University of Jeddah, Saudi Arabia (firstname.lastname@example.org)
The present study aimed at assessing the effectiveness of using the educational Robot in the Computer Course in the development of scientific thinking skills among first year secondary students. The researcher used the quasi-experimental design with two groups: experimental and control with 30 students each. The sample was selected purposively from the 4th Secondary School in Jeddah City. The study tool consisted of a testing scale of the unit “Digital Control and the Robot” to assess scientific thinking skills for the pre and the post tests after studying the unit for both groups. The statistical analysis of results showed the following: there were statistically significant differences between students’ achievement in the pre and the post tests in the scientific thinking skills. This suggests that there is some development in scientific thinking skills in favor of the post test of the experimental group. The calculated (t) value was (6.97). The researcher recommended; first, curriculum designers should use the educational Robot in curricula design in order to create integrity between different fields. Second, decision makers should design training courses for teachers in the building and designing of Robot programming and to assess the effectiveness of using the educational Robot in the development of the skills of students with Special Needs.
Keywords: scientific thinking skills; computer courses; educational robot; quasi- experimental; Jeddah