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ROBOSHOPS Coding and Robotics Workshops for Primary Students

Project Leaders: Garry Falloon & Nilesh Kanji Researcher: Garry Falloon

Project Dates: 2016 - 2017

The Research

ROBOSHOPS are 'hands on' workshops undertaken in primary schools to help young people learn the basics of building computer code and using code to control 2-dimensional avatars and 3- dimensional robots. The research aligned with this project explores how ROBOSHOPS support the development of students' computational concepts, knowledge of code and its functions, and attitudes and enthusiasm towards technology engagement.

Why is this research important?

ROBOSHOPS are part of the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment's Unlocking Curious Minds (UCM) programme. UCM projects respond to Ministry calls for promoting higher levels of engagement of young people in technology-related activities, with the expectation that these may flow on to high level study or career options. This research is to determine whether ROBOSHOPS offers the potential for this in the field of coding and robotics.

What is the potential impact of the research?

ROBOSHOPS has the dual focus of promoting student and teacher engagement and capability. As

  • coding is likely to comprise part of the core of digital technologies in the New Zealand school
  • curriculum, this work is both relevant and timely. Its findings will be of interest to teachers, teacher professional learning providers, policy-makers and industry sector groups

Media output

https://educators.co.nz/story/roboshops-unlocking-curious-minds-nz/

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