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Learning Programming with Educational Robotics: Towards an Integrated Approach

  • Marios XenosEmail author
  • Nikoleta Yiannoutsou
  • Marianthi Grizioti
  • Chronis Kynigos
  • Sofia Nikitopoulou
Conference paper
Part of the Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing book series (AISC, volume 560)

Abstract

Despite the fact that it has been a few years since robotics entered the school and offered new learning opportunities, educational robotics usually is offered in the context of extra-curricular activity (e.g. a “club”) which addresses a limited number of students and participation is based on student personal interest. In this paper we explore the potential of ER when it is integrated in the typical school curriculum. In the study we report here, we integrated ER in the computer science curriculum and all students of a 9th grade class engaged with robotics activities. The rationale underlying the study is that robotics can be used as a medium to motivate students in engaging with programming and support them to negotiate real life problems. Analysis of the data collected, indicate that ER when integrated with the computer science curriculum, can create a rich learning environment where programming is contextualized and students are highly motivated to engage and negotiate important STEM concepts.

Keywords

Constructionism Programming Educational robotics 

Notes

Acknowledgments

The research reported here has received funding from H2020 project Educational Robotics for STEM: ER4STEM (No. 665972).

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Marios Xenos
    • 1
    Email author
  • Nikoleta Yiannoutsou
    • 1
  • Marianthi Grizioti
    • 1
  • Chronis Kynigos
    • 1
  • Sofia Nikitopoulou
    • 1
  1. 1.Educational Technology Lab, Department of Pedagogy, School of PhilosophyNational and Kapodistrian University of AthensAthensGreece

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