The Robotics Institute

RI | Seminar | October 24, 2006

Robotics Institute Seminar, October 24, 2006
Time and Place | Seminar Abstract | Speaker Biography | Speaker Appointments

Teaching Technical Creativity through Robotics in Ghana

G. Ayorkor Mills-Tettey*

Ph.D. Student, Robotics Institute

Carnegie Mellon University


* The presented work was carried out in collaboration with M. Bernardine

Dias and Brett Browning from Carnegie Mellon University, and Nathan Amanquah

from Ashesi University


Time and Place


Mauldin Auditorium (NSH 1305)
Talk 12:00 pm

Refreshments will be provided.




In Summer 2006, students in Ghana experienced firsthand the power of robotics as an educational tool.  This experience was a result of a partnership between TechBridgeWorld at Carnegie Mellon University and Ashesi University in Ghana to design and implement what appears to be the first undergraduate robotics course in Ghana.  The goals of the course were to help students to develop their technical creativity through hands-on robotics projects, and to broaden their perception of the field of computing by introducing them to the exciting world of robotics. 


Although it was piloted in Ghana, the resulting course was designed to be more generally applicable in communities were technical and financial resources are scarce, and computing technology is in its early stages of impact.  In this talk, I will dicuss our experiences, the course outcomes, and the future of this project at Ashesi University and at Carnegie Mellon. I will also discuss the benefits and potential broader impact of such projects and international partnerships, highlighting TechBridgeWorld's education initiative - the umbrella under which this project took shape. The presented work was co-sponsored by the Carnegie Mellon Berkman Faculty Development Fund and Ashesi University.


Speaker Biography


G. Ayorkor Mills-Tettey is a Ph.D. Student in the Robotics Institute, co-advised by Tony Stentz and Bernardine Dias.  A native of Ghana, Ayorkor obtained Bachelor's and Master's degrees from Dartmouth College, NH and taught Computer Science for a year at Ashesi University in Ghana before joining Carnegie Mellon in 2004.  Her research interests include designing path planning algorithms for robots, and understanding the synergies between technology and education, especially in developing communities.  Ayorkor is a 2004 Tau Beta Pi Fellow and a 2006 Google Anita Borg Scholarship recipient.  She currently serves as the student representative on the executive board of TechBridgeWorld at Carnegie Mellon.


Speaker Appointments

For appointments, please contact Janice Brochetti (

The Robotics Institute is part of the School of Computer Science, Carnegie Mellon University.