Innovative session: Early childhood robotics for learning

Marina Bers, Chris Rogers, Laura Beals, Merredith Portsmore, Kevin Staszowski, Erin Cejka, Adam Carberry, Brian Gravel, Janice Anderson, Michael Barnett

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Abstract

Robotics is a powerful learning manipulative for young children (four through seven years) as it enables the early introduction of engineering and programming. This session begins with a theoretical introduction to the robotic technology of programmable LEGO® bricks and its relationship to developmentally appropriate practice. This will be followed by an interactive poster and demonstration session where participants can learn about and discuss different research projects using robotics in early childhood education, including: fostering interactions between parents and children; promoting problem-solving skills; engaging teachers with different teaching styles; innovative partnerships between pre-service teachers, in-service teachers, and engineers; innovative curriculum projects using this technology; and the use of robotics with special needs students. A table with LEGO bricks and computers with ROBOLAB" software will be available so participants can explore the materials in a hands-on workshop environment. After the presentations, the session organizer will lead an open discussion.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationICLS 2006 - International Conference of the Learning Sciences, Proceedings
Pages1036-1042
Number of pages7
StatePublished - Dec 1 2006
Externally publishedYes
Event7th International Conference of the Learning Sciences, ICLS 2006 - Bloomington, IN, United States
Duration: Jun 27 2006Jul 1 2006

Publication series

NameICLS 2006 - International Conference of the Learning Sciences, Proceedings
Volume2

Other

Other7th International Conference of the Learning Sciences, ICLS 2006
CountryUnited States
CityBloomington, IN
Period6/27/067/1/06

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science (miscellaneous)
  • Education

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    Bers, M., Rogers, C., Beals, L., Portsmore, M., Staszowski, K., Cejka, E., Carberry, A., Gravel, B., Anderson, J., & Barnett, M. (2006). Innovative session: Early childhood robotics for learning. In ICLS 2006 - International Conference of the Learning Sciences, Proceedings (pp. 1036-1042). (ICLS 2006 - International Conference of the Learning Sciences, Proceedings; Vol. 2).