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“Creating a LEGO Robot as My Experiment Assistant”: The Application of LEGO Mindstorms NXT in Elementary Science Education
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, Graduate Institute of Learning & Instruction, National Central University, Taiwan ; , Graduate Institute of Learning & Instruction and Center for Teacher Education, National Central University, Taiwan ; , Department of Technology Application and Human Resource Development, National Taiwan Normal University, Taiwan ; , Taoyuan Ta-Yeh Elementary School, Taiwan

E-Learn: World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education, in Orlando, Florida, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-83-9 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), San Diego, CA

Abstract

LEGO Mindstorms NXT has been popularly used in programming classes and has been seen as a useful teaching aid. However, few studies so far have focused on the effectiveness of Mindstorms NXT in science education. Therefore, this study proposes a course entitled “Creating a LEGO Robot as My Experiment Assistant”. Its aim is to assist scientific learning utilizing LEGO Mindstorms NXT. An implementation of this course is outlined focusing on the learning topic of energy resource concepts, and a case study was conducted to evaluate the potential usefulness of the course. Eight fourth-grade elementary school students were selected as course participants, and the results demonstrate that course participants gained greater scientific understanding, with most participants indicating highly positive perceptions toward the course. Students expressed that this course is interesting and useful, and they have a high willingness to participate in similar courses in the future. Some recommendations are also proposed based on these results.

Citation

Lin, Y.C., Liu, T.C., Lin, Y.C. & Yang, H.C. (2010). “Creating a LEGO Robot as My Experiment Assistant”: The Application of LEGO Mindstorms NXT in Elementary Science Education. In J. Sanchez & K. Zhang (Eds.), Proceedings of E-Learn 2010--World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education (pp. 1977-1982). Orlando, Florida, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved September 18, 2019 from .

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