STEM Studies: Enhancing 21st Century Skills through Robotics
Donna Herring, Jimmy Barnes, Jacksonville State University, United States
EdMedia + Innovate Learning, in Denver, Colorado, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-95-2 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC
“To be playful and serious at the same time is possible, and it defines the ideal mental condition.” (John Dewey, How We Think) The Intellectual and Policy Foundations of the 21st Century Skills Framework support a growing conviction that the best things we can teach children are how to teach themselves and then others. Integrating a quality Robotics program into an existing curriculum is a perfect way to achieve this. This presentation evolved from the implementation of Robotics as the engineering component of a STEM grant. It was originally implemented with eighth graders and later rolled out to sixth, seventh, and third grade students. The activities are strong in Critical Thinking and Problem Solving, Creativity and Innovation, and Communication and Collaboration which are the components of the Learning and Innovation Skills of the 21st Century Skills. Implementation ideas, teacher training, student activities, and standards correlations will be shared.
Herring, D. & Barnes, J. (2012). STEM Studies: Enhancing 21st Century Skills through Robotics. In T. Amiel & B. Wilson (Eds.), Proceedings of EdMedia 2012--World Conference on Educational Media and Technology (pp. 370-378). Denver, Colorado, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).
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