Turner, S. J. and Hill, G. (2007) Robots in problem-solving and programming. Proceedings of 8th Annual Conference of the Subject Centre for Information and Computer Sciences, University of Southampton, 28-30 August 2007. Ulster: Higher Education Academy Information and Computer Sciences Centre. 9780955200571.
This paper looks at the experience of teaching on a module where problem-solving is taught first, then programming. The main tools for the problem-solving part, alongside two problem-solving approaches, are tasks based on using Mindstorm (LEGO, Denmark) robot kits. This is being done as a foundation step before the syntax of a language (Java) is taught. Results of student evaluation will be presented.