Catlin, D. (2010) Robotics Performing Arts Project: An approach to STEM through cooperation not competition. Paper presented at the Constructionism 2010 Conference, Paris, France
The popularity of YouTube and the low cost of video equipment make it a practical possibility for students to create movie-shorts. In the Robotic Performing Arts Project students make a video of something similar to a puppet performance, replacing the puppets with Roamer robots. This paper discusses the potential of developing the project as an alternative to robotic competitions. While robot competitions are very popular, this project offers an alternative approach to STEM education where the main focus is on student collaboration and the connection of STEM and other subjects through the cultural heritage of the student community. The paper presents an initial raison d’être as a project starting point.