Relevance to NAPLAN testing (Australian national student testing)
Students find robotics highly engaging which assists in rapid learning in areas such as science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM). However there are other educational elements can be leveraged from this high level of engagement.
Throughout the lesson plans students provide written responses to describe their programs and the actions that their robots take. In the design brief worksheets students get to plan and create their own programs. They also write descriptive behaviours for icons used in their program.
The experience of Robotics WPS has shown that most students struggle with taking information from a visual stimulus and transferring it to written text.
These lesson plans, assist students with written responses from visual stimulus being a picture, graph or chart. This is a critical skill that is assessed in NAPLAN testing.
This is one of the areas where Robotics WPS has seen huge improvements in student’s developing their ability and understanding of how to transfer the acquired knowledge of their programs to written text.
Example of a completed design brief worksheet