descriptors: Robotics, Mathematics, Programming, Mathematics Teachers
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Sullivan, Amanda; Bers, Marina Umaschi – Journal of Information Technology Education: Innovations in Practice, 2016
Prior work demonstrates the importance of introducing young children to programming and engineering content before gender stereotypes are fully developed and ingrained in later years. However, very little research on gender and early childhood technology interventions exist. This pilot study looks at N = 45 children in kindergarten through second…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Kindergarten, Grade 1, Grade 2
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Sherrard, Ann; Rhodes, Amy – Journal of Extension, 2014
The release of the latest LEGO Mindstorms EV3 robotics platform in September 2013 has provided a dilemma for many youth robotics leaders. There is a need to understand the differences in the Mindstorms NXT and EV3 in order to make future robotics purchases. In this article the differences are identified regarding software, hardware, sensors, the…
Descriptors: Robotics, Comparative Analysis, Consumer Economics, Purchasing
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Elkin, Mollie; Sullivan, Amanda; Bers, Marina Umaschi – Computers in the Schools, 2016
KIBO is a developmentally appropriate robotics kit for young children that is programmed using interlocking wooden blocks; no screens or keyboards are required. This study describes a pilot KIBO robotics curriculum at an urban public preschool in Rhode Island and presents data collected on children's knowledge of foundational programming concepts…
Descriptors: Programming, Preschool Children, Robotics, Developmentally Appropriate Practices
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Correll, N.; Wing, R.; Coleman, D. – IEEE Transactions on Education, 2013
This paper describes a one-year introductory robotics course sequence focusing on computational aspects of robotics for third- and fourth-year students. The key challenges this curriculum addresses are "scalability," i.e., how to teach a robotics class with a limited amount of hardware to a large audience, "student assessment,"…
Descriptors: Introductory Courses, Robotics, Course Descriptions, Simulation
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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
Bakke, Christine K. – ProQuest LLC, 2013
The purpose of this study is to examine whether participation in robotics provides opportunities for educational and professional skill development, significant enough to merit the recommendation of robotics courses as a part of mainstream curriculum offerings in K-12 schools. This non-experimental, mixed methods study examined current junior high…
Descriptors: Robotics, Junior High School Students, High School Students, Secondary Education
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Elkin, Mollie; Sullivan, Amanda; Bers, Marina Umaschi – Journal of Information Technology Education: Innovations in Practice, 2014
This paper explores how robotics can be used as a new educational tool in a Montessori early education classroom. It presents a case study of one early educator's experience of designing and implementing a robotics curriculum integrated with a social science unit in her mixed-age classroom. This teacher had no prior experience using robotics in…
Descriptors: Robotics, Montessori Method, Case Studies, Curriculum Development
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