Learning Computer Programming with Autonomous Robots

  • Shuji Kurebayashi
  • Toshiyuki Kamada
  • Susumu Kanemune
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 4226)


This paper reports on a programming lesson using autonomous robots in junior high school. First, the design of the low cost circuit board for the lesson is described. The structure of a general programming language “Dolittle” which controls a robot is also explained. Then, we introduce lessons of manufacturing and controlling robots in “Information and Computer” area of “Technology and Home Economics” subject for students (from 14 to 15 years old). From the result of the lessons we found that (1) learning programming is “hard fun” for students and (2) robot programming is effective for students those who have difficulties in learning. We propose introduction of learning programming with autonomous robots to IT education of junior high school.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Shuji Kurebayashi
    • 1
  • Toshiyuki Kamada
    • 2
  • Susumu Kanemune
    • 3
  1. 1.Shizuoka University 
  2. 2.Aichi University of Education 
  3. 3.Hitotsubashi University 

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