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Dezibot

Goal: Robot for research on swarm and distributed algorithms and educational work. Inspired from Harvard Kilobot, but really easy to make for only 10$.

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Saskia Uta Dübener
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In a technology driven world, it is fundamental for children to gain IT competencies. Therefore, every child should learn how to program. Some approaches to help students to learn programming quickly exist already, but mostly graphical programming languages are being employed in primary courses. With our research, we focus on higher years and the learning of complex programming languages. C++ is one of the most important programming languages, especially when considering mobile devices. In this paper, we want to prove that with basic knowledge of programming constructs learned through, for example, graphical programming languages, a switch to complex languages is easily and quickly possible with the motivation of robots. With higher programming languages, the entry level is very high, which is why motivation often suffers. Robots break this motivational barrier for students. In our teaching model, we use the educational robot Dezibot. The Dezibot is a small, inexpensive and connected robot. We will evaluate the learning process of students and discuss their study progress under consideration of motivational aspects in this paper.
Saskia Uta Dübener
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Robot for research on swarm and distributed algorithms and educational work. Inspired from Harvard Kilobot, but really easy to make for only 10$.
 
Anina Ambra Morgner
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One Dezibot finds another Dezibot by using IR-Signals.
During the searching process the LED color is blue.
If the searching robot walks to another roboter, the LED color changes to orange.
 
Hans Felix Haupt
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Dezibot wireless controlled using WiFi and the Telnet-Protocol.
 
Anina Ambra Morgner
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Just a little impression from the first regional Dezibot Workshop.
 
Anina Ambra Morgner
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The presentation of our publication "Dezibot2 - The Wi-Fi based, inexpensive, and small educational mobile robot" at the FECS 2018 in Las Vegas is online.
 
Saskia Uta Dübener
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In this work, we introduce a small, inexpensive, and connected educational robot, the Dezibot 2 . Its 50 mm diameter facilitates its portability, so students can move the Dezibot 2 around easily, and it can also be used on ordinary school desks during large classes. The economical design allows a personal robot for each student at a price of $7.33. Its connectivity via Wi-Fi enables cooperative learning techniques at home as well as in class. The hardware is ready to use out of the box, and its Arduino-based programming accelerates the start into the world of programming robots.
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Saskia Uta Dübener (1), Anton Jacker (2), Anina Ambra Morgner (1), Hans Felix Haupt (3), and Jens Wagner (4)
1 - Neue Nikolaischule - High School, City of Leipzig, Germany
2 - Werner-Heisenberg-Schule - High School, City of Leipzig, Germany
3 - Immanuel-Kant-Schule - High School, City of Leipzig, Germany
4 - Faculty IMN, HTWK - University of Applied Sciences, Leipzig, Germany
This paper has been accepted to the CSCE 2018 in Las Vegas where it will be presented.
Abstract:
In this work, we introduce a small, inexpensive, and connected educational robot, the Dezibot2. Its 66mm diameter facilitates its portability, so students can move the Dezibot2 around easily, and it can also be used on ordinary school desks during large classes. The economical design allows a personal robot for each student at a price of $7.33. Its connectivity via Wi-Fi enables cooperative learning techniques at home as well as in class. The hardware is ready to use out of the box, and its Arduino-based programming accelerates the start into the world of programming robots.
 
Anina Ambra Morgner
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The presentation of our publication "Gegenüberstellung von kostengünstigen Robotern als Lernobjekt an Schulen" at the SKILL 2017 in Chemnitz.
 
Saskia Uta Dübener
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Im Mittelpunkt steht der Vergleich verschiedener Roboter, welche als Lehrmittel an Schulen geeignet sind und in mehreren Kategorien miteinander verglichen werden. Außerdem wird das Projekt Dezibot präsentiert. Das Ziel des Projektes ist es, einen Bausatz für einen Roboter zu entwickeln, welcher $10 kosten soll und an Schulen verwendet werden kann. Dabei liegt der Schwerpunkt der Bewertung darauf, dass jeder Lernende mindestens einen Roboter an seinem Arbeitsplatz alleine nutzen und programmieren kann. Es sollen keine dedizierten Räume notwendig sein.
Anton Jacker
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Dezibot follows IR spot
 
Saskia Uta Dübener
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In this paper we present different kinds of robots which are supposed to be used as instructive objects. We compare them in various categories and we also introduce our own robot the “Dezibot”. The aim of this work is to identify a robot that costs less than $10 to be used in schools. Our main emphasis is that every student has at least one robot to program it on his own. Furthermore, as an educational robot, it has to be used on an ordinary school desk.
 
Jens Wagner
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Project goal
Robot for research on swarm and distributed algorithms and educational work. Inspired from Harvard Kilobot, but really easy to make for real 10$.
Background and motivation
We tried to buy Harvard's kilobots, but in the number we needed them they were simply too expensive (1450 € / 10pcs). We needed more than 100 pieces. So we had to consider a cheaper alternative. However, the performance parameters should remain comparable. We believe this is possible.