1. Ji Shen
  2. https://sites.google.com/site/shenresearch/Home
  4. University of Miami
  1. Lauren Barth-Cohen
  3. University of Miami
  1. Moataz Eltoukhy
  3. University of Miami

Transformative Robotics Experience for Elementary Students

NSF Awards: 1523010

2016 (see original presentation & discussion)

Grades K-6

This project, Transformative Robotics Experience for Elementary Students (TREES), aims to build elementary age students’ content knowledge in robotics and computer science more broadly by fostering their disciplinary engagement and participation within a humanoid robots-programming environment. All fifth grade students from a collaborating elementary school participated in a semester long course with a final project that involves bringing the robot to perform different tasks. Over the 2-year period, this project will involve a total of more than 300 elementary students, the majority of whom are from low socio-economic groups in Broward County, where there is a great need for building technological capabilities. This project will be conducted in an inclusive classroom setting where some participants will be high functioning students with autism and some English language learners (ELLs), allowing the project to reach a diverse population that has historically been underrepresented in STEM fields. Using a design-based approach, this exploratory project is pushing the boundary of a new and complex technology into elementary grades. Results will advance our understanding of how to create learning opportunities for diverse elementary students in robotics and computer science that would increase their content knowledge by fostering disciplinary engagement in order to prepare them for future learning in robotics, computer science, and STEM fields.

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