Adams, J. P., Turner, S. J., Kaczmarczyk, S., Picton, P. and Demian, P. (2008) Problem solving and creativity for undergraduate engineers: findings of an action research project involving robots. In: UNSPECIFIED International Network for Engineering Education & Research (iNEER).
Adams, J. P., Turner, S. J., Kaczmarczyk, S., Picton, P. and Demian, P.
Many researchers have written about the importance and complexities of developing problem solving skills and encouraging creative thinking in engineering students. Research continues to suggest deficiencies in developing or assessing process skills; with the attention of engineering educators being on outcomes or products of problem solving scenarios. This paper considers highlights of this previous work, and how this might inform action research to develop a module to improve and encourage process skills in engineering undergraduates. Findings from the first cycle of action research are presented. Lego Mindstorm robots have been used to provide suitable practical activities, and to stimulate student motivation