Educational Robotics for the Classroom - Assignments

Educational Robotics for the Classroom - Assignments 



16-651: Educational Robotics for the Classroom - Assignments 

Homework 1: Concept Exploration & Concept Mapping 

Due Wednesday, July 13th


Your homework is to generate multiple curriculum candidates suitable for discussion 

and for evaluation so that, during the remaining time, you can narrow from these 

candidates to one particular idea.  


Please come with descriptions of at least 5 curricular concepts using the Robot Diaries 

technology kits. These 5 concepts should draw on at least 3 different subject areas or 

disciplines.  Describe each candidate with one paragraph of prose, plus a listing of 

subjects outside of technology relevant to the idea.  Be sure to include a description 

of what the student might do for this project.  


Keep in mind that projects can be designed to span short or long time frames. 


Homework 2: Mini Project 

Due Thursday, July 14th


Write a mini project based on the Robot Diaries technology kit that takes its 

inspiration from one of the Wednesday tours. The mini project should include both a 

research component and an action component for students to complete.  

Post your mini project to both the course blog and the Robot Diaries blog. Email to post to

Email to post to


In-class Project: Concept Definition 

Thursday, July 14th


Based on the matrix evaluation and discussions Tuesday, from your candidate 

concepts, select your concept and create the first draft of your detailed concept 


This should include:  

• standards met by this curricular concept  

• rubrics for measuring student performance  

• one-paragraph motivation for the specific curriculum  

• proposed calendar for how this activity fits into your school year, including 

estimates of time spent on the activity  


Homework 3: Evaluations and Standards  

Due Friday, July 15th


Using your prior evaluation experience and the evaluation techniques we discussed on 

Thursday, design evaluation instruments to deploy if and when you use your Robot 

Diaries curriculum in-class.  Prepare the actual paper or web-based forms that you 

propose to use.  We will review your evaluation strategy with you one-on-one on  

Friday to give you feedback and suggest changes.  


You should have at least one pre/post survey prepared for today and entered into 

Survey Monkey.  You should include on your survey questions designed to measure 

attitudinal changes regarding interest in technology, and your survey should also 

include questions that measure at least one other form of impact that is not related 

to technology.  


Because evaluation is designed in the context of your specific learning goals, you 

should have a 1-page evaluation goals document that describes the learning themes 

and issues that motivate your particular evaluation instruments.


Final Project Presentation  

Due Saturday, July 16th


On Saturday you will be presenting all your project materials to the class and to 

special invited guests that we will have here. Ensure that your project includes the 

following components, all of which should be uploaded to both the course blog and 

the Robot Diaries blog:  

• Description of student activities/units 

• Standards 

• Grading rubrics 

• Evaluation tools 


In addition, we will try out the mini activities you have designed. For your mini 

activity please prepare documentation as needed for the participants and a timeline 

that should span 1 hour of work.