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Thymio II, a robot that grows wiser with children

  • Authors: Riedo, Fanny; Chevalier, Morgane Solène Denise; Magnenat, Stéphane; Mondada, Francesco

Thymio II is a small robot developed for education. It aims at offering a wide public the possibility to understand the basics of robotics and programming. To achieve this, it aims at being appealing to a large age range and serve as a medium for several types of activities. In this study, we tested it in five different workshops of the EPFL Robotics Festival with various activities. The workshops target different age groups and the participants can control the robot via different means: built- in buttons, graphical programming and text programming. At the end of the activities, participants were asked to fill a short survey to give their impressions about the robot, their appreciation of the tasks and their motivations to take part. We could show through this feedback that ThymioII appeals to young children as much as to teenagers, to both girls and boys, and allows them to have fun and learn new things.

Posted on: April 14, 2014