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Computational Thinking and Down Syndrome: An Exploratory Study Using the KIBO Robot

Department of Computer Engineering and Systems, Faculty of Science, Avda. Astrofísico Francisco Sánchez, s/n, University of La Laguna, 38200 San Cristóbal de La Laguna, Tenerife, Spain
Asociación Tinerfeña de Trisómicos 21, Tenerife Down Association, 38204 La Laguna, Tenerife, Spain
Department of Pedagogy, Faculty of Education, Psychology and Sports Sciences, Avda. Tres de Marzo s/n, University of Huelva, 21007 Huelva, Spain
Department of Financial Economics, Accounting and Operations Management, Faculty of Business, Campus of «La Merced» Plaza de la Merced, 11, University of Huelva, 21002 Huelva, Spain
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This paper is an extended version of our paper published in the Sixth International Conference on Technological Ecosystems for Enhancing Multiculturality—TEEM’18, Salamanca, Spain, 24–26 October 2018.
Informatics 2019, 6(2), 25;
Received: 8 March 2019 / Revised: 5 June 2019 / Accepted: 18 June 2019 / Published: 20 June 2019
Computational thinking and coding are key competencies in the 21st century. People with Down syndrome need to be part of this new literacy. For this reason, in this work, we present an exploratory study carried out with students with Down syndrome with cognitive ages of 3–6 years old using a tangible robot We applied the observational method during the sessions to analyze the participants’ emotional states, engagement, and comprehension of the programming sequences. Results show that people with cognitive disabilities can acquire basic programming and computational skills using tangible robots such as KIBO. View Full-Text
Keywords: computational thinking; coding; programming; robotics; Down syndrome computational thinking; coding; programming; robotics; Down syndrome
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González-González, C.S.; Herrera-González, E.; Moreno-Ruiz, L.; Reyes-Alonso, N.; Hernández-Morales, S.; Guzmán-Franco, M.D.; Infante-Moro, A. Computational Thinking and Down Syndrome: An Exploratory Study Using the KIBO Robot. Informatics 2019, 6, 25.

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