Journal of Intelligent & Robotic Systems

, Volume 81, Issue 1, pp 41–49 | Cite as

Experiential Learning in the Development of a DARwIn-HP Humanoid Educational Robot

  • Hak YiEmail author
  • Coleman Knabe
  • Taylor Pesek
  • Dennis W. Hong


The purpose of this study is to present the experiential learning in the development of a Dynamic Anthropomorphic Robot with Intelligence(DARwIn)-High Performance(HP) at Robotics and Mechanism Laboratory(RoMeLa). DARwIn-HP, an miniature-sized humanoid platform, has been developed by self-directed undergraduate students of RoMeLa for robotics in education. They, as the target consumer of educational robots, contributed to the design and manufacturing of the DARwIn-HP by sharing their thoughts on the necessary functionality of an educational humanoid robot. This hands-on experience allows them to understand the fundamental materials of a humanoid robot in theory as well as the usage of mechanical tools in practice. All undergraduates after experiencing the development process also recognize the importance as well as the interests on learning the subjects in the engineering curriculum. As of the final process and post-activity of robot development, encouraging all students to participate in extracurricular activities provides them with a chance of evaluating their work. There are positive effects to engineering students such as enriching their competitiveness for a range of challenges facing society.


Robotics in education Humanoid robot Robot design Learning by doing Outreach activity 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Hak Yi
    • 1
    Email author
  • Coleman Knabe
    • 2
  • Taylor Pesek
    • 2
  • Dennis W. Hong
    • 1
  1. 1.Robotics and Mechanisms LaboratoryUniversity of California at Los AngelesLos AngelesUSA
  2. 2.Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State UniversityBlacksburgUSA

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