Here are some preliminary data from the robotics interviews I conducted this year. I recorded responses when watching the video of the interviews and grouped the same or similar responses together. There were lots of unique answers and I some of these were very interesting. I will publish those next as the most notable quotes from the interviews.
What did you like about robotics?
24 Mentioned the project as fun
15 Got to build/hands on
8 Different than other school work/special/exciting
7 Liked the programming even though it was hard
4 It was satisfying/exciting getting things to work
2 Liked the trial and error
2 Had to learn to compromise, work together
2 Got to move around, not stay in seat
What was hard?
4 Being patient
2 Parts falling off
2 Programming sensors
What did you learn?
3 Science/how things work
2 Distance = rate x time