Robotics for Education

Abstract

Educational robotics programs have become popular in most developed countries and are becoming more and more prevalent in the developing world as well. Robotics is used to teach problem solving, programming, design, physics, math and even music and art to students at all levels of their education. This chapter provides an overview of some of the major robotics programs along with the robot platforms and the programming environments commonly used. Like robot systems used in research, there is a constant development and upgrade of hardware and software – so this chapter provides a snapshot of the technologies being used at this time. The chapter concludes with a review of the assessment strategies that can be used to determine if a particular robotics program is benefitting students in the intended ways.

AAAI

Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence

ASD

autism spectrum disorder

BEST

boosting engineering science and technology

CIP

Children’s Innovation Project

DC

direct current

ECER

European Conference on Educational Robotics

FIRST

For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology

GCER

Global Conference on Educational Robotics

GUI

graphical user interface

HCI

human–computer interaction

I/O

input/output

ICT

information and communication technology

IDE

integrated development environment

IEEE

Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers

IR

infrared

KIPR

KISS Institute for Practical Robotics

LED

light-emitting diode

MAZE

Micro robot maze contest

MBARI

Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute

ME

mechanical engeneering

MHS

International Symposium on Micro Mechatronics and Human Science

NASA

National Aeronautics and Space Agency

PC

personal computer

PVC

polyvinyl chloride

RAM

random access memory

RC

radio control

ROV

remotely operated vehicle

STEM

science, technology, engineering and mathematics

TCFFHRC

Trinity College’s Firefighting Robot Contest

USB

universal serial bus

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Aerospace and Mechanical EngineeringUniversity of OklahomaNormanUSA
  2. 2.Robotics InstituteCarnegie Mellon UniversityPittsburghUSA

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