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ERIC Number: EJ1016583
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Feb
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0018-9359
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Increasing Students' Interest with Low-Cost CellBots
Aroca, R. V.; Gomes, R. B.; Tavares, D. M.; Souza, A. A. S; Burlamaqui, A. M. F.; Caurin, G. A. P.; Goncalves, L. M. G.
IEEE Transactions on Education, v56 n1 p3-8 Feb 2013
This paper introduces the use of a flexible and affordable educational robot specifically developed for the practical experimentation inherent to technological disciplines. The robot has been designed to be reconfigurable and extendible, serving as an experimental platform across several undergraduate courses. As most students have a mobile cell phone, this was used as the main control computer for the so-called CellBot, thus avoiding any need to deal with the details of microcontrollers or other embedded computing devices. Assessment results are also presented, based on a pre- and post-survey of student opinion administered to 204 science and engineering students from several universities. Among the conclusions are that 83% of the students prefer to use these low-cost robots as tools to improve their learning of the theory in several disciplines, and 71% of the students stated that they prefer to have their own robot to experiment with, instead of using a didactic kit loaned to them by the university.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Brazil
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