June 15, 2014
June 15, 2014
June 18, 2014
K-12 & Pre-College Engineering
24.1059.1 - 24.1059.2
Robotics and Engineering Course Curriculum: Integrative STEM with a dose of data, design, and manufacturing Over the past two years, a team from the University of *** has developed, implemented and iterated on curriculum materials for a series of 9-‐week 8th grade Engineering & Technology classes. The curricula, funded by the state Race to the Top grant through the US Department of Education, were designed to engage students in data-‐driven design challenges that utilizes 3-‐D design software, 3-‐D printing, and robotics. In each course students engage in data collection and analysis in ways that directly support the parallel math and science classroom content. The series includes courses focusing on Bio-‐Mechanics, Electro-‐Magnetic Radiation, and Energy. Each course is independent of the others, allowing them to be sequenced to best align with the academic core content at each school. Each course in the series starts with a 1-‐week common activity that prepares the students for the nature of work that will be required of them during the course. Students then engage in an engineering challenge created to help them develop science, math, and engineering competencies. They run multiple data-‐collection trials using a LEGO® MINDSTORM NXT robot pre-‐programmed to perform a certain action. Using the data they collect, students determine how well the robot performed and suggest an improvement to the robot design, justified with science knowledge. The students then use the 3-‐D design software and 3-‐D printer to modify a single element of the robot, creating a prototype that hopefully improves the robot’s ability to complete the challenge. To complete the engineering design process, they then test the prototype, and report their results. During the Curriculum Exchange we will demonstrate the engineering devices used in each of the 9-‐week courses and will make available the accompanying teacher and student materials. These materials will be freely available for download from the project website.
Robinson, N. F., & Rosen, J. H., & Koval, J. (2014, June), Robotics and Engineering Course Curriculum (Curriculum Exchange) Paper presented at 2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Indianapolis, Indiana. 10.18260/1-2--22992
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