Using Robobooks To Teach Middle School Engineering And Robotics

Morgan Hynes, David Crismond, Ethan Danahy
2010 Annual Conference & Exposition Proceedings   unpublished
This paper reports on the initial testing and use of an innovative curriculum delivery tool called RoboBooks. RoboBooks is an interactive, digital workbook environment that integrates robotics-programming environments with reporting and analysis tools. The team developed an innovative middle school curriculum designed to introduce students to the engineering design process by asking them to create a LEGO robotic shopping cart of the future. The curriculum built upon the principal investigators'
more » ... ipal investigators' prior work in this area, and addressed the need for scaffolding students through the robotics programming to reduce the technical/troubleshooting load on the teacher. The team hosted a weeklong teacher professional development program to introduce teachers to teaching engineering design with the RoboBooks tool. The paper reports on the teachers' engineering design self-efficacy using a validated survey tool in a pre-test/ posttest design.
doi:10.18260/1-2--15931 fatcat:3gozc7zrjnccvpxzon6do5dkda