Contributing to the Cyberinfrastructure: An Interactive STEM Lesson Development Model for Educational Robotics
Thursday, March 10 11:50 AM-12:10 PM Location: McGavock's A
Abstract: This paper will focus on an NSF project titled SPIRIT 2.0, which is designed to support and provide context for curriculum development in mathematics and science through an integrated robotics-focused approach. The SPIRIT 2.0 cyberinfrastructure is being designed around a unique modular approach to lesson planning for STEM-based discipline in grades 5-12. The modular lesson development design model (referred to as the Vowel Method) allows for STEM lesson components to be interactive and interchangeable and to be selected by teachers based on individual lesson preferences. The individual modules, or components, of the lesson plan follow the vowels of the alphabet (AEIOU), each written so that it can be easily removed from a lesson and replaced with a component of the same vowel. Included will be detail explaining each of the vowel categories, how the curriculum components can used in lesson design, and research findings related to its use.