[robotics-worldwide] RSS 2008 Workshop on Teaching With Robots

Pedro M. U. A. Lima pal at isr.ist.utl.pt
Tue Apr 22 14:10:36 PDT 2008

[apologies for multiple copies]

Teaching With Robots
Robotics: Science and Systems 2008 Workshop
ETH, Zürich, Switzerland
28 June 2008

Chris Rogers – Tufts University, USA - crogers at tufts.edu
Pedro  Lima – Instituto Superior Técnico, Portugal - pal at isr.ist.utl.pt
Roland Siegwart – Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Switzerland - 
rsiegwart at ethz.ch
Illah Nourbakhsh – Carnegie Mellon University, USA - illah at cs.cmu.edu
Aaron Dollar - MIT, USA - adollar at media.mit.edu

The three main goals of the workshop will be to (1) promote hands-on 
learning at the college level through robotics, (2) identify potential 
collaborators for increasing the robotics content of the college 
classroom, and (3)  examine the effectiveness of competition-based 
learning (RoboCup, DARPA challenge, etc).

Over the past 10 years, a number of low-cost, highly capable robotic 
platforms have come on the market and have introduced students to math, 
science, and engineering at all grade levels.  Our goal with this 
workshop is to identify innovative ideas where the hands-on, 
project-based nature of these platforms have successfully improved 
student learning at the university level.  We propose to identify this 
in two ways: presentations in the morning and a hands-on discussion in 
the afternoon.  The morning will be comprised of 10 min talks, with the 
first 1.5 hours being presentations from faculty on successes and 
failures in the college classroom and the second 1.5 hours being 
presentations on successes and failures in the college robotic 
competition world.  In the afternoon we will offer a 2.5 hour session of 
building and programming, where attendees will get a chance to build 
robots while talking amongst each other.

The workshop will be of interest to all researchers and educators in 
Robotics who support Robotics education through hands-on experimental 
work in classes and competitions. The advantages and pitfalls of such 
approaches will be presented for several case studies and discussed for 
the general case.

8:30 – 9:00 Welcome and goals
9:00-10:30 5 presentations (10 minutes each + discussion) by faculty in 
classroom robotics education – successes and failures in the classroom
10:30–10:45 Break, informal discussion
10:45-12:15 5 presentations (10 minutes each + discussion) by faculty 
and mentors involved in robotic competitions – successes and failures on 
the competition floor
12:15-1:30 Lunch
1:30-3:00 A chance to test out some of the different robotic toolsets

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