WEROB – Workshop on Educational Robotics

OVERVIEW

The use of robotics for educational purposes has been pursued for a long time and has become more and more popular. Several factors have contributed to such situation, such as the availability of adequate and inexpensive robotics kits in the market and individual components, as well as the proliferation of robotics competitions for the pre-university levels. As a consequence, robotics started to be incorporated into classroom lessons and has become a learning tool for teaching concepts in a broad range of areas, from electricity and mechanics to programming, mathematics, physics, etc.

In this workshop, we aim at bringing together teachers, mentors, and students from schools, clubs, community centers, and educational institutions offering formal and informal educational opportunities in robotics, to discuss their experiences and the current practices using robotics. This workshop hopes to also provide a place to share relevant projects and discuss specific technical issues that may arise in different learning setting as well as the impact of robotics in education.

AREAS OF INTEREST

Some examples of topics of particular interest to this workshop are:
* impact of robotics in the learning process
* impact of educational robotics in the community
* school projects involving robotics
* specific use of robots to demonstrate scientific concepts
* techniques to build robots
* use of sensors
* showcase of students (teams) accomplishment with robotics, especially with RoboCupJunior leagues

TYPES OF PRESENTATION

* hands-on experience to introduce or teach new robotics ideas/tools (1-2 hrs)
* mentor/teacher presentation of their practice (20-30 min)
* students/team presentation of their accomplishment (showcase, 20-30 min)

For information about past presentations/papers, visit:

http://rcj.robocup.org/resources.html

IMPORTANT DATES
* submissions deadline: June 13, 2014
* notification of acceptance: June 23, 2014
* submission of final version: July 11, 2014

SUBMISSION

Please, write a brief text explaining your presentation. It can be from a single page to a maximum of 6 pages. All submitted papers must be written in English, in single column and following the template that you can find under “Author Guidelines” in http://www.springer.com/series/1244. We will post all accepted papers and their presentations on the RoboCupJunior website under the resources page.

Once your paper is ready to be submitted, please, send it by email directly to the workshop organizers (Amy Eguchi – amy_eguchi@bloomfield.edu and Luis Almeida – lda@fe.up.pt).

If you have registered for RoboCupJunior, you will have an access to the RoboCup Symposium and to this workshop. If you wish to present at the workshop but are not registered for RoboCupJunior or RoboCup, you need to register for the RoboCup Symposium, which will also grant an access to the co-located events such as this workshop.

WORKSHOP ORGANIZERS

Amy Eguchi – Bloomfield College, New Jersey, USA – amy_eguchi@bloomfield.edu
Luis Almeida, University of Porto, Portugal – lda@fe.up.pt