Robotics in the Ghanaian classroom

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Ghana needs more innovative thinkers and problem solvers to ensure sustainable growth for years to come. In the past, there have been revisions made to the Ghana educational curriculum to assist in development. Despite these changes, there still exists the predominant issue of rote learning occurring in the classroom. This leads to students being less independent as thinkers and problem solvers. In recent years there have been studies and papers convinced that Robotics education in the classroom could enhance a student’s critical thinking skills. This study investigates the idea of using robotics in the Ghanaian classroom to garner more critical thinkers and problem solvers. This was done by having a teacher teach a group of students using Lego Mindstorms EV3 kits. The results of the students who took part in the test were analyzed against students who did not take part in the study. The result of the study were used to offer a suggestion for institutions looking to integrate robotics lessons into their classrooms.
Thesis submitted to the Computer Science, Ashesi University College, in partial fulfillment of Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science, April 2016
Ghana, robotics, African Robotics Network (AFRON), robotics education