Algorithmic Bricks: A tangible robot programming tool for elementary school students

Dai Young Kwon, Han Sung Kim, Jae Kwoun Shim, Won Gyu Lee

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Abstract

Tangible programming tools enable children to easily learn the programming process, previously considered to be difficult for them. While various tangible programming tools have been developed, there is still a lack of available tools to help students experience the general programming process. This study therefore developed a tool called Algorithmic Bricks (A-Bricks), to improve the programming language experience by considering and utilizing characteristics of procedural language. Specifically, elements such as sequence, repetition, condition, function, and parameter were used to develop A-Bricks. In addition, this study observed the benefits of A-Bricks and confirmed its potential as a tangible educational programming tool by comparing and analyzing elementary school students using A-Bricks to control groups using Scratch.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)474-479
Number of pages6
JournalIEEE Transactions on Education
Volume55
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2012 Jan 1

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Keywords

  • Computer science education
  • Educational robot
  • Procedural programming
  • Tangible user interface

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Education

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