Friday, August 3 • 1:30pm - 2:00pm
Designing Biomimetic Robots in Middle School

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The goal of Designing Biomimetic Robots is to develop and study an education program that integrates science, engineering, and computing by engaging students in biomimicry design challenges. Middle school students will study how animals and plants accomplish different tasks, and engineer a robot inspired by what they learned. Our design goal is to create an interdisciplinary learning environment for students. This submission describes the project's design conjectures (Sandoval, 2014), including the embodiments and mediating processes that guide our design work. We also describe some persistent design challenges we are confronting, including: (i) How can we maximize possibilities for student agency and creativity while providing sufficient constraints and support materials? (ii) How can we maximize biomimetic elements in the engineering solution? (iii) How can student documentation support engineering practice and interdisciplinary thinking?

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Debra Bernstein

Senior Research Associate, TERC
Debra Bernstein is a Senior Researcher at TERC. In her research and evaluation work shestudies STEM learning in K-12 and informal environments, with an emphasis on approaches thatincrease CS engagement and learning to broaden participation of diverse and underservedaudiences. Debra... Read More →
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Gillian Puttick

Senior Scientist, TERC
Research on youth-created games to learn science, curriculum design about climate change for middle and/or high school; high school students using Smart Cities data to learn about their communities

Friday August 3, 2018 1:30pm - 2:00pm
MIT Tang Center, E51-372 - Classroom, Building E51 2 Amherst St, Cambridge, MA 02142, USA

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