June 14, 2015
June 14, 2015
June 17, 2015
K-12 & Pre-College Engineering
26.1349.1 - 26.1349.16
Robotics in the Core Science Classroom: Benefits and Challenges for Curriculum Development and Implementation (RTP, Strand 4) The (****) project at the University of (***) is in the 5th year of developing and implementing an inquiry and project-‐based learning curriculum that is aligned with NGSS and designed to teach middle school physical science disciplinary content and practices using LEGO Mindstorm NXT as the engineering manipulative. Using Design-‐Based Implementation Research (DBIR) methods, the team has documented the curriculum design decisions that resulted from iterative cycles of A) design and creation of materials, B) teacher professional learning sessions, C) enactment by teachers in 8th grade classrooms, D) observation and data collection, and E) problem redefinition and curriculum redesign. These activities took place in a diverse set of schools, ranging from a low-‐income but fairly stable rural school, to a suburban school with a rapidly changing demographic population and high student turnover, to a stable and high performing affluent school. This paper will focus on the benefits and challenges of using robotics, in this case LEGO Mindstorm NXT kits, as a manipulative to teach science content within the core science classroom, particularly within less-‐than-‐optimal, but very common, types of school settings. It will cover the issues of materials management and constraints, resource and time requirements in different settings, variability in student prior knowledge, and the necessary scaffolding of robotic-‐based activities to ensure that students focus adequately on science content. Data sources include design reflections and documentation, classroom observations, project communications, teacher surveys and interviews, and teacher reports of curriculum enactment.
Usselman, M., & Ryan, M., & Rosen, J. H., & Koval, J., & Grossman, S., & Newsome, N. A., & Moreno, M. N. (2015, June), Robotics in the Core Science Classroom: Benefits and Challenges for Curriculum Development and Implementation (RTP, Strand 4) Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.24686
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