Year of Publication

1987

Paper Type

Master's Thesis

College

College of Education and Human Services

Degree Name

Master of Education (MEd)

Department

Education

First Advisor

Dr. Royal Van Horn

Second Advisor

Dr. Paul Eggen

Third Advisor

Dr. Sandra McDonald

Abstract

The purpose of this project was to research and develop a robotics curriculum appropriate to junior high school students. Specifically, this project developed a two-week, ten-hour robotic curriculum to introduce eighth-grade students to basic robotic concepts. After a careful examination of the related literature and after an evaluation of current trends in robotic education, objectives were developed. The objectives integrated content from industrial arts, science, college-level courses on robotics, and very basic concepts used in elementary schools as an introduction to robotics. Lessons were developed which used a multisensory approach and activities emphasized hands on experiences for students. Conclusions which were drawn after a review of related literature, development of the curriculum, and pilot testing are included along with recommendations for possible improvement and expansion of this project. The importance of keeping pace with developing technologies is stressed throughout the curriculum which was developed.

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