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Title: Early Childhood Robotics for Learning
Authors: Bers, Marina
Rogers, Chris
Beals, Laura
Portsmore, Merredith
Staszowski, Kevin
Cejka, Erin
Carberry, Adam
Gravel, Brian
Anderson, Janice
Barnett, Michael
Issue Date: Jun-2006
Publisher: International Society of the Learning Sciences
Citation: Bers, M., Rogers, C., Beals, L., Portsmore, M., Staszowski, K., Cejka, E., Carberry, A., Gravel, B., Anderson, J., & Barnett, M. (2006). Early Childhood Robotics for Learning. In Barab, S. A., Hay, K. E., & Hickey, D. T. (Eds.), The International Conference of the Learning Sciences: Indiana University 2006. Proceedings of ICLS 2006, Volume 2 (pp. 1036-1042). Bloomington, Indiana, USA: International Society of the Learning Sciences.
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 ROBOLABTM 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.
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