Share Paper: Effective Planning Strategy in Robotics Education: An Embodied Approach

  1. Woonhee Sung, Teachers College, Columbia University, United States
  2. Jung-Hyun Ahn, Teachers College, Columbia University, United States
  3. Shi Ming Kai, Teachers College, Columbia University, United States
  4. John Black, Teachers College, Columbia University, United States
Tuesday, March 7 2:15-2:45 PM Capitol G

Abstract: To investigate the effectiveness of an instructional strategy for robotics education in an elementary educational setting, this study employed LEGO WeDo as a tool in two types of embodiment conditions, full embodied (FE) vs. low embodied (LE). Each group participated in full-body (FE) and hand- (LE) embodied planning activities before constructing and programming the robotics. The study examined students’ problem-solving abilities across groups and the role of spatial ability. Data showed that the FE group demonstrated better problem-solving skills than the LE group. Spatial ability was positively correlated with problem-solving scores. Results of a self-determination survey suggested that the FE ...