Title page for ETD etd-11192010-114102

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Jomento-Cruz, Ingrid Lorelei
URN etd-11192010-114102
Title Robotics as a Means of Increasing Student Achievement in Middle School Science
Degree Master of Natural Sciences (M.N.S.)
Department Natural Sciences (Interdepartmental Program)
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Browne, Dana Committee Chair
Cherry, Michael Committee Member
Watkins, Steven Committee Member
  • LEGO
  • Middleschool
  • Math
  • Science
  • Robotics
Date of Defense 2010-07-06
Availability unrestricted
This study reports on the effectiveness of a Robotics engineering curriculum in increasing the middle school students‘ achievement in science and math. Specifically, it aimed to find out if the students taking the robotics class performed significantly higher in science and math than a control group. The research examined and compared the scores in a pre and posttest and the normalized learning gains of students taking robotics in addition to their regular science and math versus those who are taking science and math only. Although this study showed that there is no significant difference in the science achievement scores of students between the experimental and control group, gender was identified an as important factor that affects the learning outcomes in a Robotics class. Further analyses also showed that despite the fact that students used general math ideas as they engage in the problem solving process during robotics-driven activities, their knowledge of math is no different from those who are not taking robotics.
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