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Enhancing STEM courses through a robotic innovative project

Silva, S.S. ; Soares, S.S. ; Valente, A. ; Barradas, R. B. ; Bartolomeu, P.

Enhancing STEM courses through a robotic innovative project, Proc Technological Ecosystems for Enhancing Multiculturality TEEM, Oporto, Portugal, Vol. , pp. 571 - 577, October, 2015.

Digital Object Identifier: 10.1145/2808580.2808668

Abstract
The project addresses the urgent need to enhance student interest and performance in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) courses, while fostering skills that are important prerequisites for IT careers. In the near term, the project is helping Portuguese schools and students meet state wide academic standards. Over the long term, the project will help inspire and prepare a new generation of IT professionals.
This paper presents the robotics model of the Micromouse Project, how it works, how it is implemented, and its results.
The Micromouse Project includes, in addition to the annual competition, the development of a kit, workshops for students and their teachers, and dissemination activities. The project was started in 2011 and all the preliminary phases are concluded. First results show that there is great interest and participation of all stakeholders. It was necessary to add to the project a graphical language (Blockly, Scratch, etc.) in order to facilitate and stimulate the participation of younger students.