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Robot competitions trick students into learning

Francis wyffels UGent, Karel Bruneel UGent, Pieter-Jan Kindermans, Michiel D'Haene UGent, Pierre Woestyn UGent, Peter Bertels UGent and Benjamin Schrauwen (2011) Proceedings of the 2nd international conference on robotics in education. p.47-51
abstract
It has been shown in the past that robots help to bring theoretical concepts into practice, while at the same time increasing the motivation of the students. Despite these benefits, robots are hardly ever integrated in education programs and at the same time students feel that they have the competences nor the infrastructure to build a robot on their own. Therefore the workgroup electronics (WELEK) of Ghent University gives students the opportunity to build a robot by organizing workshops and competitions. Up until now, four competitions were organized in which over 200 students voluntarily participated. This paper describes our approach in the hope that it will inspire other educators to do the same thing. We also measured the effectiveness of our competitions by sending each of the participants a questionnaire. The results confirm that students acquire relevant technical competences by building a robot, learn to work as a team and are challenged to use their creativity.
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author
organization
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type
conference
publication status
published
subject
keyword
education, robotics, competitions
in
Proceedings of the 2nd international conference on robotics in education
editor
Roland Stelzer and Karim Jafarmadar
pages
47 - 51
conference name
2nd International conference on Robotics in Education (RiE 2011)
conference location
Vienna, Austria
conference start
2011-09-15
conference end
2011-09-16
ISBN
9783200022737
language
English
UGent publication?
yes
classification
C1
copyright statement
I have transferred the copyright for this publication to the publisher
id
1904120
handle
http://hdl.handle.net/1854/LU-1904120
date created
2011-09-20 09:48:21
date last changed
2016-12-19 15:34:42
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  abstract     = {It has been shown in the past that robots help to bring theoretical concepts into practice, while at the same time increasing the motivation of the students. Despite these benefits, robots are hardly ever integrated in education programs and at the same time students feel that they have the competences nor the infrastructure to build a robot on their own. Therefore the workgroup electronics (WELEK) of Ghent University gives students the opportunity to build a robot by organizing workshops and competitions. Up until now, four competitions were organized in which over 200 students voluntarily participated. This paper describes our approach in the hope that it will inspire other educators to do the same thing. We also measured the effectiveness of our competitions by sending each of the participants a questionnaire. The results confirm that students acquire relevant technical competences by building a robot, learn to work as a team and are challenged to use their creativity.},
  author       = {wyffels, Francis and Bruneel, Karel and Kindermans, Pieter-Jan and D'Haene, Michiel and Woestyn, Pierre and Bertels, Peter and Schrauwen, Benjamin},
  booktitle    = {Proceedings of the 2nd international conference on robotics in education},
  editor       = {Stelzer, Roland and Jafarmadar, Karim},
  isbn         = {9783200022737},
  keyword      = {education,robotics,competitions},
  language     = {eng},
  location     = {Vienna, Austria},
  pages        = {47--51},
  title        = {Robot competitions trick students into learning},
  year         = {2011},
}

Chicago
wyffels, Francis, Karel Bruneel, Pieter-Jan Kindermans, Michiel D’Haene, Pierre Woestyn, Peter Bertels, and Benjamin Schrauwen. 2011. “Robot Competitions Trick Students into Learning.” In Proceedings of the 2nd International Conference on Robotics in Education, ed. Roland Stelzer and Karim Jafarmadar, 47–51.
APA
wyffels, F., Bruneel, K., Kindermans, P.-J., D’Haene, M., Woestyn, P., Bertels, P., & Schrauwen, B. (2011). Robot competitions trick students into learning. In R. Stelzer & K. Jafarmadar (Eds.), Proceedings of the 2nd international conference on robotics in education (pp. 47–51). Presented at the 2nd International conference on Robotics in Education (RiE 2011).
Vancouver
1.
wyffels F, Bruneel K, Kindermans P-J, D’Haene M, Woestyn P, Bertels P, et al. Robot competitions trick students into learning. In: Stelzer R, Jafarmadar K, editors. Proceedings of the 2nd international conference on robotics in education. 2011. p. 47–51.
MLA
wyffels, Francis, Karel Bruneel, Pieter-Jan Kindermans, et al. “Robot Competitions Trick Students into Learning.” Proceedings of the 2nd International Conference on Robotics in Education. Ed. Roland Stelzer & Karim Jafarmadar. 2011. 47–51. Print.