Proceedings of The 5th International Conference on Modern Approaches in Science, Technology & Engineering
The Effects of Lego Based Educational Robotic Practices on Spatial Visualization and Mental Rotation Performance of Students
Sevde Taşdemir and Recep Çakır
As in many disciplines, technological developments are followed in order to keep up with the digital age in education-teaching processes. With the developing technology, new approaches and trends in education and training are emerging. In order to educate individuals who can read and write entrepreneurship and technology appropriate for 21st century skills, different education systems have been emerged. One of them is Lego-Based educational robotic applications. The aim of this study is to reveal the effects of Lego-based educational applications on students’ spatial visualization and mental rotation skills. Research was conducted on 6th grade students at a private school in Amasya, Turkey, within the scope of information technologies courses. The research was conducted pre-test post-test with control group quasi-experimental design and 26 students participated. At the end of the study, there were differences in the measured variables between the groups. At the same time, there were statistically significant differences in mental rotation performance of students who took the course with Lego-based educational applications. Moreover, results show that there is significant difference between groups in spatial visualization skills of the students in favor of experimental group. In light of the findings of the study, it is recommended that this study conducted on different levels of student groups for longer periods.
Keywords: Lego based educational applications, spatial visualization, mental rotation skills.