Simulating LEGO Mindstorms Robots to Facilitate Teaching Computer Programming to School Students

  • Torsten Kammer
  • Philipp Brauner
  • Thiemo Leonhardt
  • Ulrik Schroeder
Conference paper

DOI: 10.1007/978-3-642-23985-4_16

Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 6964)
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Kammer T., Brauner P., Leonhardt T., Schroeder U. (2011) Simulating LEGO Mindstorms Robots to Facilitate Teaching Computer Programming to School Students. In: Kloos C.D., Gillet D., Crespo García R.M., Wild F., Wolpers M. (eds) Towards Ubiquitous Learning. EC-TEL 2011. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol 6964. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg

Abstract

Programmable robots like Lego Mindstorms have proven to be an effective mediator to teach computer programming to school children. Therefore several projects that aim at increasing the interest in computer programming and computer science in general use robots as a cornerstone in their course concepts. Handing out robotic kits to the school students who have participated in the courses is not feasible, thus the learning content cannot be repeated and enhanced at home. We developed a flexible multi-user simulation environment for LEGO Mindstorms NXT robots which is closely integrated into our pedagogical teaching scenarios. User tests show that this environment can be successfully used to increase the long-term outreach of our courses.

Keywords

Simulation Based Learning CS0 Simulator LEGO Mindstorms NXT 

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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2011

Authors and Affiliations

  • Torsten Kammer
    • 1
  • Philipp Brauner
    • 2
  • Thiemo Leonhardt
    • 1
  • Ulrik Schroeder
    • 1
  1. 1.Lehr- und Forschungsgebiet Informatik 9RWTH Aachen UniversityAachenGermany
  2. 2.Human Technology CentreRWTH Aachen UniversityAachenGermany

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