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Status: 
In progress
Doug Blank

Dates

Date Activity Was Created: 
November 19, 2013
Target Completion Date: 
November 19, 2017
Goal statement: 
Create materials for students to use to easily transition into CS1, and beyond. Materials should including interesting contexts, such as robots and art, to attract them to authentic and stimulating topics.

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Organization
Bryn Mawr College
Department
Computer Science
UserID
dblank
City
Bryn Mawr
State
PA
Additional Activity Info: 
We have developed software that allows multiple languages to use robots with cameras, and make interesting art, animations, and games.
Lessons Learned: 
One of the first lessons that we have learned is that robots can be engaging for women in a first-year college CS course. We weren't sure this would be the case. However, we this may depend on careful design of the software and hardware. See http://calicoproject.org for more details.
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Recruiting
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Comments

What kinds of art, animations and games did the students make?

What type of robots did you use?

We use the Scribbler robot and a addon board sold by betterbots.com. You can see more about the project at wiki.roboteducation.org

The students made all kinds of art and animations. Here is a sampling of ideas:

http://calicoproject.org/Calico_Nifty_Projects

This looks very interesting. Was this part of a transition class? or did it run as a workshop?