HandsOn-computing: promoting algorithmic thinking through haptic educational robots

Otaran, Ata and Tokatlı, Ozan and Patoğlu, Volkan (2018) HandsOn-computing: promoting algorithmic thinking through haptic educational robots. In: 11th International Conference on Haptics: Science, Technology, and Applications, EuroHaptics 2018, Pisa, Italy

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Computational thinking lies at the intellectual core of computing. Promoting computational thinking ability requires that students are provided with a clear understanding of the fundamental principles and concepts of computer science, including abstraction, logic, algorithms, and data representation. We propose to use force-feedback educational robotic devices for hands-on teaching of computational thinking. The addition of haptic feedback for teaching abstract concepts of computer science offers several advantages, as haptic feedback (i) enables an effective means of data hiding, (ii) ensures a high level of student engagement by adding another pathway for perception and enabling active physical interaction, and (iii) improves student motivation through the novelty effect. Moreover, visually impaired students may benefit from replacement of visualization with haptic feedback. We present a force-feedback application for teaching sorting algorithms and report initial student evaluations of integrating haptics to promote computational thinking.
Item Type: Papers in Conference Proceedings
Uncontrolled Keywords: Computational thinking; Educational robots; Force control; Series elastic actuation; Sorting algorithms
Divisions: Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences > Academic programs > Mechatronics
Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences
Depositing User: Volkan Patoğlu
Date Deposited: 05 Sep 2018 11:31
Last Modified: 27 May 2023 23:15
URI: https://research.sabanciuniv.edu/id/eprint/36310

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