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Kitts, Christopher; Quinn, Neil – Journal on Educational Resources in Computing, 2004
Santa Clara University's Robotic Systems Laboratory conducts an aggressive robotic development and operations program in which interdisciplinary teams of undergraduate students build and deploy a wide range of robotic systems, ranging from underwater vehicles to spacecraft. These year-long projects expose students to the breadth of and…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Engineering Education, Research and Development, Computer Interfaces
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Verner, Igor M.; Ahlgren, David J. – Journal on Educational Resources in Computing, 2004
By designing, building, and operating autonomous robots students learn key engineering subjects and develop systems-thinking, problem-solving, and teamwork skills. Such events as the Trinity College Fire-Fighting Home Robot Contest (TCFFHRC) offer rich opportunities for students to apply their skills by requiring design, and implementation of…
Descriptors: Engineering Education, Engineering, Robotics, High School Students
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Blank, Douglas; Kumar, Deepak; Meeden, Lisa; Yanco, Holly – Journal on Educational Resources in Computing, 2004
In this article we describe a programming framework called Pyro, which provides a set of abstractions that allows students to write platform-independent robot programs. This project is unique because of its focus on the pedagogical implications of teaching mobile robotics via a top-down approach. We describe the background of the project, its…
Descriptors: Learning Modules, Programming, Robotics, Models
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Kumar, Amruth N. – Journal on Educational Resources in Computing, 2004
We have been using robots in our artificial intelligence course since fall 2000. We have been using the robots for open-laboratory projects. The projects are designed to emphasize high-level knowledge-based AI algorithms. After three offerings of the course, we paused to analyze the collected data and to see if we could answer the following…
Descriptors: Artificial Intelligence, Robotics, Laboratories, College Students
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Imberman, Susan P. – Journal on Educational Resources in Computing, 2004
In this article we describe a project for an undergraduate artificial intelligence class. The project teaches neural networks using LEGO[R] handy board robots. Students construct robots with two motors and two photosensors. Photosensors provide readings that act as inputs for the neural network. Output values power the motors and maintain the…
Descriptors: Artificial Intelligence, Toys, Robotics, Teaching Methods
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Sklar, Elizabeth; Parsons, Simon; Stone, Peter – Journal on Educational Resources in Computing, 2004
In the education literature, team-based projects have proven to be an effective pedagogical methodology. We have been using "RoboCup" challenges as the basis for class projects in undergraduate and masters level courses. This article discusses several independent efforts in this direction and presents our work in the development of shared…
Descriptors: Computer Science Education, Computer Science, Shared Resources and Services, Robotics