Robotics on Waterby: George Hademenos, Jonathan Russell, John Birch, and Karen Wosczyna-Birch

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“Engineering Challenge for the 21st Century,” a weeklong teacher workshop sponsored by the National Science Foundation, uses project-based learning (PBL) to help students and teachers build science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) skills. The workshop, hosted by the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London, Connecticut, features the Coast Guard Academy Robotics on Water (CGAROW) project. The goal of CGAROW is to stimulate teamwork, foster creativity, encourage strategic planning, and develop practical scientific and engineering aptitude while building robotic crafts. This article describes the teacher workshop, the CGAROW project, and its application to the classroom.

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  • on Thu Oct 06, 2011 9:18 PM

This article explains what Project-based Learning (PBL) is all about and gives a real-life example. The Coast Guard Academy developed the CCAROW (Coast Guard Academy Robotics on Water) project for groups of high school students and teachers. The project takes students about 4 days to complete and teachers one day. Teams receive a kit of materials, and the goal is to design and build a radio-controlled floating robotic craft to complete potential Coast Guard missions. For teachers interested in reading how PBL can be incorporated into a classroom while strengthening students’ engineering and math skills, this article provides an excellent example.

Carolyn M  (Buffalo Grove, IL)
Carolyn M (Buffalo Grove, IL)

  • on Tue Nov 06, 2012 7:53 PM

The article describes a wonderful activity where students are challenged to create a robot to solve a problem. I do not give it a 5 because it is a bit cost prohibitive, but the activity is good and there are links to information on technical writing where students have to read technical literature and write their own descriptions of how their robot works. This is appropriate for high school and maybe enrichment classes in middle school.

Tina Harris  (Bloomington, IN)
Tina Harris (Bloomington, IN)

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