Robots in K-12 Education: A New Technology for Learning
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Robots in K-12 Education: A New Technology for Learning

Bradley S. Barker (University of Nebraska – Lincoln, USA), Gwen Nugent (University of Nebraska-Lincoln, USA), Neal Grandgenett (University of Nebraska-Omaha, USA) and Viacheslav I. Adamchuk (McGill University, USA)
Release Date: February, 2012|Copyright: © 2012 |Pages: 402
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-0182-6
ISBN13: 9781466601826|ISBN10: 1466601825|EISBN13: 9781466601833
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Description & Coverage

Educational robotics provides students with a learning environment that has the potential to successfully integrate concepts within science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) into K12 learning environments in class, after school, or for robotics competitions.

Robots in K-12 Education: A New Technology for Learning explores the theory and practice of educational robotics in the K-12 formal and informal educational settings, providing empirical research supporting the use of robotics for STEM learning. An essential resource for STEM educators, the book explores processes and strategies for developing and implementing robotics-based programs and documents the impact of educational robotics on youth learning by presenting research-based descriptions of robotics technologies and programs, as well as illustrative examples of learning activities, lessons, and assessments.


The many academic areas covered in this publication include, but are not limited to:

  • Constructionist Learning Methodologies
  • Educational Robotics
  • Hardware and Software for Robotics
  • Innovation in Formal and Informal Educational Environments
  • Medibotics
  • Project-Based Learning with Robotics
  • Robotics Competitions
  • Robotics Outreach Programs
  • Theories for Educational Robotics
  • Virtual Robotics
Reviews and Testimonials

I believe that [this book] will help to serve as a pathfinder for students and educators alike, providing some of the basics of robotic theory and ways to capture the interest of and generate excitement for those in the learning environment through the use of formal, informal (outside of the classroom), and competitive robotic educational genres. Further, it provides information and discussions for determining methods of measurement regarding our ability to change the way we learn, and the associated attitudes amidst a developing workforce.

– Clayton C. Anderson, United States Astronaut

Organized into four sections, the work begins with theoretical and instructional perspectives on the use of robots in K-12 education, including how robotics works and how to measure the impact, as well as STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) career skills that can be developed through effective use. [...] This is valuable to any academic collection, from kindergarten through college, where robotics might be considered for use in the curriculum or as an extracurricular activity.

– Sara Marcus, American Reference Books Annual
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Editor/Author Biographies
Bradley Barker, Professor and Youth Development Specialist with Nebraska 4-H received his Ph.D. in Administration, Curriculum, and Instruction in the area of Instructional Technology in 2002. Dr. Barker spent eight years with Nebraska Educational Telecommunications where he was an Interactive Media Producer. Dr. Barker has directed media productions for the CLASS project, the Nebraska Law Enforcement Training Center, and the Nebraska National Guard. Dr. Barker has been the Principal Investigator on two National Science Foundation Grants to develop the Nebraska 4-H Robotics and GPS/GIS program and to scale-up the program to a national audience. Dr. Barker was also the PI on the National 4-H Robotics: Engineering for Today and Tomorrow curriculum development grant for National 4-H Council and CSREES. Dr. Barker’s research interests include the development and evaluation of educational technology systems for STEM education in non-formal learning environments.
Gwen Nugent is Research Associate Professor of the Nebraska Center for Research on Children, Youth, Families, and Schools at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Dr. Nugent coordinates implementation and research projects focusing on the development and delivery of instruction and training to improve student learning and teacher competencies. She has over 30 years experience in the design and evaluation of mediated instruction and training, and many of her projects are distributed nationally and internationally. She is currently a principal investigator and/or evaluator for grants funded by the National Science Foundation, the U. S. Department of Education, and Department of Transportation.
Neal Grandgenett is the Dr. George and Sally Haddix Community Chair of STEM Education in the College of Education at UNO where he teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in mathematics education, interdisciplinary STEM learning, and research methods. Dr. Grandgenett’s research interests include the development and evaluation of technology-based learning environments in STEM Education, and he has authored over 100 articles and research papers related to these interests. He is also a Software Review Editor for the Mathematics and Computer Education Journal, published internationally. He received his Ph.D. from Iowa State University and his Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees from UNO.
Viacheslav I. Adamchuk, originally from Kyiv, Ukraine, has obtained a Mechanical Engineering degree from the National Agricultural University of Ukraine in his hometown. Later, he received both MS and PhD degrees in Agricultural and Biological Engineering from Purdue University (West Lafayette, Indiana). Soon after graduation, Dr. Adamchuk started his academic career as a faculty of Biological Systems Engineering Department at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (Lincoln, Nebraska). There, he taught university students, conducted research, and delivered outreach programs relevant to precision agriculture, spatial data management, and education robotics. Also he was involved in OECD tractor testing program and developed a methodology to validate the accuracy of tractor auto-guidance systems. After almost ten years of work in Nebraska, Dr. Adamchuk has started his new appointment in Bioresource Engineering Department at McGill University (Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue, Quebec, Canada), while keeping his adjunct status at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
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Editorial Review Board
  • Carl Nelson, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, USA
  • Paul Clark, University of Nebraska at Omaha, USA
  • Tim Ewers, University of Idaho, USA
  • Elliott Ostler, University of Nebraska at Omaha, USA
  • Lisa Bouillion Diaz, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA
  • David Gibson, Arizona State University, USA
  • Randal August, Northeastern University, USA
  • Chris Rogers, Tufts University, USA
  • Beth McGrath, Stevens Institute of Technology, USA
  • Richard Mahacek, University of California, Davis, USA
  • Marina Bers, Tufts University, USA
  • Jill Zande, MATE Center, Monterey Peninsula College, USA
  • Merredith Portsmore, Tufts University, USA