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Scaffolding children’s robot building and programming activities

Wyeth, Peta, Venz, Mark, & Wyeth, Gordon (2004) Scaffolding children’s robot building and programming activities. In Polani, Daniel, Browning, Brett, Bonarini, Andrea, & Yoshida, Kazuo (Eds.) RoboCup 2003 : Robot Soccer World Cup VII. Springer Berlin / Heidelberg, pp. 308-319.

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    Abstract

    Since 2001 the School of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering (ITEE) at the University of Queensland has been involved in RoboCupJunior activities aimed at providing children with the Robot building and programming knowledge they need to succeed in RoboCupJunior competitions. These activities include robotics workshops, the organization of the State-wide RoboCupJunior competition, and consultation on all matters robotic with schools and government organizations. The activities initiated by ITEE have succeeded in providing children with the scaffolding necessary to become competent, independent robot builders and programmers. Results from state, national and international competitions suggest that many of the children who participate in the activities supported by ITEE are subsequently able to purpose- build robots to effectively compete in RoboCupJunior competitions. As a result of the scaffolding received within workshops children are able to think deeply and creatively about their designs, and to critique their designs in order to make the best possible creation in an effort to win.

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    ID Code: 37287
    Item Type: Book Chapter
    DOI: 10.1007/978-3-540-25940-4_27
    ISBN: 9783540224433
    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 2004 Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
    Deposited On: 28 Sep 2010 13:33
    Last Modified: 29 Sep 2010 02:43

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