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2.6.7 The use of Arduinos in STEM education – A hands-on approach

A new Design and Technology curriculum was designed to introduce 13-year-old high ability girls to basic concepts of coding and micro-controller technology through the use of Arduinos. At the same time, students were taught to solve problems using the Design Thinking approach (Brown, 2008). Students applied what had they learned to solve authentic problems faced in the school canteen, designing and prototyping solutions that were responsive to the context and needs of the user. Findings based on a student perception survey, and student works, student reflections on learning, as well as teacher observations, will be shared and discussed.

Author(s):

Hui Leng Tan
huileng.tan@rgs.edu.sg
Raffles Girls' School (Secondary)
Singapore

Hui Leng has been an educator since 1997 and is currently a Senior Teacher with the Centre for Pedagogical Research & Learning at Raffles Girls’ School, a secondary for gifted and talented girls. A Design and Technology teacher with more than a decade of experience with high ability learners, she has just taken her first tentative steps to introduce micro-controller technology and 3D printing to her students formally in the Lower Secondary Design and Technology curriculum.

Puay Hong Yeo
puayhong.yeo@rgs.edu.sg
Raffles Girls' School (Secondary)
Singapore

Puay Hong has been an educator since 2005 and is currently teaching Design and Technology (D&T) in Raffles Girls’ School. Prior to this, he had taught Design Thinking at Raffles Institution, a secondary school for gifted and talented boys. He has extensive experience in using Design Thinking tools and strategies, coupled with maker technologies such as Arduino and 3D printers in his lessons to enable high ability students to innovate user-centered solutions for the past 4 years.

 

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