Robot RAL-ly international - Promoting STEM in elementary school across international boundaries using remote access technology

Maxwell, Andrew and Fogarty, Roderick and Gibbings, Peter and Noble, Karen and Kist, Alexander A. and Midgley, Warren (2013) Robot RAL-ly international - Promoting STEM in elementary school across international boundaries using remote access technology. In: 10th International Conference on Remote Engineering and Virtual Instrumentation (REV 2013): Moving from Design to Innovation and Impact, 6-8 Feb 2013, Sydney, Australia.

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Engaging school children early in STEM activities plays an important role in their choice to study engineering in later years. This paper describes a pilot project where Remote Access Laboratory technology at a university is employed in an inquiry-based learning activity with elementary school children in Japan and Australia. Investigation into how RAL technology facilitated collaborative learning in the K-12 demographic was then examined. Children in Japan designed a track that was constructed by their peers in Australia. The Japanese students then navigated the track in Australia with remotely controlled robots using the RAL system. A number of camera feeds allowed the students to observe the robots and the track. Both groups of students, as well as the participant researchers, took part in co-constructed focus group discussions after the event. A thematic analysis indicates that these activities provide students with opportunities for rich learning experiences in science, math and technology. Engaging young children in STEM activities provides a strong pathway to a better understanding of science concepts and ultimately a career in engineering.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Copyright © 2013 by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Inc. Permanent restricted access to published version due to publisher copyright policy.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Engineering and Surveying - Department of Electrical, Electronic and Computer Engineering
Date Deposited: 21 May 2013 23:32
Last Modified: 07 Feb 2017 01:12
Uncontrolled Keywords: remote access laboratory; STEM
Fields of Research : 09 Engineering > 0906 Electrical and Electronic Engineering > 090602 Control Systems, Robotics and Automation
08 Information and Computing Sciences > 0806 Information Systems > 080608 Information Systems Development Methodologies
13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130212 Science, Technology and Engineering Curriculum and Pedagogy
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9302 Teaching and Instruction > 930203 Teaching and Instruction Technologies
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1109/REV.2013.6502895

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