The short-term benefits of educational robotics when paired with geospatial technologies in informal learning environments

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Abstract

Educational robotics, when paired with geospatial technologies and taught in an informal educational environment, can be an innovative strategy to teach youth about science, technology, engineering, and mathematic (STEM) concepts. However, little is known about the true effects on conceptual knowledge and associated attitudes. Therefore, this study was conducted to examine the short-term effects of a series of five-day summer robotics/geospatial camps held in Nebraska. The study was conducted at six diverse locations and consisted of a five-day 4-H camp experience. The study examined the experiences of 147 youth between the ages of 10 and 15. A pretest-posttest quasi-experimental design was used in the study. Instrumentation consisted of a 37-question multiple-choice assessment targeting various STEM topics, and a 38-question attitude questionnaire assessing STEM interests and attitudes. Results suggest that the 4-H robotics and geospatial summer camp program is a promising approach for supporting STEM-related learning and enhancing attitudes towards STEM.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationCSEDU 2010 - 2nd International Conference on Computer Supported Education, Proceedings
Pages393-398
Number of pages6
StatePublished - Sep 13 2010
Event2nd International Conference on Computer Supported Education, CSEDU 2010 - Valencia, Spain
Duration: Apr 7 2010Apr 10 2010

Publication series

NameCSEDU 2010 - 2nd International Conference on Computer Supported Education, Proceedings
Volume2

Conference

Conference2nd International Conference on Computer Supported Education, CSEDU 2010
CountrySpain
CityValencia
Period4/7/104/10/10

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informal learning
Robotics
learning environment
mathematics
engineering
science
Design of experiments
STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics)
experience
questionnaire
learning

Keywords

  • GIS
  • GPS
  • Informal learning
  • Robotics
  • STEM

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science Applications
  • Education

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Barker, B. S., Nugent, G. C., Adamchuk, V. I., & Grandgenett, N. F. (2010). The short-term benefits of educational robotics when paired with geospatial technologies in informal learning environments. In CSEDU 2010 - 2nd International Conference on Computer Supported Education, Proceedings (pp. 393-398). (CSEDU 2010 - 2nd International Conference on Computer Supported Education, Proceedings; Vol. 2).

The short-term benefits of educational robotics when paired with geospatial technologies in informal learning environments. / Barker, Bradley Scott; Nugent, Gwen C; Adamchuk, Viacheslav I.; Grandgenett, Nealy Frank.

CSEDU 2010 - 2nd International Conference on Computer Supported Education, Proceedings. 2010. p. 393-398 (CSEDU 2010 - 2nd International Conference on Computer Supported Education, Proceedings; Vol. 2).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Barker, BS, Nugent, GC, Adamchuk, VI & Grandgenett, NF 2010, The short-term benefits of educational robotics when paired with geospatial technologies in informal learning environments. in CSEDU 2010 - 2nd International Conference on Computer Supported Education, Proceedings. CSEDU 2010 - 2nd International Conference on Computer Supported Education, Proceedings, vol. 2, pp. 393-398, 2nd International Conference on Computer Supported Education, CSEDU 2010, Valencia, Spain, 4/7/10.
Barker BS, Nugent GC, Adamchuk VI, Grandgenett NF. The short-term benefits of educational robotics when paired with geospatial technologies in informal learning environments. In CSEDU 2010 - 2nd International Conference on Computer Supported Education, Proceedings. 2010. p. 393-398. (CSEDU 2010 - 2nd International Conference on Computer Supported Education, Proceedings).
Barker, Bradley Scott ; Nugent, Gwen C ; Adamchuk, Viacheslav I. ; Grandgenett, Nealy Frank. / The short-term benefits of educational robotics when paired with geospatial technologies in informal learning environments. CSEDU 2010 - 2nd International Conference on Computer Supported Education, Proceedings. 2010. pp. 393-398 (CSEDU 2010 - 2nd International Conference on Computer Supported Education, Proceedings).
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