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Robots Talk British Computer Society Northampton_17_4_2018


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Talk to the BCS Northampton, concerned with the presenter's personal view of robots in the home and in schools. Followed by the presenter's personal journey with simple robots illustrated by projects.

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Robots Talk British Computer Society Northampton_17_4_2018

  1. 1. Robots in Home and School Dr Scott Turner University of Northampton
  2. 2. The robots are coming They have been in schools for a while •Junkbots •Robots in teaching programming •Robot in School Project Personal Journey •Crumble •Microbit •Raspberry Pi •Arduino Tools of the trade
  3. 3. NAO's programming
  4. 4. The robots are coming It is not just industry!
  5. 5. Home - now • JiBO • Roomba • Alpha2 • Robotis Mini
  6. 6. ANKI's Cozmo
  7. 7. Home – coming soon (maybe) • Buddy – Blue Frog Robots • Kuri - Mayfield Robotics
  8. 8. They have been in schools for a while
  9. 9. Mindstorms
  10. 10. Wide range of robots
  11. 11. Focus on Autism
  12. 12. Personal Journey I am not a school teacher!
  13. 13. Robots in teaching programming • Active research interest at the University of Northampton • We have being 'borrowing' ideas to teaching programming • Exploring problem-solving first and Java Programming • Collaborators include: • Gary Hill • Jonathan Adams
  14. 14. • Lawhead et al (2003) “…provide entry level programming students with a physical model to visually demonstrate concepts” • “the most important benefit of using robots in teaching introductory courses is the focus provided on learning language independent, persistent truths about programming and programming techniques. Robots readily illustrate the idea of computation as interaction” • Lawhead PB, Bland CG, Barnes DJ, Duncan ME, Goldweber M, Hollingsworth RG, Schep M (2003), A Road Map for Teaching Introductory Programming Using LEGO Mindstorms Robots SIGCSE Bulletin, 35(2): 191-201.
  15. 15. What did we find? Robots are a great vehicle for developing coding skills! Visual nature is important. Limited resource – this is a difficulty. Great resource for teaching concepts in AI.
  16. 16. Sample of the publications Hill, G. and Turner, S. J. (2014) Problems First, Second and Third. International Journal of Quality Assurance in Engineering and Technology Education (IJQAETE). 3(3), pp. 88-109. ISSN: 2155-496 DOI: 10.4018/ijqaete.2014070104 Turner S (2014) "Greenfoot in Problem solving and Artificial Intelligence" CEISEE 2014 University of Electronic Science and Technology of China, Chengdu China 24-25 April 2014. 2013 Turner S (2011) Neural Nets Robotics Workshop. Bot Shop! University of Derby, 28th October 2011. Hill G, Turner S (2011) Chapter 7 Problems First Software Industry-Oriented Education Practices and Curriculum Development: Experiences and Lessons edited by Drs. Matthew Hussey, Xiaofei Xu and Bing Wu. ISBN: 978-1609607975 IGI Global June 2011 DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60960-797-5.ch007 Turner S and Hill G (2010) "Innovative use of Robots and Graphical Programming in Software Education" Computer Education Ser. 117 No. 9 pp 54-57 ISSN: 1672-5913 Turner S, Hill G, Adams J (2009) "Robots in problem solving in programming" 9th 1-day Teaching of Programming Workshop, University of Bath, 6th April 2009. Turner S and Hill G(2008) "Robots within the Teaching of Problem-Solving" ITALICS vol. 7 No. 1 June 2008 pp 108-119 ISSN 1473-7507 Turner S and Adams J (2008) "Robots and Problem Solving" 9th Higher Education Academy-ICS Annual Conference, Liverpool Hope University, 26th August - 28th August 2008. pp. 14 ISBN 978-0-9559676-0-3. Adams, J. and Turner, S., (2008) Problem Solving and Creativity for Undergraduate Computing and Engineering students: the use of robots as a development tool Creating Contemporary Student Learning Environments 2008, Northampton, UK. Adams, J. and Turner, S., (2008) Problem Solving and Creativity for Undergraduate Engineers: process or product? International Conference on Innovation, Good Practice and Research in Engineering Education 2008, Loughborough, UK. Adams, J., Turner, S., Kaczmarczyk, S., Picton, P. and Demian, P.,(2008). Problem Solving and Creativity for Undergraduate Engineers: findings of an action research project involving robots International Conference on Engineering Education ICEE 2008, Budapest, Hungary. Turner S and Hill G(2007) Robots in Problem-Solving and Programming 8th Annual Conference of the Subject Centre for Information and Computer Sciences, University of Southampton, 28th - 30th August 2007, pp 82-85 ISBN 0-978-0-9552005-7-1 Turner S (2007) Developing problem-solving teaching material based upon Microsoft Robotics Studio. 8th Annual Conference of the Subject Centre for Information and Computer Sciences, University of Southampton, 28th - 30th August 2007 pp 151 ISBN 0-978-0-9552005-7-1 Turner S (2007) Developing problem-solving teaching materials based upon Microsoft Robotics Studio. Innovative Teaching Development Fund Dissemination Day 1st March 2007 Microsoft:London Turner S and Hill G (2006) The Inclusion Of Robots Within The Teaching Of Problemsolving: Preliminary Results Proceedings of 7th Annual Conference of the ICS HE Academy Trinity College, Dublin, 29th - 31st August 2006 Proceedings pg 241-242 ISBN 0-9552005-3-9
  17. 17. Robots in School • Santander funded • Raspberry Pi based robot arms kits • Up to the school what to do – but share • Code Clubs • Moon missions • Python • Scratch • Digital Leaders
  18. 18. Junkbot project – past and present • Started in 2009 whole project lead by me with help • Sponsored by now defunct NEL and emda. Later by HE STEM • Three parts • Introduced waste management - lead by Terry Tudor • Build a moving 'bot' to clear 'junk' out of junk – lead by me • LEGO robot programming to clear junk – lead by me
  19. 19. Junkbot – bot building took off - Hayley
  20. 20. Junkbot building – bot and programming starts to come together – Hayden Tetley
  21. 21. Junkbots - now • Scratch • Python
  22. 22. Tools of the Trade! Personal views of the technologies that are going to make a difference
  23. 23. Crumble
  24. 24. Micro:bit, arduino and Raspberry Pi
  25. 25. Future is bright... and we can help Since September 2014 coding is on the National curriculum Micro:bit, Raspberry Pi and Crumble are UK based with a lot community support Perfect storm: Coding in schools, the devices and the rise of the maker movement has lead to companies producing lower cost robots Our role – we help develop and support robots in schools...and in the home.