Integrating robot design competitions into the curriculum and K-12 outreach activities

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Abstract

The Penn State Abington campus has integrated several mobile robot design competitions into project-based design activities to provide enhancement for undergraduate engineering and information sciences and technology courses and also to provide outreach to K-12 institutions. The robot competitions, which encourage interdisciplinary design, teamwork, and rapid prototyping, support a wide range of educational outcomes in a variety of courses. A survey of undergraduate students was also implemented to identify the key lessons learned and overall educational quality of the robot competition activities. Overall, the responses on the quality of the robot competition experience were very positive. The strategic selection and implementation of robot design competitions, such as described in this paper, provide a cost-effective approach to enhancing the curriculum, promoting retention, and encouraging interest in science and technology (STEM) careers in K-12 students.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProgress in Robotics - FIRA RoboWorld Congress 2009, Proceedings
Pages271-278
Number of pages8
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2009
Event12th FIRA RoboWorld Congress on Progress in Robotics 2009 - Incheon, Korea, Republic of
Duration: Aug 16 2009Aug 20 2009

Publication series

NameCommunications in Computer and Information Science
Volume44 CCIS
ISSN (Print)1865-0929

Other

Other12th FIRA RoboWorld Congress on Progress in Robotics 2009
Country/TerritoryKorea, Republic of
CityIncheon
Period8/16/098/20/09

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Computer Science(all)
  • Mathematics(all)

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