CompSci 89s: Teaching with Robots
Course GoalsAfter taking this course, students should be able to:
This seminar introduces programming in the context of mobile robotics. Students will develop a variety of projects using LEGO robot kits. The course also has a service-learning component where participants will mentor local middle and high school students on mobile robot projects as part of the Duke/Durham Public Schools Robotics Program.
No prior programming or computer science experience is required.
Time and Place
Discussion on 6:00-6:50 on Mondays in North Building 311 and lab sessions 3:30pm-5:35 on Thursdays in North Building 311. Students will also work on robot projects in the Robotics Teaching Lab; North Building 018.
Mentoring sessions will run from 4:00-5:30 in the Academy Building of Durham School of the Arts starting October 15. Students also need attend Saturday sessions on November 7 and December 5.
Texts and Software
Texts are available in the Duke textbook store. Students will also be given a number of readings which are printed from various sources.
Most software for the course will be provided via this website. You can use computer science department-owned laptops during class. If you would like to use your own laptop, you will need to purchase the LEGO NXT Education software from LEGO Education
Instructor: Jeff Forbes
Email: antonyt AT duke.edu
Office Hours: TBA
Mentoring & Service LearningA key aspect of the program is the close interaction of students with their mentors in small groups. Mentors will consistently advise a team of four students throughout the semester. These small groups will enable deep interaction and inquiry into creating RoboCupJunior champions.
As part of the requirements for the course, students are required to attend weekly mentoring session in Durham Public Schools. Durham Public Schools will conduct a criminal record check on volunteers who may have unsupervised contact with children. Successful completion of the course is subject to satisfactory completion of the background check and any other Durham Public Schools requirements.
As part of this course, you will need to travel off campus to Durham School of the Arts. You may choose to drive your own car, be driven by one of your classmates, or walk. You are not required to drive your own car or provide any of other classmates with transportation, but that is permitted.
Travel off campus has inherent risks. Your instructor has attempted to minimize and control these risks through careful design and organization of your service experience. However, a certain level of risk is inevitable, and it is important that you understand this so that you may make an informed decision to take this course.
The service for this course is an integral part of the learning experience for the class. The mentoring experience will serve as a laboratory for the technical, pedagogical, and ethical concepts that are investigated in this course.
Service LearningIn 1999, the Deans Advisory Committee for Service-Learning adopted the following definition of service-learning:
Service-learning links classroom learning with service to communities. Service opportunities are developed through collaboration among faculty, students, and individuals and organizations in the community. Service placements are designed to meet two criteria: to enhance the educational goals of a course and to serve the public good by providing a needed service to individuals, organizations, schools, or other entities in the community. Students involved in service-learning make a commitment to engage in a service project or to complete a specified number of hours of service work. Through structured activities of reflection and analysis, they are asked to integrate their service experience with the other materials of the course.
Web, Newsgroup, and Blackboard
Most of the course materials, including the syllabus, lecture notes, reading assignments, homework, programming FAQs, etc., will be available through the course Web page (http://www.cs.duke.edu/courses/spring10/cps089s/).
The discussion forum is useful for posting questions that are likely to be of interest to the rest of the class. We very much encourage students in the class to post responses to questions. We will monitor the the discussion forum regularly, and post responses to questions that have not previously been asked or answered. Before posting a question, please do make sure that you have read all previous messages and that your question has not yet been discussed.
We will use the Blackboard course management system (https://courses.duke.edu/) and for turning in some assignments.
Finally, please check your email regularly, as important course announcements will be sent via email.
Grading is done on an absolute, but adjustable scale. This means that there is no curve. Anyone earning 90% or more of the total number of points available will receive a grade in the A range; 80% or more guarantees a grade in the B range, 70% or more guarantees a grade in the C range, 60% or more guarantees a grade in the D range. This scale may slide down, but it will not go up.
There will be several types of assignments during the term, each contributing to your final grade by approximately the following percentages:
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