Student Competitions and Bots in an Introductory Programming Course

  title={Student Competitions and Bots in an Introductory Programming Course},
  author={Brian Ladd},
An introductory programming course that is both an introduction to the major and a university-wide distribution course can suffer from a large disparity of interest as well as ability. Motivating all students to participate improves outcomes. At St. Lawrence University we have found that competitions are fun and engaging for students while providing a vehicle for both individual and collaborative team projects. We use homegrown robot simulation software to draw students into the course with… CONTINUE READING
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