Group Tasks, Activities, Dynamics, and Interactions in Collaborative Robotics Projects with Elementary and Middle School Children

  • Timothy T Yuen
  • Melanie Boecking
  • Jennifer Stone
  • Erin Price Tiger
  • Alvaro Gomez
  • Adrienne Guillen
  • Analisa Arreguin
Keywords: robotics, collaboration, group dynamics, engineering education


Robotics provide the opportunity for students to bring their individual interests, perspectives and areas of expertise together in order to work collaboratively on real-world science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) problems. This paper examines the nature of collaboration that manifests in groups of elementary and middle school students attending a summer robotics camp. The research study provides a preliminary look at the tasks, activities, dynamics, and interactions of the students that occur during the collaborative work time of the camps. Findings detail the role of discussions and hands-on robot building as important predictors of on-task behavior during collaborative work time.