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List of Materials for IPRE Final Report 2009

IPRE Components


  1. Curriculum
    1. Textbook, Learning Computing with Robots edited by Deepak Kumar.
      [ PDFs ]
    2. Educator Resources - Lecture Notes, Powerpoint slides, Example Assignments and Activities.
    3. Demo Programs - Simple programs that demonstrate sensors/output on the robot and python.
    4. HOWTO Videos - Student Videos demonstrating various aspects of Myro & the Robot
    5. CREU - Collaborative Research Experience for Undergraduates Bryn Mawr Project 2007-08
  2. Assessment
    1. Assessment Tools - Surveys for robots and non-robots classes, consent forms, study protocols for IRB, etc...
    2. Published Papers
      1. A Music Context for Teaching Introductory Computing by Ananya Misra, Douglas Blank, and Deepak Kumar. Published in ITiCSE '09, July 6 - 9, Paris, France.
        [ PDF ] [ Resources ] [ PPT ]
      2. Personalizing CS1 with Robots by Jay Summet, Deepak Kumar, Keith O'Hara, Daniel Walker, Lijun Ni, Doug Blank, and Tucker Balch. Published in SIGCSE '09, March 4-7, 2009, Chattanooga, TN USA.
        [ PDF]
      3. Games, Robots, and Robot Games: Complementary Contexts for Introductory Computing Education by Dianna Xu, Douglas Blank, and Deepak Kumar. Feb. 2008, Cozumel, Mexico.
        [ PDF ] [ Resources ] [ PPT ]
      4. Engaging Computing Students with AI and Robotics. By Deepak Kumar, Doug Blank, Tucker Balch, Keith O'Hara, Mark Guzdial, and Stewart Tansley. AAAI Spring Symposium on Using AI to Motivate Greater Participation in Computer Science. March 2008.
        [ PDF ] [ Program ]
      5. Robots make computer science personal. By Douglas Blank. Communications of the ACM, volume 49. Pages 25 - 27. ACM Press. New York, NY, USA. 2006.
        [ Published ] [ PDF ]
      6. Designing Personal Robots for Education: Hardware, Software, and Curriculum. Tucker Balch, Jay Summet, Doug Blank, Deepak Kumar, Mark Guzdial, Keith O’Hara, Daniel Walker, Monica Sweat, Gaurav Gupta, Stewart Tansley, Jared Jackson, Mansi Gupta, M. Muhammad, S. Prashad, Natasha Eilbert, and Ashley Gavin, Pervasive Computing. 7(2). April 2008.
    3. Presentations
      1. Personal Robots for CS1 by Doug Blank at RSS 2007.
        [ PDF ] [ PPT ]
      2. You’re the Future of Innovation and Technology - Talk by Jane Prey (Microsoft Research) for the IPRE Grand Opening Keynote at Bryn Mawr College (12 slides). Photos: set1, set2, set3
      3. Microsoft Research SIGCSE 2007 - Deepak Kumar's background images to IPRE presentation during Stewart Tansley's SIGCSE 2007 presentation
      4. Robots in the Classroom - Doug Blank's Bryn Mawr College Parent's Weekend 2006 Presentation; BMC activities (15 minutes, 24 slides)
      5. Robots can make Computer Science Education Personal - Doug Blank's talk to University of Memphis; covers Developmental Robotics and IPRE (60 minutes, 59 slides)
      6. Robots Gone Berserk - Doug Blank's talk at Union College in 2006 about crisis in computer science and alternate introductions to CS (45 slides)
      7. Robots in the Classroom: Motivating Students and Machines - Doug Blank's talk at Sarah Lawrence College, NYC
      8. Rethinking Computer Science Education - Talk by Deepak Kumar at the 40th Anniversary of the CSE Department at University at Buffalo, April 13-14, 2007. There are two videos embeeded here, write to Deepak for copies if you need them. The videos will load up if viewed in Internet Explorer.
      9. Robots in the Classroom: This time it's Personal! - Doug Blank's talk at Microsoft Latin America Summit in Chile
      10. Presentation by Deepak Kumar & Tucker Balch at Microsoft faculty Summit, July 2007
      11. Panel presentation by Deepak Kumar at Microsoft Faculty Summit, July 2007.
      12. Experiences Teaching CS 1 with Personal Robots - Jay Summet's talk at the Microsoft Research Latin American Academic Summit - Panama City, Panama: May 14-16, 2008.
      13. Presentation and tutorial by Jay Summet at Universidad Nacional De La Plata - La Plata, Argentina: Sep 1-7, 2008.
      14. BMC IPRE Summer Fellows demonstrate Myro-based materials to Summer Institute for the Gifted, Aug 3, 2007 - Photos
      15. Rethinking Computer Science Education - Talk by Deepak Kumar at New jersey Institute of technology, October 10, 2007. There are some videos embedded here, write to Deepak for copies if you need them. The videos will load up if viewed in Internet Explorer.
      16. Personal Robots in CS1 - Panel Presentation by Deepak Kumar at the Grace Hopper Conference (2007) panel on Promising Practices in CS1, October 18, 2007. There are some videos embeeded here, write to Deepak for copies if you need them. The videos will load up if viewed in Internet Explorer.
      17. Canisius 2007 - presentation at Cansius College by Doug Blank, November 2007.
      18. Learning and Teaching with a Personal Robot: Rethinking CS Education - presentation at Virginia Tech's CPATH meeting by Doug Blank, November 2007.
      19. Myro Tutorial presentation for high school students by Jay Summet and Doug Blank given at Microsoft Research, January 2008.
      20. IGNITE 2008 - presentation given to IGNITE, Inspiring Girls Now in Technology Evolution, by Stewart Tansley and Doug Blank, January 2008 in Redmond.
      21. Robots as a Context for Computer Science Education: IPRE's Approach - presentation at GDCSE Cruise by Doug Blank and Mark Guzdial, Feb. 2008, Cozumel, Mexico. (63 slides)
      22. Games, Robots, and Robot Games: Complementary Contexts for Introductory Computing Education - presentation at GDCSE Cruise by Dianna Xu, Feb. 2008, Cozumel, Mexico.
      23. Designed for Pedagogy: Exploring Robot Vision in CS1 - presented at the workshop on Computer vision and image processing: Accessible resources for robotics and CS curricula by Doug Blank, March 2008.
      24. A Personal, yet Social, Robot: IPRE’s Approach - Doug Blank's Presentation at the Social Robotics CPATH meeting at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, May 2008.
      25. The Context of Computing Education - Deepak Kumar's Colloquium at Rutgers University Camden Department of Computer Science. April 2008.
      26. The Context of Computing Education - Deepak Kumar's presentation at the Microsoft Research Vendor Session at ITiCSE 2008, Madrid, Spain. June 2008.
      27. Contexts of Computing Education - Deepak Kumar's Panel presentation at the Panel on Innovative Undergraduate Curricula (Mark Guzdial: Panel Chair). July 2008.
      28. IPRE Workshop @ BMC 2008 - Doug Blank's overview
      29. What can we learn from robots? - Deepak Kumar's Keynote presentation at SIGCSE Pre-Symposium on Future of Educational Robotics. March 2009.
      30. Robots in Education - Deepak Kumar's presentation at Kutztown University Computer Science's Industrial Advisory Board Meeting on Future of intelligent robotics in business, industry and education. March 2009.
      31. What can we learn from robots? - Deepak Kumar's presentation at the Quadrangle (A Senior Assisted Living Community in Haverford, PA). April 2009.
      32. What can we learn from robots? - Deepak Kumar's presentation to parents of admitted students at Bryn Mawr College. April 2009.
      33. Introducing Computing with Personal Robots - Keith O'Hara's presentation at the 2009 Microsoft Research Latin American Faculty Summit. Buenos Aires, Argentina. May 2009.
    4. Radio, TV, and Podcasts
      1. Doug Blank interviewed by Christie Jones on College Connection for Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education, June 9, 2007. - Audio
    5. Workshops and Symposia
      1. AAAI 2007 - Doug Blank's AAAI Spring Symposium - 3 minute teaser to Myro (10 slides)
      2. SIGCSE 2007 - Doug Blank's SIGCSE 2007 Workshop; overview of many robots with focus on Scribbler (45 minutes, 38 slides)
      3. Personal Robots in Education - Doug Blank's IPRE presentation at 2007 AAAI Spring Symposium on Robots and Robot Venues: Resources for AI Education
      4. Personal Robots for CS-1 - Doug Blank's presentation at Robotics: Science and Systems, Workshop on Research in Robots for Education.


  1. Hardware
    1. Pictures
      1. scribbler_pic.JPG
      2. scribcamc_pict_bot.jpg
      3. scribcamc_pict_top.jpg
      4. scribcame32_plot.pdf
      5. scribcame_schematic.jpg
      6. gyro.jpg
      7. fluke_quickstart_keith.jpg
    2. Text
      1. dongle-manual-new.doc
      2. ccli_hardware_rough.doc
      3. 2007-AnnualReport-hardware.pdf
      4. 2009_final_report_hardware_rough.doc
      5. 2009_final_report_hardware_ver6.doc
  2. Software
  3. Community
    1. Workshop on Research in Robots for Education. Robotics: Science and Systems Conference. Atlanta, GA. June 2007.
    2. Tutorial on Personal Robots as Vehicles for Introductory Computer Science and Beyond. IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA). Pasadena, CA. May 2008.
    3. IPRE Summer Faculty Enhancement Workshop. Bryn Mawr, PA. June 2008
    4. IPRE Summer Faculty Enhancement Workshop. Atlanta, GA. July 2008.
    5. Future of Robots in Education Symposium. Co-located with SIGCSE 2009. Chattanooga, TN. March 2009.