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Robot building for preschoolers

Wyeth, Peta & Wyeth, Gordon (2008) Robot building for preschoolers. In Visser, Ubbo, Ribeiro, Fernando, Ohashi , Takeshi, & Dellaert, Frank (Eds.) RoboCup 2007 : Robot Soccer World Cup XI. Springer Berlin / Heidelberg, pp. 124-135.

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    Abstract

    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.

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    ID Code: 37280
    Item Type: Book Chapter
    Keywords: Educational robotics, robot costration kit, robot programming environment
    DOI: 10.1007/978-3-540-68847-1_11
    ISSN: 0302-9743
    Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES (080000) > ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE AND IMAGE PROCESSING (080100) > Adaptive Agents and Intelligent Robotics (080101)
    Divisions: Past > Schools > Computer Science
    Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering
    Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Science and Technology
    Past > Schools > School of Engineering Systems
    Copyright Owner: Copyright 2008 Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
    Deposited On: 28 Sep 2010 11:42
    Last Modified: 01 Mar 2012 00:12

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