Visualizing Mathematics With The Mathbot: A Constructionist Activity To Explore Mathematical Concepts Through Robotics

Christina Todorova, Carina Girvan, Nikoleta Yiannoutsou, Marianthi Grizioti, George Gueorguiev, Pavel Varbanov, Ivaylo Gueorguiev
2018 Zenodo  
In this practice paper, we aim to share our experience with the design and implementation of constructionist educational robotics activities tailored to primary school students (4th grade, age 911 years) implemented in a series of robotics workshops, which took place within a real school setting in Sofia, Bulgaria. Through this contribution, we will further present an activity plan, which involves student engagement with mathematical concepts (angle measuring and properties of the circle) in
more » ... f the circle) in order to program the behaviour of a robot. Our paper reports insights on the implementation of the activity plan focusing students' evaluation of their experience during the workshop. These insights are drawn from quantitative data from 131 participants (63 boys and 68 girls), capturing the overall student attitude. The activity plan behind this set of educational robotics workshops was designed, adapted and piloted in alignment to the guidelines of the Bulgarian national curriculum for mathematics for the 4th grade. However, it could function as a practical example, which could be adapted, enriched and modified to benefit other age groups, nationalities and desired learning outcomes.
doi:10.5281/zenodo.1489990 fatcat:opxxpwuxkfbl3f7ky4aqjj4hua