Robot Diaries: Broadening Participation in the Computer Science Pipeline through Social Technical Exploration

Emily Hamner, Tom Lauwers, Debra Bernstein, Illah Nourbakhsh, Carl DiSalvo

In this paper we describe the results of a series of new robotics workshops for secondary school girls. Specifically we show that, over the course of a three-month pilot workshop, a group of eight girls showed engagement with the workshop content and gained technical knowledge. The Robot Diaries program is unique in that it creates a social narrative approach to robotics education. The robotic technology becomes a tool for expression and communication rather than the sole focus of the workshop.

Subjects: 17. Robotics; 1.3 Computer-Aided Education

Submitted: Jan 25, 2008


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