Designing, Constructing, and Programming Robots for Learning
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Designing, Constructing, and Programming Robots for Learning

Nikleia Eteokleous (Frederick University, Cyprus) and Efi Nisiforou (University of Nicosia, Cyprus)
Pages: 300|DOI: 10.4018/978-1-7998-7443-0
ISBN13: 9781799874430|ISBN10: 1799874435|EISBN13: 9781799874454|ISBN13 Softcover: 9781799874447

Description

The main theme of the book is to describe and explain via theory and practice two approaches in designing, constructing and programming robots: Firstly, the use of educational robotics packages that are available in the market for the development of pre-fabricated robots and also the use of low-cost tools, materials and technologies available in our daily activities for the development of robotics artifacts.

This book will explain and design the concept of robotics and educational robotics and how robotics are integrated in our daily activities and in their relationship with humans, as well as human’s role in designing, developing and programming the robotics. This part of the proposed book focuses on the educational perspective of robotics and specifically, how they can be employed as cognitive learning tools in the educational practice. It explains the two approaches of educational robotics: as a subject matter (learning about robotics) and as a cognitive-learning tool (learning with robotics/ robotics as partners in the learning process), defining the term of educational robotics in classroom practice. In addition, it describes the relationship of robotics to the learning theories and specifically to constructivism, constructionism and how robotics are related to “mindtools”. Finally, the knowledge constructed and skills (21st century skills, transversal skills, high-order thinking skills, transferable skills) that can be developed when robotics are employed as learning-tools are presented and explained.

Additionally this book compares and contrasts the integration of educational Robotics in formal, non-formal, and informal educational settings and how does this relate to the concepts examined in the 1st part of the paper (learning theories, philosophies of integration, knowledge construction and skills developed). Additionally, it presents and explains the different approaches, case studies and examples that exist in regards to developing and establishing educational robotics clubs (within school activities, within school curriculum and as afternoon clubs) and summer camps. These will be discussed in relation to the concepts of formal, non-formal, and informal educational settings. The book also presents and discusses the development of educational robotics curricula.

Lastly it describes, explains and contrasts the various robotics packages that are employed for the past twenty years in order to construct and program robots. It can be also characterized as the means to construct pre-fabricated robots. It then introduces a new approach of having the educators and the students design and construct their own robotics artefacts using available low-cost tools, materials and technologies.

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