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Synchronous Educational Robotics Competitions in the Virtual World

, University of Nebraska - Lincoln, United States ; , University of Nebraska-Lincoln, United States ; , University of Nebraska at Omaha, United States ; , University of Nebraska-Lincoln, United States

EdMedia + Innovate Learning, in Honolulu, HI, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-73-0 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC


Robotics competitions with middle and high school students are well-established mechanisms to enhance student interest and engagement in STEM career pathways and to build teamwork skills. However, synchronous in-person competitions pose a variety of barriers that may limit student participation. To combat the most prevalent barrier, travel and associated costs, the Nebraska 4-H Robotics and GPS/GIS project ran a virtual robotics competition where teams of participants competed in real-time from geographically dispersed sites across the state. This exploratory study examined the effectiveness of a virtual robotic competition to help foster student competencies in work related skills.


Barker, B., Nugent, G., Grandgenett, N. & Adamchuk, V. (2009). Synchronous Educational Robotics Competitions in the Virtual World. In G. Siemens & C. Fulford (Eds.), Proceedings of ED-MEDIA 2009--World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia & Telecommunications (pp. 3237-3242). Honolulu, HI, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved February 19, 2019 from .


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