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Reflections of Rube Goldberg Machines on the Prospective Science Teachers' STEM Awareness

, Kahramanmaras Sutcu Imam University, Turkey

CITE Journal Volume 19, Number 2, ISSN 1528-5804 Publisher: Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education, Waynesville, NC USA

Abstract

The purpose of this study is to examine reflections of the design process of the Rube Goldberg machines on prospective science teachers' STEM awareness. A mixed design approach was opted for in this research. Data were obtained using learning diaries and a STEM awareness scale. Quantitative data was analyzed using a paired samples test. Content analysis was also used for dealing with the qualitative data. The results showed that, based on the findings obtained from both forms of data, Rube Goldberg machines have a positive influence on the STEM awareness of prospective science teachers. The prospective science teachers who took part in this research explained that Rube Goldberg machines are particularly effective in learning science concepts related to simple machines, although it was not one of the purposes of this research. Consequently, future research could be conducted to examine the effectiveness of Rube Goldberg machines in learning basic science concepts related to simple machines.

Citation

Deveci, I. (2019). Reflections of Rube Goldberg Machines on the Prospective Science Teachers' STEM Awareness. Contemporary Issues in Technology and Teacher Education, 19(2), 195-217. Waynesville, NC USA: Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education. Retrieved September 19, 2019 from .