Issue No.02 - April-June (2010 vol.3)
Anuradha Phalke , University of Arizona, Tucson
Susan Lysecky , University of Arizona, Tucson
DOI Bookmark: http://doi.ieeecomputersociety.org/10.1109/TLT.2009.41
The benefits of project-based learning environments are well documented; however, setting up and maintaining these environments can be challenging due to the high cost and expertise associated with these platforms. To alleviate some of these roadblocks, the existing eBlock platform which is composed of fixed function building blocks targeted to enable nonexperts users to easily build a variety of interactive electronic systems is expanded to incorporate newly defined integer-based building blocks to enable a wider range of project possibilities for middle school STEM projects. We discuss various interface possibilities, including initial usability experiments, and summarize our overall experiences and observations in working with local middles school students utilizing the eBlock platform.
Devices for learning, learning environments, learning via discovery.
Anuradha Phalke, Susan Lysecky, "Adapting the eBlock Platform for Middle School STEM Projects: Initial Platform Usability Testing", IEEE Transactions on Learning Technologies, vol.3, no. 2, pp. 152-164, April-June 2010, doi:10.1109/TLT.2009.41