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Board # 121 : MAKER: A Study of Multi-Robot Systems Recreated for High School Students

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2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Columbus, Ohio

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June 24, 2017

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June 24, 2017

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June 28, 2017

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Michael Doddo Hereford High School

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Teacher Technology Education Chesapeake Virginia 1985 - 1995
Teacher Technology Education Baltimore County Public Schools 1995 - Present
Currently Engineering Technology Education teacher / Department Chair at Hereford High School in Parkton Maryland.

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Sheng-Jen Hsieh Texas A&M University

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Dr. Sheng-Jen (“Tony”) Hsieh is a Professor in the Dwight Look College of Engineering at Texas A&M University. He holds a joint appointment with the Department of Engineering Technology and the Department of Mechanical Engineering. His research interests include engineering education, cognitive task analysis, automation, robotics and control, intelligent manufacturing system design, and micro/nano manufacturing. He is also the Director of the Rockwell Automation laboratory at Texas A&M University, a state-of-the-art facility for education and research in the areas of automation, control, and automated system integration.

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This paper describes an instructional module for teaching engineering design to 11th and 12th grade GT Engineering students in the context of learning about Swarm / Multi Robot Systems. The module includes research analysis, discussion, and activities. It is STEM extensive and also supports a county-wide reading initiative policy. The research analysis component focuses on work by C. Ronald Kube and Eric Bonabeau, titled "Cooperative Transport of Ants and Robots." The discussion component analyzes the Biomimic inspiration of ants and bees, robot mechanics, and programing. The activity component comes after the research paper analysis and begins with students determining a method for reproducing the project using available materials. Students will then apply the engineering design process in designing, building, programming, testing evaluating and modifying a prototype. The module will be used in two GT Engineering Tech classes.

Doddo, M., & Hsieh, S. (2017, June), Board # 121 : MAKER: A Study of Multi-Robot Systems Recreated for High School Students Paper presented at 2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Columbus, Ohio. 10.18260/1-2--27711

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