Educational Results of the Personal Exploration Rover Museum Exhibit

Illah Nourbakhsh, Emily Hamner, Brian Dunlavey, D. Bernstein, and K. Crowley
Proceedings of the 2005 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA '05), May, 2005, pp. 4278 - 4283.


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Abstract
The Personal Rover Project produces technology, curriculum and evaluation techniques for robotic educational use in formal and informal (after-school, out-of-school) learning environments. Our specific aim for this phase of the project is to create and evaluate human-robot interactions that educate members of the general public in an informal learning environment, specifically museums. Our educational goals are to further an appreciation and understanding of NASA's Mars Exploration Rovers (MERs), to illustrate the role of robotic rovers in scientific exploration, and to provide hands-on learning experiences that demonstrate robot autonomy. We have designed a new robot, the Personal Exploration Rover (PER) and the related interactive components of a museum exhibit to achieve these goals. Here we describe the exhibits developed and the formal evaluation results of the exhibits' educational impact and efficacy. These results suggest techniques by which learning can be measured and used as an indicator of successful human-robot interaction.

Notes
Associated Project(s): The Personal Rover Project
Number of pages: 6

Text Reference
Illah Nourbakhsh, Emily Hamner, Brian Dunlavey, D. Bernstein, and K. Crowley, "Educational Results of the Personal Exploration Rover Museum Exhibit," Proceedings of the 2005 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA '05), May, 2005, pp. 4278 - 4283.

BibTeX Reference
@inproceedings{Nourbakhsh_2005_5568,
   author = "Illah Nourbakhsh and Emily Hamner and Brian Dunlavey and D. Bernstein and K. Crowley",
   title = "Educational Results of the Personal Exploration Rover Museum Exhibit",
   booktitle = "Proceedings of the 2005 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA '05)",
   pages = "4278 - 4283",
   month = "May",
   year = "2005",
}