Affordable mobile robotic platforms for teaching computer science at African universities

Gyebi, Ernest, Hanheide, Marc and Cielniak, Grzegorz (2015) Affordable mobile robotic platforms for teaching computer science at African universities. In: 6th International Conference on Robotics in Education, 20-22, May, 2015, Yverdon-les-Bains, Switzerland.

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Educational robotics can play a key role in addressing some of the challenges faced by higher education in Africa. One of the major obstacles preventing a wider adoption of initiatives involving educational robotics in this part of the world is lack of robots that would be affordable by African institutions. In this paper, we present a survey and analysis of currently available affordable mobile robots and their suitability for teaching computer science at African universities. To this end, we propose a set of assessment criteria and review a number of platforms costing an order of magnitude less than the existing popular educational robots. Our analysis identifies suitable candidates offering contrasting features and benefits. We also discuss potential issues and promising directions which can be considered by both educators in Africa but also designers and manufacturers of future robot platforms.

Keywords:educational robotics, education in developing countries, affordable robots
Subjects:H Engineering > H671 Robotics
X Education > X342 Academic studies in Higher Education
Divisions:College of Science > School of Computer Science
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Deposited On:01 Jun 2015 11:38

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