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Educational Robotics for Creating Effective Computer Science Learning for All

Educational Robotics for Creating Effective Computer Science Learning for All
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Author(s): Amy Eguchi (University of California, San Diego, USA)
Copyright: 2021
Pages: 26
Source title: Handbook of Research on Equity in Computer Science in P-16 Education
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Jared Keengwe (University of North Dakota, USA) and Yune Tran (Montclair State University, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-7998-4739-7.ch004

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Abstract

President Obama's initiative, “computer science for all,” has been a rallying slogan for promoting computer science in K-12 education. Although the participation of people of color in computer science (CS) has increased in the past several years, it is still drastically low and does not reflect the real picture of our society. This chapter explores how educational robotics as a learning tool can inspire underrepresented minorities including females and students of color to become interested in CS. Supported by Papert's constructionism theory, educational robotics effectively facilitates students' learning of various concepts in CS and STEM. Educational robotics is a learning tool which inspires students' interest in learning. It provides a learning environment that promotes students' learning of various CS concepts and computational thinking skills. Although robots naturally spark students' interests, to make it most effective, teachers are required effortfully to create learning opportunities that are authentic and meaningful for individual students.

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