SpelBots: Using Autonomous Robotics to Inspire Women to Participate in Computer Science

Andrew B. Williams, Whitney O'Banner

Women, especially African American women, continue to be underrepresented in computer science. There is a need for visible role models for young women to expose them to artificial intelligence education and careers. We describe how we have used autonomous robotics education and research to inspire women through artificial intelligence and robotics competitions. The SpelBots, Spelman College's all-woman team, have raised an awareness and interest in computer science and engineering among women and African Americans for artificial intelligence and autonomous robotics.

Subjects: 17. Robotics; 1.3 Computer-Aided Education

Submitted: Jan 25, 2008

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