Robot dance: edutainment or engaging learning

Martin, Chris and Hughes, Janet (2011). Robot dance: edutainment or engaging learning. In: PPIG 2011 - 23rd Annual Workshop, 6-8 Sep 2011, York.



This paper describes an Arduino-based robot workshop (Arduino, 2011) funded by the scottish government that uses robots and open problems to engage a wide range of participants from primary 5 school pupils to undergraduate students. This workshop was developed as an outreach activity which has strong links to active research in the area of teaching and learning of programming. This paper shall describe briefly the structure, aims and objective of the Robot Dance workshop. This is followed by the research questions it seeks to address and a description of the methodology utilised to explore these questions. Result are presented and discussed before purposing future work.

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