Developing extended real and virtual robotics enhancement classes with years 10-13

Samuels, P. and Poppa, S. (2016) Developing extended real and virtual robotics enhancement classes with years 10-13. In: Robotics in Education: Research and practices for robotics in STEM education. Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing (457). Springer Verlag, Berlin, pp. 69-81. ISBN 978-3-319-42975-5

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Abstract

There is growing evidence of the potential of educational robotics to enhance science, technology, engineering and mathematics education provided that they are deployed carefully. This paper describes a developmental research project be-tween a university and a secondary school in the UK to develop extended robotics enhancement classes, mainly using LEGO MINDSTORMS robotic kits, and GeoGebra, which was used to animate virtual robots. Two styles of class were deployed: student-led project creations and facilitator-led challenges. The pedagogical principles underpinning these classes and their design are discussed. Feedback generally indicated that the classes were successful and appreciated by the students but they experienced difficulties in incorporating the virtual robotic element. Lessons learnt from the project, including the development of employability skills, the potential impact on students with autism, and the effective use of peer students, are discussed. The possibility of combining the two styles of class together is proposed.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: Developmental research. Learning by design. STEM education. Robotic kits. LEGO MINDSTORMS. Virtual robotics. GeoGebra. Employability skills.
Subjects: G400 Computer Science
H300 Mechanical Engineering
X200 Research and Study Skills in Education
Divisions: Faculty of Business, Law and Social Sciences > Birmingham City Business School > Dept. Strategy, Marketing and Economics
Depositing User: Peter Samuels
Date Deposited: 29 Jun 2018 12:23
Last Modified: 29 Jun 2018 12:23
URI: http://www.open-access.bcu.ac.uk/id/eprint/6070

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