Introductory Computer Science with Robots

Debra T. Burhans, R. Mark Meyer, Patricia VanVerth, David Puehn, Victoria Steck, John Paul Wiejaczka

Starting in the fall of 2005 our department began a large-scale effort to incorporate hands-on robotics in many of our courses, including our introductory computer science sequence. This followed the establishment of a departmental robotics laboratory and the purchase of a number of different robots. Our efforts include testing our projects and surveying students about their satisfaction with robots as well as significant software development of an algorithmic programming environment for robotics (Robotran) and an associated robot simulator.

Subjects: 17. Robotics

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