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Developing Extended Real and Virtual Robotics Enhancement Classes with Years 10–13

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Robotics in Education

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There is growing evidence of the potential of educational robotics to enhance science, technology, engineering and mathematics education provided that they are deployed carefully. This paper describes a developmental research project between a university and a secondary school in the UK to develop extended robotics enhancement classes, mainly using LEGO MINDSTORMS robotic kits, and GeoGebra, which was used to animate virtual robots. Two styles of class were deployed: student-led project creations and facilitator-led challenges. The pedagogical principles underpinning these classes and their design are discussed. Feedback generally indicated that the classes were successful and appreciated by the students but they experienced difficulties in incorporating the virtual robotic element. Lessons learnt from the project, including the development of employability skills, the potential impact on students with autism, and the effective use of peer students, are discussed. The possibility of combining the two styles of class together is proposed.

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Samuels, P., Poppa, S. (2017). Developing Extended Real and Virtual Robotics Enhancement Classes with Years 10–13. In: Merdan, M., Lepuschitz, W., Koppensteiner, G., Balogh, R. (eds) Robotics in Education. Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing, vol 457. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-42975-5_7

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