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Chapter 5: Robotics and Problem-Based Le... > AN "OPEN-SOURCE" FLEXIBLE ROBOTICS P... - Pg. 100

Robotics and Problem-Based Learning in STEM Formal Educational Environments The AEIOU lesson components are also "tagged" and arranged within an electronic database of similar components to fit the needs of an individual instructional topic, or each I component, within the instructional context of robotics. For instance, for a given instructional topic such as slope, there may be many of each of the other vowel components that are tagged to fit that particular I. Teachers may chose, at their discretion, from among those components that best fit their needs, guided by the interactive website. Once the individual components have been selected by the teacher, the website further helps the teacher to organize the components into a cohesive set of lessons including all of the ancil- lary documentation (i.e., worksheets, web links, assessment instruments, etc.) and then to print this set of individualized curriculum materials. The lessons can be accessed at http://www.ceen. unomaha.edu/TekBots/SPIRIT2/, by clicking ing Robot), this inexpensive, mobile, platform can demonstrate a number of STEM concepts within a problem-based learning environment, and includes microprocessors, mechanics, wireless communi- cations and control, and sensors (figure 3). As an open-source platform, it also has the benefit of being able to use limited "scrounged components" that one might find around the local electronics store, hobby outlet, or surplus parts store. The versatility of the CEENBoT platform al- lows for a greater diversity of integrated STEM learning environments across K12 environments. Relative to other robotics platforms, the CEENBoT offers a more modifiable platform, in various versions, with non-proprietary off-the-shelf (OTS) electronic hobbyist components for creative learn- ing, involving a diversity of possible activities from hardware implementation, experimentation and software language development. Students can typically build and enhance the robot easily