Bringing Engineering Education into a Girls’ Senior High School in Taiwan: Integrating Hands-On and Problem-Based Learning Activities into a Robotics Course

By Chih-Yang Chao, Yuan Tai Chen, Yu Te Wang and Pao Chin Yang.

Published by The Social Sciences Collection

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Ushering K12 in engineering education is of little importance and rarely put into practice in Taiwan. The research intended to emphasize robotics is an excellent tool for teaching science and engineering, and it is a compelling topic for students of all ages. This study applied PBL Activities to guide students to learn Robotics Course through Hands-on activities, and took one step ahead to examine the perception of engineering education from the perspectives of female students.
The design of questionnaire will directly affect students’ learning outcomes of Problem-based Learning (PBL). Therefore, how to set up the questionnaire is a key factor in Problem-based Learning (PBL). This study applied LEGO Mindstorms as the teaching tool of Robotics Course. Students were divided into several groups and solved the problems by Hands-on. Hopefully, this course would equip students with problem-solving ability, Hands-on ability, and the literacy of technology science level.
This study was the second stage of the three-year research project supported by National Science Council of Taiwan. After twelve-week experiment classes, we interviewed students in depth and collected their evaluation and questionnaires. Through data analysis, we found that: (1) 81.35% students agreed” through this experiment classes she can have better understanding of Robot engineering.” (2)95.65% students were satisfied with this Robotics Course. (3) Students performed better in problem-solving, hands-on, and they learned more about technology as well. Thus, the course is proved to be feasible in senior high school.

Keywords: PBL, Hands-On, Girls’ Senior High School, Robotics Course, Taiwan

International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Volume 4, Issue 5, pp.225-242. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.560MB).

Prof. Chih-Yang Chao

President, Lee-Ming Institute of Technology, Taichung, Taiwan

PHD of Vocational Education and Technology, American Iowa State University; Current Position: President of Lee-Ming Institute of Technology, Taiwan, R.O.C.; Research: Vocational Education, Innovation Management.

Yuan Tai Chen

Director of Gernal Affairs, Office of Gernal Affairs, National Taichung Girls’ Senior High School, Taichung, Taiwan

Doctor’s Program in Department of Industrial Education and Technology of National Chunghua University of Education; Director of General Affairs, National Taichung Girls’ Senior High School, Taiwan, R.O.C.; Research: ICT in Senior-high school, Engineering and Technology Education in K12, Teaching method.

Yu Te Wang

Section Chief of Curriculum, Office of Academic Affairs, National Taichung Girls’ Senior High School, Taichung, Taiwan

Doctor’s Program in Department of Industrial Education and Technology of National Chunghua University of Education.

Dr. Pao Chin Yang

Principal, National Taichung Girls’ Senior High School, TAICHUNG, Taiwan

Yang, Pao Chin - Highest Degree: PHD in Department of Industrial Technology and Education College of Vocational Education and Technology, National Changhua University of Education; Current Position: Principal of National Taichung Girls’ Senior High School, Taiwan, R.O.C.; Research: Educational Psychology, Educational Administration.

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