We are studying the impact of the Arts & Bots program on students’ motivation, confidence, and learning with respect to science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields. Educators integrating Arts & Bots into their programs for students are invited to participate in this research study. Any educator using Arts & Bots with their students age five or older is invited to participate. Your participation will help us understand how the Arts & Bots program influences students’ technical knowledge and attitudes towards technology and will help us improve Arts & Bots as well as future CREATE Lab programming.
Participation involves the following steps:
- In advance of beginning your Arts & Bots project with students, submit a letter from a school or district administrator authorizing us to conduct research at your school or district. (We can provide a sample letter.)
- Distribute consent forms to students and their parents. Collect signed consent forms and return them to the research team.
- Allow students time to complete two online surveys before beginning work on Arts & Bots. Surveys are expected to take approximately 10-20 minutes to complete.
- Allow students time to complete two online surveys after completing work on Arts & Bots.
- Teachers complete a survey about their classroom experiences using Arts & Bots.
If you are interested in participating, please complete the form below. Once we receive your information, a researcher will contact you to discuss the research with you in more detail. You can also send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 412-268-6723. We hope that you will be able to help us learn more about how we can engage students with technology!
Publications (APA formatted citations, last updated August 2013)
Cross, J., Bartley, C., Hamner, E., & Nourbakhsh, I. (2013, May 7). Visual Robot-Programming Environment for Multidisciplinary Education. In proceedings of the 2013 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA), Karlsruhe, Germany.
Hamner, E., & Cross, J. (2013, March 9). Arts & Bots: Techniques for distributing a STEAM robotics program through K-12 classrooms. In proceedings of the 2013 IEEE Integrated STEM Education Conference (ISEC), Princeton, NJ.
Gomez, K., Bernstein, D., Zywica, J., & Hamner, E. (2012). Building Technical Knowledge and Engagement in Robotics: An Examination of two Out-of-School Programs. B. Barker, G. Nugent, N. Grandgenett, & V. Adamchuk (Eds.), Robots in K-12 Education: A New Technology for Learning (pp. 222-244). Hershey, PA: Information Science Reference.
Bernstein, D.L. (2010). Developing technological fluency through creative robotics (Doctoral dissertation).
Lauwers, T. (2010, May). Aligning Capabilities of Interactive Educational Tools to Learner Goals (Doctoral dissertation). Technical Report CMU-RI-TR-10-09, Robotics Institute, Carnegie Mellon University.
Hamner, E., Lauwers, T., & Bernstein, D. (2010, March). The debugging task: Evaluating a robotics design workshop. In proceedings of the AAAI Spring Symposium: Educational Robotics and Beyond.
Hamner, E., Lauwers, T., Bernstein, D., Stubbs, K., Crowley, K., & Nourbakhsh, I. (2008, May). Robot Diaries Interim Project Report: Development of a Technology Program for Middle School Girls. Technical Report CMU-RI-TR-08-25. Pittsburgh, PA: Robotics Institute, Carnegie Mellon University.
Hamner, E., Lauwers, T., Bernstein, D., Nourbakhsh, I. R., & DiSalvo, C. F. (2008, March). Robot Diaries: Broadening Participation in the Computer Science Pipeline through Social Technical Exploration. In proceedings of the AAAI Spring Symposium: Using AI to Motivate Greater Participation in Computer Science (pp. 38-43).
Nourbakhsh, I. R., DiSalvo, C. F., Hamner, E., Lauwers, T., & Bernstein, D. (2007). Robot Diaries: An Interdisciplinary Collaboration to Design and Evaluate Educational Robotics. In proceedings of the AAAI Spring Symposium: Multidisciplinary Collaboration for Socially Assistive Robotics (pp. 56-58).