By the ER4STEM Project Team
Christina Todorova, Carina Girvan, Nikoleta Yiannoutsou, Marianthi Grizioti, Ivaylo Gueorguiev, Pavel Varbanov and George Sharkov (2018) Visualizing mathematics with the MathBot: a constructionist activity to explore mathematical concepts through robotics. Constructionism 2018. Vilnius, Lithuania, August 21-25, 2018. View abstract
Through this contribution, we will further present an activity plan, which involves student engagement with mathematical concepts (angle measuring and properties of the circle) in order to program the behaviour of a robot. Our paper reports insights on the implementation of the activity plan focusing students’ evaluation of their experience during the workshop. These insights are drawn from quantitative data from 131 participants (63 boys and 68 girls), capturing the overall student attitude.
The activity plan behind this set of educational robotics workshops was designed, adapted and piloted in alignment to the guidelines of the Bulgarian national curriculum for mathematics for the 4th grade. However, it could function as a practical example, which could be adapted, enriched and modified to benefit other age groups, nationalities and desired learning outcomes.
Ivaylo Gueorguiev, Christina Todorova, Nikoleta Yiannoutsou, Christina Gkreka, Carina Girvan, Pavel Varbanov, George Sharkov, Annalise Duca, Lisa Vittori and Julian Angel Fernandez (2018) Towards a Generic Curriculum for Educational Robotics in STEM: From Scientific Concepts to Technologies and Powerful Ideas. Constructionism 2018. Vilnius, Lithuania, August 21-25, 2018. View abstract
Lammer, L., Lepuschitz, W., Kynigos, C., Giuliano, A., & Girvan, C. (2016). ER4STEM Educational Robotics for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. Robotics in Education Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing, 95-101. doi:10.1007/978-3-319-42975-5_9
Yiannoutsou, N., Nikitopoulou, S., Kynigos, C., Gueorguiev, I., & Angel-Fernandez, J. (2016). Activity Plan Template: A Mediating Tool for Supporting Learning Design with Robotics. Robotics in Education Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing, 3-13. doi:10.1007/978-3-319-42975-5_1
Lepuschitz, W., Koppensteiner, G., Merdan, M. (2016). Offering Multiple Entry-Points into STEM for Young People. Robotics in Education Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing, 41-52. doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-42975-5_4
Koza, C., Lepuschitz, W., Wolff, M., Frank, D., & Koppensteiner, G. (2017). Hedgehog Light – A Versatile, White Box Educational Robotics Controller. Educational Robotics in the Makers Era Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing, 229-232. doi:10.1007/978-3-319-55553-9_19
Vittori, L., Schuster, L., Weinert, N., Koppensteiner, G., & Lepuschitz, W. (2016). Overview and interim evaluation of the project ROBIN: Robotics for integration. 2016 IEEE 8th International Conference on Engineering Education (ICEED). doi:10.1109/iceed.2016.7856096
Angel-Fernandez, J.M., Vincze, M. (2017) Determining the Effect of programming Language in Educational Robotic Activities. 26th IEEE International Symposium on Robot and Human Interactive Communication (RO-MAN).
Xenos, M., Yiannoutsou, N., Grizioti, M., Kynigos, C., & Nikitopoulou, S. (2017). Learning Programming with Educational Robotics: Towards an Integrated Approach. Educational Robotics in the Makers Era, 560, 215. Springer, Cham. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-55553-9
Grizioti M, Xenos, M & Kynigos C. (2016) «Enhancing of student’s interest towards STEM through Educational Robotics activities», 1st Hellenic Conference on Innovating STEM Education ,University of Athens, 2016