We believe that students will learn many aspects of how to program robots quicker and better using a robotic simulation environment like the ROBOTC Robot Virtual World (RVW) than if they if they learn to program using a physical robot. The simulation environment removes potential problems associated with a robot’s electronics,mechanics, power, and placement allowing the student to focus on troubleshooting their code rather than their robot. Our study builds on numerous studies involving teaching novice programming using robots i. We are looking for the following types of teachers:
We anticipate that the actual study will take between four to six weeks of class time. We are not advocating that students do not eventual program and engineer real robots, but we are trying to determine if there is a more efficient way to teach novice robotic programming skills. Once the study is complete all students will program real robots.
We are interested in working with Certified Teachers that will teach 15 or more students how to program LEGO or VEX robots during the fall semester of 2012. A teacher can become certified by taking one of our face-to-face or online courses and by passing the certification test.
We are interested in working with Certified Teachers that will teach 15 or more students how to program LEGO or VEX robots during the spring semester 2013. A teacher can become certified by taking one of our face-to-face or online courses and by passing the certification test. If you are interested please email research at cs2n.org (the @ is removed to prevent SPAMbots).
After you pass the certification test you will receive a certificate that says that you are certified by Carnegie Mellon Robotics Academy to teach ROBOTC programming. During the study you will have:
i Systematic Literature Review: Teaching Novices Programming Using Robots L. Major, T. Kyriacou and O. P. Brereton, (2011). 15th Annual Conference on Evaluation & Assessment in Software Engineering, p 21-30.