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Robotics and GPS/GIS in 4-H: Workplace Skills for the 21st Century
Principal Investigator: Bradley Barker
Co-Principal Investigators: Gwen Nugent
Funding Agency: National Science Foundation—Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers (ITEST)
Award Date: Oct 1, 2006
End Date: Sep 30, 2009
This three-year, youth-based project aims to develop, deploy and evaluate a comprehensive information technology educational intervention focused on robotics, Global Positioning Satellites (GPS) and Geographic Information Systems (GIS).
This is a partnership between the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, Carnegie Mellon University's Robotics Academy and Nebraska 4-H. It is targeted at Nebraska 4-H youth aged 12 to 15.
This project will capitalize upon an existing partnership between Carnegie Mellon University's Robotics Academy and the 4-H Cooperative Curriculum System, who have previously collaborated to develop instructional robotics curricula. The project will extend this work to incorporate activities and lessons from Carnegie Mellon's Robotics Explorer 2.5 curriculum and to develop new lessons focusing on GIS and GPS.