Qualitative Study Exploring Robots as a Potential Teaching Tool for Computational Thinking in a Sixth-Grade Classroom
Carol Munn, BRRSD, United States
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in San Diego, CA, United States ISBN 978-1-939797-61-2 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC USA
The youth of today are the newest members of the emerging digital age. These students are sponges for absorbing and retaining information when given the opportunity in the classroom. CT brings to the classroom exciting and innovative activities which infuse robotics with hands-on application platforms in the science and mathematics curriculum, but the education system has missed a core set of young open-minded eager students at intermediate school level. CT integration within the K-12 education system is slowly extending and infiltrating across the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields. With today’s vision in education focusing on the 21st-Century learner, Computational Thinking (CT) is emerging as a key component in the skill set necessary for the new generation of learners. CT poses a strong ideology based on problem-solving equally conveying an essential position in cross-curricular classroom activities. Turning to today’s focus on emerging and global education, CT competency is considered a fundamental skill and has a place in (STEM). This session exposes CT through a study relating experiences and interactions by students when engaging in a science lesson utilizing robots. Focusing on how do students engage the CT key concepts of (a) abstraction; (b) decomposition; (c) pattern recognition; and (d) algorithm when participating in robotics activity.
Munn, C. (2022). Qualitative Study Exploring Robots as a Potential Teaching Tool for Computational Thinking in a Sixth-Grade Classroom. In E. Langran (Ed.), Proceedings of Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 59-66). San Diego, CA, United States: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).
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