ERIC Number: ED346664
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
A Prototype Robotic Arm for Use by Severely Orthopedically Handicapped Students. Final Report.
This 18-month pilot project, which ran from October 1, 1987 to March 31, 1989, developed a prototype robotic arm for educational use by students with severe orthopedic disabilities in the Columbus (Ohio) Public Schools. The developmental effort was intended first, to provide direct access to currently available instructional materials and, second, to provide a new type of learning activity to foster these students' cognitive, affective, and psychomotor development. During the course of the project, seven children with severe orthopedic disabilities learned how to use a robotic arm to pick up, place, examine, and otherwise manipulate regular educational and household items in instructional activities. The project also produced a training methodology for educational robotic environments and investigated psychological and logistical impacts of a robotically aided educational environment. It identified issues involving accessibility, software design, and curriculum integration. Appendices include samples of data collection instruments and the following articles: "Software-based Access and Control of Robotic Manipulators for Severely Physically Disabled Students" (Richard D. Howell and Kenneth E. Hay); "Robot Technology: Implications for Education" (Paul E. Post, et al.); "Designing an Educational Computer Game: Guidelines That Work" (Audree Reynolds and Jeanette V. Martin); and "Design Issues in the Use of Robots as Cognitive Enhancement Aids for Disabled Individuals" (Richard D. Howell et al.). (DB)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Ohio State Univ., Columbus. Dept. of Educational Policy and Leadership.