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Best Practices for Student Robotic Camps

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2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Vancouver, BC

Publication Date

June 26, 2011

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June 26, 2011

End Date

June 29, 2011



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NSF Grantees Poster Session

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NSF Grantees

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22.282.1 - 22.282.15



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Marilyn Barger Hillsborough Community College

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Dr. Marilyn Barger is the Principal Investigator and Executive Director of FLATE, the Florida Regional Center of Advanced Technological Education, funded by the National Science Foundation and housed at Hillsborough Community College in Tampa, Florida since 2004. FLATE serves the state of Florida as its region and is involved in outreach and recruitment of students into technical career pathway; curriculum development and reform; and professional development for technical teachers and faculty. She earned a B.A. in Chemistry at Agnes Scott College and both a B.S. in Engineering Science and a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering (Environmental) from the University of South Florida, where her research focused on membrane separation science and technology for water purification. She has over 20 years of experience in developing curricula for engineering and engineering technology for elementary, middle, high school, and post secondary institutions, including colleges of engineering. Dr. Barger serves on several national panels and advisory boards for technical programs, curriculum and workforce initiatives, including the National Association of Manufacturers Educators‘ Council. She is a registered professional engineer in the State of Florida, a Fellow of the American Society of Engineering Education, and charter member of the University of the National (as well as South Florida‘s) Academy of Inventors. Dr. Barger is a licensed professional engineer in Florida.

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Richard Gilbert University of South Florida

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Richard Gilbert is a Professor of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering at the University of South Florida and a principle investigator for the NSF Regional of Excellence for Advanced Technological Education for Florida. Dr. Gilbert research interests are in the application of instrumentation and Controls. He holds over 20 patents as well as the author/co-author of over 100 reviewed publications and several book chapters on electric field mediated drug and gene delivery. His activity in engineering education include the creation of an elementary (K-5) engineering curriculum that has been completely imbedded into all grade levels at DL Jamerson Elementary, an 800 student public school in St. Petersburg, Florida. He is also the co-author of several ASEE Conference Proceeding papers.

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Marie A. Boyette FLATE

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Marie Boyette is the Associate Director of FLATE at Hillsborough Community College. Her B.A. in Communication, M.A. in Adult Education, and Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction, Adult Education/Measurement and Research are from the University of South Florida. Her research interests are in STEM curriculum development and student outcomes as well as in career and technical education and training.

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A Model for Summer Robotic Camps For six years, FLATE, the Florida Advanced Technological Education Regional Center of Excellence at Hillsborough Community College in Tampa, Florida has been involved in summer robotics camps for middle school and high school students.  The camps have grown from a partnership with other organizations to a fine‐tuned summer STEM experience for the students.   The camp theme is robotics and uses Lego Mindstorm robots as the central tool. In addition to learning how to program the robots, use various sensors, and participate in several “challenge competitions” the campers learn about modern advanced manufacturing, design and print a name plate with SolidWorks software, and visit a local manufacturing facility.    To date over 400 students have attended FLATE summer robotic camps.   This paper will trace the 6 year history of this best practice STEM student experience, share the learning objectives and follow up tracking information about the student attendees. 

Barger, M., & Gilbert, R., & Boyette, M. A. (2011, June), Best Practices for Student Robotic Camps Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. 10.18260/1-2--17563

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