Aoife Nic Chraith, Kevin Kelly, LEGO MINDSTORMS AS A TEACHING TOOL IN ENGINEERING EDUCATION, 27th International Manufacturing Conference, Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology, 1st-3rd Sept. 2010
Proceedings of the 27th International Manufacturing Conference;
The primary purpose of this paper is the development of an active-learning, constructivist coursework plan, adhering to the Conceive Design Implement Operate (CDIO) initiative, for integration with the standard second level school syllabus.
Initial investigation was executed through questionnaire research within multiple environments, and with students of varying ages from numerous educational backgrounds. Based on the results, the initial plans for a Transition Year coursework syllabus were developed. The potential assignment designs were initially tested within a classroom environment of twenty students of the Centre for Talented Youth in Ireland (CTYI). The finalized coursework was then executed within a Transition Year class of Santa Sabina, Sutton, and the functionality of the course plan continuously monitored in order to refine the syllabus.
The secondary objective of the development of a demonstration model suitable for use at college open days and presentations for primary and secondary level institutions was also included in this study. Development of the demonstration model was executed through the investigation of the characteristics and functions of a mechanism which students would find attractive. These findings were incorporated alongside the considered technical and educational requirements of an engineering presentation, for the development of presentation model design.
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