Robohub focus on robotics education
Since posting the call for contributions in August, 2013, I was contacted by many enthusiastic and inspiring individuals who were interested in sharing their experience with budding roboticists.
Starting on September 23rd 2013, Robohub’s focus on robotics education featured original articles and tutorials from educators, students, hobbyists and expert roboticists, with the goal of putting a spotlight on robotics education, and to inspiring budding roboticists of all ages to take the next step in their robotics education.
Robotics in schools
- Claude Baumann on “Getting started in robotics, an educational concern”
- George Kantor and Theresa Richards on mentoring the Girls of Steel to success
- Sharon Marzouk on her success with using Thymio in the classroom</li>
- David Peins on using robotics in the classroom to motivate learning
- Matthew Schroyer on the Drones in Schools program
- Lynn Urbina and the Girls of Steel on their experiences as an all-girl FIRST Robotics Competition team
- Jaidyn Edwards talks about his road to becoming a robotics author and educator
- Robots Podcast interviews Erin “RobotGrrl” Kennedy on her self-made success and the maker-movement
- AISoy Robotics with a behind the scenes look at the development of their AISoy educational robot
- Mordechai Ben-Ari with a tutorial on Thymio visual programming
- Raymond Oung on how to build a DanceBot
- Terry Fong on “What do you look for when hiring a roboticist?”
- Theresa Richards on “What’s the best way to get a robotics education today?”
- Jonathan Roberts on “What do you look for when hiring a roboticist?”
- Matthew Schroyer on “What is the best way to get a robotics education today?”
- Mark Tilden on “What is the best way to get a robotics education today?”
- Nicola Tomatis on “What do you look for when hiring a roboticist?”
The following excerpt from Claude Baumann’s article on “Getting started in robotics, an educational concern” sets the scene for the focus series:
For many individuals, somewhere in between childhood and reaching adulthood, the interest for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disappears. Although school certainly must assume a significant responsibility for this cancelation, peer-group influences among young people seem to play an even more important role in this undesirable shifting of personal interests. However, by taking advantage of the same psycho-social moments related to adolescence, well-organized LEGO Mindstorms robotics projects, developed in small youth teams may reinforce the penchant for science and engineering, and subsequently arouse vocations for professions in research and technology. Far more than technical concerns, the thorough choice of a valuable methodology decides over success or failure of such projects.
– Claude Baumann, “Getting started in robotics, an educational concern”
Also don’t miss the Robotics By Invitation questions on “What is the best way to get a robotics education today?” and “What do you look for when hiring?”, which were asked in anticipation of Robohub’s focus series on robotics education.