What is it about?

In the embodied-based environment created in this study, children carry out or “construct” a series of actions, a performance, which allows them to solve the task of directing an already programmed robot to a particular target. The activity was based on an adaptation of the Little Red Riding Hood narrative. Children played the role of rangers (instead of hunters) who had to coordinate their actions in order to help a robot (an mBot characterized as a Robot-Wolf) find Grandma’s laboratory, so she could fix its GPS. The children wore boots, which were used to interact with the Robot-Wolf.The main question we addressed was how to create this embodied-based environment for kindergarten children, and how to identify the actions children performed and the concepts they used in this construction.

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Why is it important?

The creation of the constructionist embodied-based environment for supporting kindergarten children interacting with digital technologies. The constructionist embodied-based environment created was effective in supporting kindergarten children interacting with an already programmed robot. Children’s performative sequence of actions reveals no separation of the hands-on, heads-in processes as in classical constructionist environments. The creation of a constructionist environment in which children can act and collaborate to construct a series of actions which allow them to solve a specific challenge.

Perspectives

Concepts like leadership and anticipation which were embodied are expressed by the children help to understand how the robot-based activity can help children to construct knowledge related to, for example, computational thinking.

Jose Armando Valente
Universidade Estadual de Campinas - UNICAMP

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This page is a summary of: Embodied‐based environment for kindergarten children: Revisiting constructionist ideas, British Journal of Educational Technology, May 2021, Wiley, DOI: 10.1111/bjet.13078.
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