Using Tabletop Robots to promote Inclusive Classroom Experiences

Geometry and handwriting rely heavily on the visual representation of basic shapes. It can become challenging for students with visual impairments to perceive these shapes and understand complex spatial constructs. For instance, knowing how to draw …

Tangible Human Swarm Interaction

Context: Visuo-Motor coordination problems can impair children in their academic achievements and in their everyday life. Gross visuo-motor skills, in particular, are required in a range of social and educational activities that contribute to children’s physical and cognitive development such as playing a musical instrument, ball-based sports or dancing. Children with visuo-motor coordination difficulties are typically diagnosed with developmental coordination disorder or cerebral palsy and need undergo physical therapy. The therapy sessions are often not engaging for children and conducted individually.

Tangible Robots for Collaborative Online Learning

Context: Online learning presents several advantages: decreasing cost, allowing more flexibility and access to far away training resources. However, studies have found that it also limits communications between peers and teachers, limits physical interactions and that it requires a big commitment on the student’s part to plan and stay assiduous in their learning. Goals & Milestones In this project, we aim to design and test a novel way to engage students in collaborative online learning by using haptic enabled tangible robots.