Lego Mindstorms and Critical Thinking Skills in the Elementary Classroom
This 12 week qualitative, action research, study examined the impact on grade four students' ability to use critical thinking skills when manipulating the Lego Mindstorms robotic kit in a classroom environment. In collaborative groups of 3, participants programmed and built robots to solve open-ended challenges. Participants completed a self-assessment rubric on their critical thinking ability to provide a benchmark prior to the beginning of the study. Data was collected for 3 cycles of research using field notes, self-reflection questions, semi-structured interviews and self-assessment rubrics. The data was analyzed using thematic analysis. The study provides some evidence that Lego Mindstorms supports elementary aged children in their ability to think critically by leveraging collaborative group work, employment of multiple problem solving strategies and reflection.
LEGO toys , Problem solving in children , Critical thinking in children , Action research in education