Robot Diaries: Broadening Participation in the Computer Science Pipeline through Social Technical Exploration

Emily Hamner, Tom Lauwers, Debra Bernstein, Illah Nourbakhsh, and Carl Francis DiSalvo
AAAI Spring Symposium on Using AI to Motivate Greater Participation in Computer Science, March, 2008.


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Abstract
In this paper we describe the results of a series of new robotics workshops for secondary school girls. Specifically we show that, over the course of a three-month pilot workshop, a group of eight girls showed engagement with the workshop content and gained technical knowledge. The Robot Diaries program is unique in that it creates a social narrative approach to robotics education. The robotic technology becomes a tool for expression and communication rather than the sole focus of the workshop.

Keywords
educational robotics, secondary school, girls

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

Text Reference
Emily Hamner, Tom Lauwers, Debra Bernstein, Illah Nourbakhsh, and Carl Francis DiSalvo, "Robot Diaries: Broadening Participation in the Computer Science Pipeline through Social Technical Exploration," AAAI Spring Symposium on Using AI to Motivate Greater Participation in Computer Science, March, 2008.

BibTeX Reference
@inproceedings{Hamner_2008_6033,
   author = "Emily Hamner and Tom Lauwers and Debra Bernstein and Illah Nourbakhsh and Carl Francis DiSalvo",
   title = "Robot Diaries: Broadening Participation in the Computer Science Pipeline through Social Technical Exploration",
   booktitle = "AAAI Spring Symposium on Using AI to Motivate Greater Participation in Computer Science",
   month = "March",
   year = "2008",
}