Robot building for preschoolers

Wyeth, P. and Wyeth, G. F. (2008). Robot building for preschoolers. In: U. Visser, F. Ribeiro, T. Ohashi and F. Dellaert, RoboCup 2007: Robot Soccer World Cup XI. 11th RoboCup International Symposium, Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.A., (124-135). 9-10 July 2007. doi:10.1007/978-3-540-68847-1_11

Author Wyeth, P.
Wyeth, G. F.
Title of paper Robot building for preschoolers
Conference name 11th RoboCup International Symposium
Conference location Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.A.
Conference dates 9-10 July 2007
Proceedings title RoboCup 2007: Robot Soccer World Cup XI   Check publisher's open access policy
Place of Publication Berlin, Germany
Publisher Springer Verlag
Publication Year 2008
Sub-type Fully published paper
DOI 10.1007/978-3-540-68847-1_11
ISBN 978-3-540-68846-4
ISSN 0302-9743
Editor U. Visser
F. Ribeiro
T. Ohashi
F. Dellaert
Volume 5001
Start page 124
End page 135
Total pages 12
Collection year 2008
Language eng
Abstract/Summary This paper describes Electronic Blocks, a new robot construction element designed to allow children as young as age three to build and program robotic structures. The Electronic Blocks encapsulate input, output and logic concepts in tangible elements that young children can use to create a wide variety of physical agents. The children are able to determine the behavior of these agents by the choice of blocks and the manner in which they are connected. The Electronic Blocks allow children without any knowledge of mechanical design or computer programming to create and control physically embodied robots. They facilitate the development of technological capability by enabling children to design, construct, explore and evaluate dynamic robotics systems. A study of four and five year-old children using the Electronic Blocks has demonstrated that the interface is well suited to young children. The complexity of the implementation is hidden from the children, leaving the children free to autonomously explore the functionality of the blocks. As a consequence, children are free to move their focus beyond the technology. Instead they are free to focus on the construction process, and to work on goals related to the creation of robotic behaviors and interactions. As a resource for robot building, the blocks have proved to be effective in encouraging children to create robot structures, allowing children to design and program robot behaviors.
Subjects E1
080101 Adaptive Agents and Intelligent Robotics
861699 Computer Hardware and Electronic Equipment not elsewhere classified
Keyword Educational robotics
Robot construction kit
Robot programming environment
Q-Index Code E1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Additional Notes Proceedings published in 'Lecture Notes in Computer Science' Book series.

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