Assessment and outcomes of robot competitions at Penn State Abington

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Penn State Abington campus hosts several mobile robot design competitions each academic year to support project-based design activities in freshman and sophomore level engineering courses, a junior-level robotics course in information sciences and technology (1ST), and also to provide outreach to K-12 institutions in the Philadelphia, PA area. A student survey for the Abington undergraduate engineering majors was developed and implemented to investigate the outcomes of two robot competitions offered at Penn State Abington during the 2004-2008 time period. Students were asked questions concerning technical challenges, the benefits of working in a team, key lessons learned, educational quality, and suggestions for improvements in the robot competition activity. Overall, the responses on the quality of the robot competition experience from the students' perspective were very positive. Students identified key benefits of working in a team and acquired valuable lessons in the design process.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)9-16
Number of pages8
JournalComputers in Education Journal
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 1 2009

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Computer Science
  • Education


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