Robotics in Middle Schools

This project responds to a growing interest in success skills such as communication, collaboration, and critical thinking and the need for related professional development to facilitate these skills in the classroom. Dr. Jiyae Bong and Dr. Ann-Louise Davidson will provide an online professional development program to support middle school teachers in designing and implementing project-based learning using robotics in their schools.

This online PD program will provide resources and ongoing, context-specific support to help middle school teachers (a) learn project-based practices and robotics content knowledge; (b) discuss effective instructional practices to implement interdisciplinary project-based learning; (c) provide a tangible example of project-based learning using robotics; and (d) work collaboratively with the researchers and the instructional designer to develop an interdisciplinary project using Edison robotics.

We are currently seeking funding for the project. We are looking to connect with teachers middle schools (secondary) in Canada and the U.S. Please contact us by email at jiyae.bong@concordia.ca or ann-louise.davidson@concordia.ca

Ji Yae Bong

Ji Yae Bong

Assistant Professor
Dr. Jiyae Bong is an assistant professor of Educational Technology in the Department of Education at Concordia University. Bong’s research focuses on (a) how people interact and engage in knowledge activities in technology-integrated learning spaces and (b) how educators make instructional design decisions in their specific contexts. She served as the board associate in the Design and Development division of the Association for Educational Communication and Technology (AECT) in 2015. She also received the NSF/AECT Early Career Award in 2019 and PacificCorp Design and Development Award (currently Design and Development Competition) from the AECT in 2014.
Demetrius Rice

Demetrius Rice

Collaborator

Demetrius is a doctoral candidate in the Instructional Systems & Learning Technologies program at Florida State University. The focus of his dissertation research is the conditions impacting the implementation of project-based learning in K-12 environments. In addition to his graduate studies, he continues to design and facilitate career and technical education (CTE) related training, camps, and programs for K-12 teachers and students.

Ann-Louise Davidson

Ann-Louise Davidson

Associate Professor | Concordia University Research Chair in Maker Culture

Dr. Ann-Louise Davidson is an Associate Professor of Education and Concordia University Research Chair in Maker Culture. She is the Director of the Concordia University Innovation Lab. She is also Associate Director of the Milieux Institute for Arts, Culture and Technology and she directs #MilieuxMake, the Milieux makerspace initiative.