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2015 STS Making and Doing Program

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A Human-Centered Robotics Curriculum

Sabanovic, Selma, Indiana University Bloomington


Matthew Francisco, Indiana University Bloomington
Cindy Hmelo-Silver, Indiana University Bloomington
Andrea Gomoll, Indiana University Bloomington
Whitney Novak, Indiana University Bloomington

(Middle and high school students worked with us to design robots, and controlled them in a showcase at the end of the semester.)

We present materials (robots, videos, curricula) from an ongoing effort to develop a novel strategy in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education that combines human-centered robotics (HCR) with problem-based learning (PBL) experiences and the critical study of sociotechnical systems. HCR, which involves the development of robots people can use in everyday life, enables students to relate technology to their own lives and the broader social context. As students program a customized robot to give a tour of their school to remote participants, they are presented with practical engineering problems and develop solutions based on social as well as technical considerations. Relating lessons to familiar topics and places, and the combination of social and technical issues fundamental to HCR, is expected to increase engagement of students from diverse background in STEM. The curriculum also prepares them to tackle the social, technical, and scientific aspects of technology design and implementation in a holistic manner. 

Link to project:

Barbosa e Silva: STS ‘Making’ and ‘Knowings’

Battles: Lightbox: Art|Information

Clement: Mapping Internet Surveillance

Collier: The SERRC

Comisso: Scientific Legislation

Cross: Off The Grid

de la Torre: STS+ With Practitioners

Forlano: Reimagining Work

Gardner: Body Editing

Gruber: Making Mirror Neurons

Hamilton: The Anarchy of the Imagination

Hermans: rePlay: De-commodifying Music

Hosman: Solar Digital Libraries

Iles: Greening Chemistry

Irani: Matters of Care in Crowdsourcing

Jain: Things that Art

Klein: Experimental Methods

Lakoff: Limn: An Experimental Scholarly Magazine

Lee : Teaching Sewol Disaster

Liboiron: Civic Laboratory: Plastics

Lie: Film: Medical Imaging

Loukissas: Life and Death of Data

Lucena: CSR & Social Justice

Miller: The Shore Line

Morales-Nasser: STS and ART

Myers: The Write2Know Project

Nieusma: STS Design Program

Ostman: Nano & Society

Ostrowski: Empirical Prints

Peek: Making Machines that Make

Poirier: Cyberinfrastructure for STS

Quitmeyer: Mobile Wilderness Making

Richardson: Critical Digital Exhibits

Riley: Doing Engineering Justice

Rogers: Making Science Visible

Sabanovic: A Human-Centered Robotics Curriculum

Schwartz-Marin: Citizen-Led Forensics

Selin: Futurescape City Tours

Shrum: Light Years

Smiley: ‘zines as method

Southwick: BlackBox Vending Machine

Stettler: Can Innovators Be Made?

Taylor: Connecting-Probing-Reflecting Spaces

Vidart-Delgado : Department of Play

Visperas: Thinking with Catalyst

Wang: Wooden Boat Building

Warren: Crafting Digital Stories

Watts: The Energy Walk

Whynacht: The Now(here) Project

Woelfle-Erskine: Tell a Salmon

Ziewitz: How’s My Feedback?

Zuiderent-Jerak: Situated Intervention