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Teaching Computer Science with Robotics vs. Teaching Robotics

Deepak Kumar and I had a good Skype conversation yesterday (Thursday 13 July) about getting started with the curriculum design for the introductory course. We plan to trial the course this January, so we have a lot of ground to cover in a short time.

The really important point that we both agree on is the IPRE courses are about learning Computer Science not learning Robotics. Deepak explicitly said that robotics and cognitive science should take a back seat in these courses. Our goal is to teach computer science -- using robotics and cognitive science as inspiration, but also drawing on computational science and other domains. We're using robots as a strategy for learning and teaching -- a place to draw interesting examples and a way to make the computing concrete and tangible.

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