The PANaMa Project – RoboCamp 2019 a Case Study: Lessons Learned from an Educational Robotics based Science Camp

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Abstract

In this article we present the details and findings from a case study of a twice held, five day long, science camp on robot technology, with the objective of motivating the participants (N=19), to pursue a future career within the field of STEM. The participants were 7th to 9th grade pupils from Germany. In the article, we describe the results of combining traditional teaching, with constructionism and problem-based learning, as an approach to project work. The projects were set in a real-world context and designed to accommodate for a low floor, high ceiling. In addition, a series of materials were developed with the purpose of limiting the scope of information the participants had to search through, to find the relevant information needed, when working autonomously. Data from the camp was collected through a mixed methods approach, including pre- and post-questionnaires, semi-structured interviews, conversations with the participants and observations. The approach and project design were overall positively received, and it was concluded that the camp had fulfilled its objective. Based on the results from the camp, a series of recommendations for similar future initiatives, was also established.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTEEM'20 : Eighth International Conference on Technological Ecosystems for Enhancing Multiculturality
EditorsFrancisco José García-Peñalvo, Alicia García-Holgado
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Publication dateOct 2020
Pages61-68
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-4503-8850-4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2020
EventTEEM 2020: Technological Ecosystems for Enhancing Multiculturality - Salamanca, Spain
Duration: 21. Oct 202023. Oct 2020

Conference

ConferenceTEEM 2020
Country/TerritorySpain
CitySalamanca
Period21/10/202023/10/2020

Keywords

  • Educational robotics
  • arduino
  • case study
  • challenge-based learning
  • color-sorting
  • computational thinking
  • line-following
  • mixed-methods
  • problem-based learning
  • science camp

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