Robotics and problem-based learning in stem formal educational environments

Neal Grandgenett, Elliott Ostler, Neal Topp, Robert Goeman

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Some of the best learning may occur in the context of a problem, whether in life or in the formal educational classroom. This chapter focuses on the use of educational robotics as a rich context for real-life applications and problems that can encourage the teaching and learning of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) in formal K-12 educational environments. The chapter presents research related to the compatibility of educational robotics with problem-based learning, as well as two years of field test results from a National Science Foundation (NSF) project that is developing, testing, and refining an educational robotics curriculum. This curriculum has a foundation of problem-based learning strategies. The national curriculum effort uses an open-source programmable, robot platform and a Web-based cyber-infrastructure delivery system that provides teachers with a flexible lesson structure, compatible with national standards and engaging students in problem-based learning.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationK-12 Education
Subtitle of host publicationConcepts, Methodologies, Tools, and Applications
PublisherIGI Global
Number of pages26
ISBN (Electronic)9781466645035
ISBN (Print)1466645024, 9781466645028
StatePublished - Sep 30 2013

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences(all)


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