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Using Embodiment with LEGO Robotics to Enhance Physics Understanding in Elementary School Students
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EdMedia + Innovate Learning, in Toronto, Canada ISBN 978-1-880094-81-5 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC

Abstract

Elementary school students were taught to use LEGO NXT Mindstorm, a programmable reconfigurable robot, to observe and learn abstract physics concepts. Students were asked to use instructional embodiment to help programming LEGO robotics in a series of activities that incorporate different physics concepts including force and mass, speed and distance, and friction. The goal of this study is to examine whether embodied experience learned in programming a robotic Agent can be transferred and used as a tool to understanding and build better mental representation of physics concepts for elementary school students.

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Lu, C., Kang, S., Huang, S.C. & Black, J. (2010). Using Embodiment with LEGO Robotics to Enhance Physics Understanding in Elementary School Students. In J. Herrington & C. Montgomerie (Eds.), Proceedings of ED-MEDIA 2010--World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia & Telecommunications (pp. 2989-2992). Toronto, Canada: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved November 15, 2019 from .

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