Using robots to teach programming to K-12 teachers

Jennifer S. Kay, Janet G. Moss

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    12 Scopus citations


    We present the results of a pilot study in which twenty K-12 teachers were introduced to LEGO NXT-G robot programming through a three-day summer workshop. Our aim was to give teachers the confidence and skills to start after-school robotics programs with their students. We present details on the workshop, including the approach we used to recruit teachers and an overview of the three-day course. We discuss the data gathered from the teachers following the workshop and also give our own recommendations for others who may wish to run a similar program. Participants ranged from elementary school general classroom teachers to high school math, science, and even computer science teachers. Prior to attending our workshop, 89% of the teachers had little or no programming experience and generally were not very confident in their own ability to be able to learn how to program a robot. After completing the workshop, their confidence increased dramatically and they had a strong expectation that they would use the material with their students. A follow-up survey nine months later indicated that hundreds of students and many colleagues were impacted in the first year alone.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Title of host publication2012 Frontiers in Education Conference
    Subtitle of host publicationSoaring to New Heights in Engineering Education, FIE 2012 - Proceedings
    StatePublished - 2012
    Event42nd Annual Frontiers in Education Conference, FIE 2012 - Seattle, WA, United States
    Duration: Oct 3 2012Oct 6 2012

    Publication series

    NameProceedings - Frontiers in Education Conference, FIE
    ISSN (Print)1539-4565


    Other42nd Annual Frontiers in Education Conference, FIE 2012
    Country/TerritoryUnited States
    CitySeattle, WA

    All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

    • Software
    • Education
    • Computer Science Applications


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