Developing the STEM experience for in-service primary teachers through micro-controlling hardware and coding

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Abstract

This paper presents the design and implementation of a technological literacy course in professional development training for a diverse group of in-service primary teachers in Hong Kong. A set of micro-controlling hardware was chosen such that not only the controlling and coding barriers are acceptable to the teachers but that their pupils can also adopt the easy-to-use hardware and software to create STEM projects in primary schools. The hands-on training seeks to broaden their technological experiences in various interfacing and sensing activities. The coding challenge is reduced by introducing visual programming, thereby allowing the learners to focus on real- world problems in the STEM disciplines. Details of the course are provided and the assessment projects by Engineering Design Process are illustrated in this paper. The quantitative evaluation of teachers in their micro-controlling experience is provided. Copyright © 2018 IEEE.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2018 17th International Conference on Information Technology Based Higher Education and Training (ITHET): Proceedings
Place of PublicationDanvers, MA
PublisherIEEE
Pages108-112
ISBN (Electronic)9781538646236
ISBN (Print)9781538646243, 9781538646229
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2018

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So, S. (2018). Developing the STEM experience for in-service primary teachers through micro-controlling hardware and coding. In 2018 17th International Conference on Information Technology Based Higher Education and Training (ITHET): Proceedings (pp. 108-112). Danvers, MA: IEEE.

Keywords

  • STEM
  • Micro-controller
  • Breakout board
  • Sensor
  • Engineering design process