Educational Robotics and Beyond: Design and Evaluation
Papers from the AAAI Spring Symposium
Emily Hamner, Tom Lauwers, and Kristen Stubbs, Cochairs
For over twenty years, robots, electronics, microcontrollers, and other physically instantiated devices have been used as educational tools in both formal (in-school) and informal (out-of-school) settings. Particularly at the high school and undergraduate levels, these tools have been used to enhance computer science education and illustrate artificial intelligence concepts. In the last several years, a number of programs have been developed which use physically instantiated devices to promote learning in a wider variety of topics, including science, engineering, math, as well as storytelling, sculpture, and other art forms.
This symposium had two aims: to showcase recent exciting designs for education using robots and other technologies — new hardware, software, and curricula that span a wide variety of educational topics and settings; and focus on the difficult problem of how to evaluate the effects on our students of these new innovations and interventions.