Designing Biomimetic Robots
Participate and share : Poster
Tuesday, June 25, 4:00–6:00 pm
Location: Posters: Level 4, Terrace Ballroom Lobby, Table 15
Dr. Ethan Danahy Debra Bernstein Gilly Puttick Kristen Wendell Michael Cassidy Fayette Shaw
BioRobots is a middle school curriculum that combines engineering, biology and robotics. In this program, students first study the natural world to learn how animals and plants accomplish different tasks. Then, they engineer a robot that is inspired by what they learned. Learn about the project and curriculum.
|Audience:||Curriculum/district specialists, Teachers, Technology coordinators/facilitators|
|Attendee devices:||Devices not needed|
|Focus:||Digital age teaching & learning|
|Topic:||Instructional design and delivery|
|ISTE Standards:||For Students:
In most middle schools, learning is segregated by discipline – science in one class, and engineering or computing in another (if at all). Yet recent trends in science and engineering education suggest this approach is outdated. The BioRobots project is designed to support middle school students in thinking across three disciplines (biology, engineering, and robotics). In this program, students first study the natural world to learn how animals accomplish different tasks. Then, they engineer a robot that is inspired by what they learned.
This paper presents an innovative approach to interdisciplinary education using robotics design. The research presented here will help conference attendees think about (a) how robotics design tasks can support learning in different disciplines, and (b) how the scope of the design task impacts student learning.