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Robotics and GPS/GIS in 4-H: Workplace Skills for the 21st Century

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Principal Investigator: Bradley Barker

Co-Principal Investigators: Gwen Nugent

Funding Information

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.

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Gwen Nugent and Brad Barker
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