The TeRK project aims to make educational robotics accessible to a large community of college and pre-college students as well as home and hobby robot enthusiasts. To this end TeRK includes the development of affordable robot designs that can be built with hand tools and commercially available off-the-shelf parts. TeRK also includes the development and evaluation of a library of curriculum to accompany these robots; development of a robot embedded electronics package; open-source software libraries; and a web community where curriculum, software, and robot designs can be readily exchanged.

Please note that the Qwerk product line has been discontinued.

The Qwerk will be replaced by the VEXPro, which is due for commercial release in late 2010.

Carnegie Mellon Press Release

See our official website: www.terk.ri.cmu.edu for more details.

Displaying 6 Publications
CSbots: A case study in introducing educational technology to a classroom setting
Tom Lauwers, Illah Nourbakhsh and Emily Hamner

Tech. Report, CMU-RI-TR-08-41, Robotics Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, October, 2008
Robot Diaries Interim Project Report: Development of a Technology Program for Middle School Girls
Emily Hamner, Tom Lauwers, Debra Bernstein, Kristen Stubbs, Kevin Crowley and Illah Nourbakhsh

Tech. Report, CMU-RI-TR-08-25, Robotics Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, May, 2008
Collective Actuation
Jason Campbell and Padmanabhan Pillai

Journal Article, The International Journal of Robotics Research, Vol. 27, No. 4, pp. 299 - 314, March, 2008
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

Conference Paper, Proceedings of AAAI Spring Symposium on Using AI to Motivate Greater Participation in Computer Science, March, 2008
TeRK: A Flexible Tool for Science and Technology Education
Illah Nourbakhsh, Emily Hamner, Tom Lauwers, Carl Francis DiSalvo and Debra Bernstein

Conference Paper, Proceedings of AAAI Spring Symposium on Robots and Robot Venues: Resources for AI Education, March, 2007
A Roadmap for Technology Literacy and a Vehicle for Getting There: Educational Robotics and the TeRK Project
Illah Nourbakhsh, Emily Hamner, Tom Lauwers, Debra Bernstein and Carl Francis DiSalvo

Conference Paper, Proceedings of IEEE RO-MAN 2006, September, 2006

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