Robots in the Classroom: What Are They Good For?

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Talk of robots in the classroom may have seemed far fetched a few years ago, but it’s safe to say that the future has arrived – at least in some classrooms. Educators are beginning to experiment with how robots can add value to their classrooms, and while it’s by no means common – they’re still quite expensive for many school budgets — robots paired with specific software and curriculum are offering interesting new learning opportunities.

The founder of RobotsLab, Elad Inbar, said that teachers complained that their students were coming into first year engineering and computer science college classes without a solid foundation of math concepts. The suite of products his team ultimately developed use robots to show students that the equations and graphs they slave over mean something in the physical world.

“We are trying to use the power of visual learning to bridge all the ‘I’m not a math person’ stuff,” Inbar said. “They can actually use their senses to understand it.”

 

Continue reading the full article here: http://blogs.kqed.org/mindshift/2014/05/robots-in-the-classroom-what-are-they-good-for/

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