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Teaching With Robots
Robotics: Science and Systems 2008 Workshop

ETH, Zürich, Switzerland
28 June 2008

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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