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Pages: 7219-7225
Publication year: 2017
ISBN: 978-84-697-6957-7
ISSN: 2340-1095
doi: 10.21125/iceri.2017.1929

Conference name: 10th annual International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation
Dates: 16-18 November, 2017
Location: Seville, Spain

ROBOTICS' FOR ALL, INCLUSIVITY WITHIN POST PRIMARY SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING AND MATHEMATICS

C. O'Donnell1, T. Lavery2, A. Mooney1

1Ulster University (UNITED KINGDOM)
2Royal Academy of Engineering and Ulster University (UNITED KINGDOM)
This session will share the latest evaluation findings and the impact of an inclusive Vex Robotics’ Challenge STEM programme which was delivered to young people from a diverse range of post-primary schools.

It should appeal to those with an interest in Science,Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), widening access and participation and inclusivity.

This innovative programme was funded through: The Connecting STEM Teachers Programme of the Royal Academy of Engineering (using money gifted from the BG group) and Ulster University.

It was designed to be inclusive and provide opportunities for both special needs and non-special needs students to engage with STEM, learn robotics throughout the school year within their STEM clubs and at the end participate in an open competition event with other schools.

At the beginning, each participating school was given a VEX Clawbot kit to build and practice controlling within their STEM clubs. Additional research, activities and reports related to the application of robotics in areas such as, space exploration, medicine, bomb disposal and career pathways into the field of robotics were encouraged and promoted.

All schools were then invited to come together to compete. In February 2015, six schools took part in the first Vex robotics competition on the island of Ireland. A second competition in April 2016 had eight schools competing. The third with nine schools took place in April 2017.

The evaluation and results share the impact of the programme and provide insights into the different perspectives of key contributors and stakeholders.
@InProceedings{ODONNELL2017ROB,
author = {O'Donnell, C. and Lavery, T. and Mooney, A.},
title = {ROBOTICS' FOR ALL, INCLUSIVITY WITHIN POST PRIMARY SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING AND MATHEMATICS},
series = {10th annual International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation},
booktitle = {ICERI2017 Proceedings},
isbn = {978-84-697-6957-7},
issn = {2340-1095},
doi = {10.21125/iceri.2017.1929},
url = {http://dx.doi.org/10.21125/iceri.2017.1929},
publisher = {IATED},
location = {Seville, Spain},
month = {16-18 November, 2017},
year = {2017},
pages = {7219-7225}}
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DO - 10.21125/iceri.2017.1929
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C. O'Donnell, T. Lavery, A. Mooney (2017) ROBOTICS' FOR ALL, INCLUSIVITY WITHIN POST PRIMARY SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING AND MATHEMATICS, ICERI2017 Proceedings, pp. 7219-7225.
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