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  1. Multimedia Robots for Computer Science Education Dr. Illah Nourbakhsh and Tom Lauwers Center for Innovative Robotics

  2. Robots as Educational Tools

  3. High School Robotics Programs

  4. TeRK – the Telepresence Robot Kit • We strongly believe that robotics can be used as a tool to educate and motivate students across a wide variety of topics and ages. • Emerging technologies are enabling us to simultaneously lower costs and increase functionality. The Turk A “TeRK”

  5. TeRK - Capabilities With a TeRK, you can connect: One webcam One wireless adapter Speakers Four DC motors Eight LEDs Eight analog sensors Sixteen servos

  6. TeRK Projects • Curricular Modules for Introduction to Computer Science • Robot Diary • Network Neighborhoods • Online Community Building and Recipe Creation

  7. Intro to CS Curricula • Create curricular modules for the following CS topics: Simple I/O, Flow Control, Arrays, File read/write, and Errors and exceptions • Modules will include robot centered assignments and activities

  8. Robot Diary • Currently engaged in participatory design sessions with middle school girls • Design sessions will inform a future robot design that allows girls to express emotion and communicate with their friends through the robot

  9. Network Neighborhoods • Provide high school students with environmental sensors and wireless technology to deploy environmental monitoring stations • Students will also be tasked with creating artistic public displays to express the information that their monitoring stations collect

  10. Community Website and Recipes TeRK Website

  11. Teleop Demo

  12. Your Turn! • Modify the sample program to cause the robot to react to certain colors • How the robot reacts is up to you, but we suggest something obvious. • Doing nothing is not an acceptable reaction. 

  13. Additional Information Contact Tom Lauwers for questions about curricula or sample programs: tlauwers@andrew.cmu.edu Check the TeRK website every few months – we are actively generating new recipes, software, and curricula: http://www.terk.ri.cmu.edu