Think Globally, Build Locally: a Technological Platform for Low-Cost,Open-Source Robotics for EducationPaulo Blikstein, Stanford University August 23 (this Monday), at 16:15, in room BC129 “Programmable bricks” are microcontroller-based devices that can be used in various educational projects, such as robotic prototypes, environmental sensing, and interactive art. They have been used in educational settings for many years, but particularly in public schools their penetration has been limited due either to unavailability or prohibitive cost. In this talk, we discuss recent work on the GoGo Board, an open-source, extensible, low-cost programmable brick mainly designed for educational use, especially in low-income areas. We discuss the board’s main design principles, which were based on our extensive fieldwork in several countries such as Brazil, Mexico, and Thailand, as well as implication for learning activities, the use of low-cost materials, and local construction of boards. Paulo Blikstein is an Assistant Professor at the School of Education and (by courtesy) at the Computer Science Department. He holds a MSc. from the MIT Media Lab and a PhD. from the School of Education at Northwestern University. Blikstein’s research focuses on the design of expressive technologies for mathematics and science learning, especially in for underprivileged populations, in the US and abroad. His research interests also include cognitive modeling and the applications of complexity sciences in education.
Posted by Pierre Dillenbourg on Thursday 19 August 2010 at 17:17