Category Archives: Research

Robotics Quick Update

Sorry I have not been posting much.  I spent a lot of time this summer working on my “comps” papers for my PhD.  This involved a robotics literature review and a write up of my pilot study, where I examined … Continue reading

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Timeline

I want to plot kid’s engineering design process cycles but don’t know how to get EXCEL to combine events of the same type on the same line.  For the example below, I want the 2 PLAN events to be on … Continue reading

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Summer Beach Reading

Bazeley, P., & Jackson, K. (2013). Qualitative data analysis with NVivo. Sage Publications Limited. Coch, D., Fischer, K. W., & Dawson, G. (2010). Human behavior, learning, and the developing brain: Typical development. Guilford Press. Gough, D., Oliver, S., & Thomas, … Continue reading

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Elementary Robotics Book Talk – June 19, 2014 – Meekins Library, Williamsburg

Author’s Talk John Heffernan Elementary Robotics: Sustaining the Natural Engineering Instincts of Children Thursday, June 19, 2014 7 PM to 8 PM 2 Williams Street, Williamsburg, MA 01341 413-268-7472 Toddlers, preschoolers, and kindergarteners are natural engineers. They love sand castles, … Continue reading

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Comprehensive Exam Proposal

Comprehensive Examination Proposal Elementary Robotics Case Study John Heffernan University of Massachusetts, Amherst March 19, 2014   Problem Statement Designerly play has been identified as a fundamental component of childhood learning (Baynes, 1994). Designerly play is supported in typical preschool … Continue reading

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Drumming Monkey – The Science of Rhythm

I have struggled for years with the science experiment part of the LEGO WeDo Drumming Monkey robot. The experiment workshop tells the students to write down “What I see or hear.” Without further instruction, second grade students tend to write … Continue reading

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Taxonomy of Robotics Skills

I have been thinking about a how robotics skills intersect. This Venn diagram show my first stab at a taxonomy of robotics skills and how engineering, programming, and building intersect in educational robotics. This still needs work but I would … Continue reading

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Design Based Science Bibliography

Barak, M., & Zadok, Y. (2009). Robotics projects and learning concepts in science, technology and problem solving. International Journal of Technology and Design Education, 19(3), 289–307. Baynes, K. (1994). Designerly play. Loughborough: Loughborough University of Technology, Department of Design and … Continue reading

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Grade 3 Vehicle Challenge

Here are some photos from our grade 3 open ended challenge to design a WeDo vehicle.  I reviewed 3 ways to connect motor to wheels before they started: gears, pulleys, or direct drives. Students used the base WeDo kit. However, … Continue reading

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Design Based Science

A few of you may be interested in this literature review of design based science I just completed.  It reviews a good number of papers and studies that evaluate how science concepts and processes can be taught using design.  Design … Continue reading

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