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Robotics within the teaching of problem-solving

Turner, S. J. and Hill, G. (2008) Robotics within the teaching of problem-solving. ITALICS. 7(1), pp. 108-119. 1473-7507.

Item Type: Article
Abstract: This paper considers the experiences 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 using Mindstorm (LEGO, Denmark) robot kits. This is being done as a foundation step before the syntax of a language (Java) is taught to enable a Graphical User Interface (GUI) emulation of a previous robot problem. Results of student evaluation and feedback will be presented and the use of two simulators will be considered
Uncontrolled Keywords: Student experience, problem-solving, robots, Java, GUI, emulation
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science > QA76.6 Programming. Study and teaching. Research
T Technology > TJ Mechanical engineering and machinery > TJ210.2 Mechanical devices and figures. Automata. Ingenious mechanisms. Robots (General)
Creators: Turner, Scott J and Hill, Gary
Publisher: Information and Computer Science Subject Centre of the Higher Education Academy
Faculties, Divisions and Institutes: University Faculties, Divisions and Research Centres - OLD > School of Applied Sciences (to 2009) > Computing and Mathematics (to 2009)
Date: June 2008
Date Type: Publication
Page Range: pp. 108-119
Journal or Publication Title: ITALICS
Volume: 7
Number: 1
Language: English
ISSN: 1473-7507
Status: Published / Disseminated
Refereed: Yes

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