AAAI Publications, Twenty-Fifth International FLAIRS Conference

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Using Robotics to Achieve Meaningful Research Skills in Robotics
Elvra Rebecca Caldwell, Elva J. Jones

Last modified: 2012-05-16

Abstract


In recent years there has been a significant decline in the number of college students choosing majors in computer science or technology related fields. Although this trend is beginning to turn around at the undergraduate level, there remains disparity in the number of under-represented minority students who earn graduate degrees as compared to majority students. Additionally, within the United States, there is an achievement gap between under-represented minority students and majority students at a time when underrepresented groups are becoming an increasing proportion of the national labor force. This reluctance to study Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines must be confronted and changed if the United States is to maintain a competitive position within the global market. Effective use of learning technologies is vital to solving many of our current STEM learning challenges. Robotics is a growing research area in computer science education. We use robotics as a technology tool captivate and engage students in research in robotics.

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