Educational Robotics Meets Inquiry-Based Learning: Integrating Inquiry-Based Learning into Educational Robotics

Amy Eguchi (Bloomfield College, USA) and Lisbeth Uribe (The School at Columbia University, USA)
Copyright: © 2012 |Pages: 366
EISBN13: 9781466617278|DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-0068-3.ch012
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The chapter introduces an experimental approach to integrating inquiry-based learning into educational robotics in an after school program at a private school in New York City. Educational robotics is a learning tool that can provide a hands-on learning environment in which students constantly encounter problems that trigger inquiries. However, because of the chaotic nature of the educational robotics hands-on learning environment, especially in an after school setting, student inquiry based learning was not obvious to the students and teachers. The authors developed a digital Robotics Engineering Journal to ensure that learning through inquiry became visible. Through the experiment, the authors learned the importance of scaffolding the process of students documenting their learning, while remaining flexible and responsive to the needs and desires of the students.
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