Robots as recruitment tools in Computer Science: The new frontier or simply bait and switch?

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Abstract

There is little doubt that the use of robots in introductory classes is an effective way to spark an initial interest in Computer Science and recruit students into our classes, and subsequently recruit some of them as Computer Science majors. But when the semester is over, the vast majority of our students are unlikely to see robots in the classroom again until they take advanced courses in AI or Robotics. It is time for those of us who are proponents of the use of robots in Introductory Computer Science to start thinking seriously about how we are using robots in our classes, and how to sustain the interest and enthusiasm of our students as they move on to more traditional courses. While the focus of this paper is on the use of robots in Introductory Computer Science courses, my goal is to initiate a more general discussion on the use of any sort of cool new technology (tangible or not) into both undergraduate and K-12 education. These technologies successfully attract students to study subjects that we ourselves are deeply engaged in. But we need to discuss as a community what happens when our individual classes conclude and the rest of their studies commence.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationEducational Robotics and Beyond
Subtitle of host publicationDesign and Evaluation - Papers from the AAAI Spring Symposium, Technical Report
Pages26-30
Number of pages5
StatePublished - Oct 22 2010
Event2010 AAAI Spring Symposium - Stanford, CA, United States
Duration: Mar 22 2010Mar 24 2010

Publication series

NameAAAI Spring Symposium - Technical Report
VolumeSS-10-03

Other

Other2010 AAAI Spring Symposium
CountryUnited States
CityStanford, CA
Period3/22/103/24/10

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Artificial Intelligence

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    Kay, J. (2010). Robots as recruitment tools in Computer Science: The new frontier or simply bait and switch? In Educational Robotics and Beyond: Design and Evaluation - Papers from the AAAI Spring Symposium, Technical Report (pp. 26-30). (AAAI Spring Symposium - Technical Report; Vol. SS-10-03).