Retention 101: Where robots go ... Students follow

Pomalaza-Ráez, C. and Groff, B. H. (2002) Retention 101: Where robots go ... Students follow. [Conference Proceedings]

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Abstract

At Indiana University - Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW) we have developed ETCS 101 -Introduction to Engineering, Technology, and Computer Science, a freshman success course for students in the School of Engineering, Technology, and Computer Science (ETCS). The main objective of this course is to help students find a successful career path early in their studies, i.e. increase retention. The course aims to provide students with sufficient computer and personal development skills and to help them develop the right mental attitude conducive for academic success. Features of the course include projects of software and hardware nature, extensive use of the Internet and Web software tools, and a team-teaching format. As the main project of this course, small teams of students design, build, program, and test an autonomous mobile robot using LEGO® parts, sensors, and the Robotic Command eXplorer (RCX) controller. This is a multidisciplinary, project-driven learning process that encourages students to develop problem solving and teamwork skills and fosters their creativity and logic. Robotic projects are multidisciplinary in the sense that they involve a wide range of disciplines; including computer science, physics, math, biology, psychology, engineering, and art.

Item Type: Conference Proceedings
Additional Information: Conference code: 63711; Export Date: 23 February 2015; CODEN: ACOPD; Correspondence Address: Pomalaza-Ráez, C.; Indiana Univ. - Purdue U. Fort Wayne, 2101 East Coliseum Blvd., Fort Wayne, IN 46805, United States; email: raez@ipfw.edu; References: Mullins, C.A., Atman, C.J., Shuman, L.J., Gotfried, B.S., Freshman expectations of an engineering program (1995) Proceedings of the 1995 ASEE Annual Conference, 1, pp. 173-178. , June 25-28, Anaheim, California; Davis, G.J., An introduction to computer programming for students with no programming experience (1991) 1991 Frontiers in Education Conference Proceedings, pp. 748-752. , September 21-24, West Lafayette, Indiana; Besterfield-Sacre, M., Atman, C.J., Shuman, L.J., Characteristics of freshman engineering students: Models for determining student attrition in engineering (1997) Journal of Engineering Education, 86 (2), pp. 139-149. , April; Mandayam, S., Udpa Satish, S., Motivating engineering freshmen with buzz-words: High-tech applications in introductory engineering courses (1997) Proceedings of the 1997 27 th Annual Conference on Frontiers in Education, 3, pp. 1206-1211. , November 5-8, Pittsburgh, PA; Piket-May, M.J., Avery, J.P., Results of client based freshman design projects (1997) Proceedings of the 1997 27 th Annual Conference on Frontiers in Education, 3, pp. 634-637. , November 5-8, Pittsburgh, PA; Barefoot, B.O., Exploring the evidence: Reporting outcomes of freshman seminars (1993) The Freshman Year Experience: Monograph Series Number 11, 11. , South Carolina University, Columbia, South Carolina; Hodum, R.L., Martin, O.L., An examination of college retention rates with a university 101 program (1994) Proceedings of the Annual Meeting of Mid-south Education Research Association, , November 11, Nashville, Tennessee; Johnson, K.V., The freshman experience: Improving retention in engineering technology (1995) Proceedings of the 1995 ASEE Annual Conference, 1, pp. 518-525. , June 25-28, Anaheim, California; Cheshier, S.R., Needed: Student success courses for beginning engineering technology students (1999) Proceedings of the 1999 ASEE Annual Conference, , June 20-23, Charlotte, North Carolina; Avanzato, R., Collaborative mobile robot design in an introductory programming course for engineers Proceedings of the 1998 ASEE Annual Conference, , June 28 - July 1, Seattle, Washington; Genalo, L.J., Williams, B.D., The freshman engineering problems and programming course: Integrating new and old tools Proceedings of the 1995 ASEE Annual Conference, pp. 1532-1536. , June 25-28 1995, Anaheim, California; Goff, R.M., Gregg, M.H., Freshman hands-on engineering laboratory at Virginia Tech (1999) The Innovator, (11), pp. 12-15. , The SUCCEED Newsletter, Spring; Starr, G.P., The UNM mechanical engineering lego robot competition (1998) Proceedings of the ASCE Specialty Conference on Robotics for Challenging Environments, pp. 230-236; Hayes, G.M., Hallan, J.C.T., Teaching robotics with lego robots (1995) IEEE Colloquium (Digest)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Creativity; Indiana University; Psychology; Civil engineering; Computer science; Computer software; Curricula; Knowledge engineering; Learning systems; Robotics; Robots; Students; World Wide Web; Engineering education
Depositing User: National Forum
Date Deposited: 06 Dec 2015 08:28
Last Modified: 10 Dec 2015 21:21
URI: http://eprints.teachingandlearning.ie/id/eprint/3542

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