International Journal of Evaluation and Research in Education (IJERE)
Vol 9, No 4: December 2020

Strengthening programming skills among engineering students through experiential learning based robotics project

Mohd Faisal Ibrahim (Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia)
Aqilah Baseri Huddin (Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia)
Fazida Hanim Hashim (Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia)
Mardina Abdullah (Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia)
Ashrani Aizzuddin Abd Rahni (Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia)
Seri Mastura Mustaza (Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia)
Aini Hussain (Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia)
Mohd Hairi Mohd Zaman (Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia)

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Publish Date
01 Dec 2020


This study examined the educational effects in strengthening programming skills among university’s undergraduate engineering students via integration of a robotics project and an experiential learning approach. In this study, a robotics project was conducted to close the gap of students’ difficulty in relating the theoretical concepts of programming and real-world problems. Hence, an experiential learning approach using the Kolb model was proposed to investigate the problem. In this project, students were split into groups whereby they were asked to develop codes for controlling the navigation of a wheeled mobile robot. They were responsible for managing their group’s activities, conducting laboratory tests, producing technical reports and preparing a video presentation. The statistical analysis performed on the students’ summative assessments of a programming course revealed a remarkable improvement in their problem-solving skills and ability to provide programming solutions to a real-world problem.

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The International Journal of Evaluation and Research in Education (IJERE) is an interdisciplinary publication of original research and writing on education which publishes papers to international audiences of educational researchers. The IJERE aims to provide a forum for scholarly understanding of ...