Application of Educational Robotics on an Automated Water Management System

Application of Educational Robotics on an Automated Water Management System

Panagiotis Karkazis (6th Lab Center of Piraeus, Piraeus, Greece), Panagiotis Balourdos (6th Lab Center of Piraeus, Piraeus, Greece), Georgios Pitsiakos (6th Lab Center of Piraeus, Piraeus, Greece), Konstantinos Asimakopoulos (6th Lab Center of Piraeus, Piraeus, Greece), Ioannis Saranteas (6th Lab Center of Piraeus, Piraeus, Greece), Thomais Spiliou (6th Lab Center of Piraeus, Piraeus, Greece) and Dimitra Roussou (6th Lab Center of Piraeus, Piraeus, Greece)
Copyright: © 2018 |Pages: 12
DOI: 10.4018/IJSEUS.2018010103

Abstract

Early School Leaving (ESL) has a negative impact in the European educational systems. Despite the fact that ESL is a result of a long process of school failures, it seems that part of it has to do with specific educational practices. Furthermore, the latest studies show that the adoption of the educational Robotics (ER) could help regain the student's interest in school. In this article, the authors present a teaching approach using Educational Robotics. Within the RoboESL Erasmus project, that aims to encourage the weaker students to maintain a positive attitude towards school and at the same time promote creative thinking, teamwork and problem solving. The activity examines the optimization problem of the irrigation process by designing and implementing a fully automated system based on the Arduino Uno platform. Students are motivated to take responsibility for their own learning and understand how knowledge itself is constructed, while trying to find solutions to technical issues related to the irrigation problem. They are encouraged to try different approaches to learning and to take responsibility for their own educational progress.
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2. Educational Approach

The present curriculum proposal constitutes an application of Robotics within the context of education. It utilizes contemporary theories of learning (constructivism, project-based learning) with a student-centered approach (Paper & Harel, 1991). It examines the genuine issue of the effective administration of water resources, by provoking the student to design and implement an automated configuration for the collection and distribution of water through the use of the Arduino Uno programing platform. The students are encouraged to find solutions in various original, technical and programming related problems that arise during the educational process.

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