A collaborative robotics engagement project

Chalmers, Christina (2013) A collaborative robotics engagement project. In Engagement Australia Conference, 15-17 July 2013, Australian Catholic University, Melbourne, VIC.

Abstract

This paper reports on an evaluation of a collaborative robotics engagement project involving teachers from local schools and an academic from Queensland University of Technology (QUT). Engaged community projects are aimed at building stronger relationships between universities and their local communities (Sandman, Williams & Abrams, 2009). This partnership leads to mutually beneficial outcomes, builds community capacity, and can focus on aspirations and access to higher education for school students (Scull & Cuthill, 2010). The Robotics@QUT project aimed to build a partnership between local teachers and the university in order to provide students from a low SES area opportunity to engage in robotics-based Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) activities. Students from low SES regions are underrepresented at university and less likely to pursue studies in these fields (Bradley, Noonan, Nugent, & Scales, 2008). Having teachers who provide engaging STEM activities is an important motivating factor for students to enjoy STEM and do well in STEM subjects (Tytler, Osborne Williams Tytler & Clark, 2008).

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ID Code: 67854
Item Type: Conference Item (Presentation)
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Robotics, Teacher Professional Development, Confidence, Knowledge, Engagement
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Curriculum
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2013 The Author(s)
Deposited On: 27 Feb 2014 01:59
Last Modified: 04 Dec 2016 00:33

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