The existing MET program consists of 30 semester hours of graduate work. There are seven required courses totaling 21 credit hours along with a wide selection of electives. The following two robotics courses are required if the candidates declare their interest in the Robotics Concentration.
- Autonomous Robotics for Education 1 (MET5263)
- Autonomous Robotics for Education 2 (MET6263)
If candidates declare robotics as their concentration, they need to take the above courses and work on a robotics project as their capstone course. There is no change in the core course sequence, which is designed to obtain the NP endorsement on teaching certificates. It is required for students to bring their own robotics kit with software to the class.
MET6303 Capstone Project
Candidates who choose robotics concentration and take MET5263 andMET6263 will choose a master thesis project on robotics topics after they complete one of the courses above or with advisor permission.
Another way to satisfy this capstone project is coaching robotics teams in competitions such as Robofest. In this case, teachers must submit and present a paper describing the educational outcomes focusing on competition-based assessment after the competition.
MET5263 Autonomous Robotics for Education 1 (3 credits)
Prerequisite: none. Open to both graduate and undergraduate students with permission of instructor.
Introduces basic concepts involved in autonomous robotics and how to use robotics to teach math, physics, science, and computer programming. Provides hands-on experience in constructing mobile robots using programmable robotic kits such as Lego® Mindstorms® NXT and Lego® Mindstorms® Education NXT, Handy Boards, BoeBots, and/or VEX. Icon-based visual programming languages are introduced to program robots. Feedback loop control using various sensors is covered.
MET 6263 Autonomous Robotics for Education 2 (3 credits)
Prerequisite: MET5263 or permission of course instructor
Introduces advanced concepts involved in autonomous robotics and robotics programming for education. Provides in depth hands-on experience in constructing and programming mobile robots using modular robotic kits. Advanced topics in visual programming languages are introduced. C-based language or Java is introduced to program robots using various sensors. Multi-tasking concepts are introduced. Discusses issues, guidelines, and methodologies of introducing robotics in grade school classes.
The Master of Educational Technology program is open to all candidates who wish to increase their skills in using instructiona technology. Call or send an e-mail to Robofest director CJ Chung email@example.com or program directors Dr. V. Tobos (248-204-3617) or Dr. Pam Lowry at firstname.lastname@example.org (248-204-3653) and/or email@example.com.