Robotics Programming Learning for Elementary and Junior High School Students
Yoshihiro Ohnishi*1, Kimitoshi Honda*2, Rintaro Nishioka*3, Shinnosuke Mori*1, and Kazuo Kawada*4
*1Faculty of Education, Ehime University
3 Bunkyo-cho, Matsuyama, Ehime 790-8577, Japan
*2Matsuyama-Nishi Junior High School
409 Takaoka-cho, Matsuyama, Ehime 791-8036, Japan
*3Hiura Elementary School
79-2 Kawanaka-cho, Matsuyama, Ehime 791-0132, Japan
1-1-1 Kagamiyama, Higashihiroshima, Hiroshima 739-8524, Japan
Japan’s national education policy puts importance on children learning to program. In fact, course guidelines published by the government in 2008 made the programming of the measurement and control compulsory in junior high schools, and learning programming will be made compulsory in elementary schools in 2020. This research studies robotics classes for elementary and junior high school students. The tasks set for the robots used in each class are familiar to children, and they were set with the aim of inspiring a proactive learning attitude in the children. The objective of this study is to evaluate the effectiveness of robots in teaching programming to children.
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