TeRK: A Flexible Tool for Science and Technology Education

Illah Nourbakhsh, Emily Hamner, Tom Lauwers, Carl Francis DiSalvo, and Debra Bernstein
Proceedings of AAAI Spring Symposium on Robots and Robot Venues: Resources for AI Education, March, 2007.


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Abstract
We present TeRK, a new contribution to the field of educational robotics. TeRK combines a highly functional, low cost controller, the Qwerk, with an extensive software infrastructure and lively web community to lower the barrier to entry for students, hobbyists, artists and researchers interested in using robotic technologies. We further describe our experiences in applying TeRK to engage and excite two audiences; middle school girls and students taking the introductory computer science course.

Notes
Associated Center(s) / Consortia: Vision and Autonomous Systems Center and Quality of Life Technology Center
Associated Lab(s) / Group(s): Human-Robot Interaction Group and CREATE: Community Robotics, Education and Technology Empowerment
Associated Project(s): Telepresence Robot Kit
Number of pages: 6

Text Reference
Illah Nourbakhsh, Emily Hamner, Tom Lauwers, Carl Francis DiSalvo, and Debra Bernstein, "TeRK: A Flexible Tool for Science and Technology Education," Proceedings of AAAI Spring Symposium on Robots and Robot Venues: Resources for AI Education, March, 2007.

BibTeX Reference
@inproceedings{Nourbakhsh_2007_5852,
   author = "Illah Nourbakhsh and Emily Hamner and Tom Lauwers and Carl Francis DiSalvo and Debra Bernstein",
   title = "TeRK: A Flexible Tool for Science and Technology Education",
   booktitle = "Proceedings of AAAI Spring Symposium on Robots and Robot Venues: Resources for AI Education",
   month = "March",
   year = "2007",
}