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Using Educational Robotics Research to Transform the Classroom

  • Published May 21, 2015
  • By Dave Catlin, Andrew P. Csizmadia, James G. OMeara and Dr Sarah Younie
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Establishing a Robotics Community of Evidenced-based Practice using MESH Guides and the TACTICS Framework

6th International Conference on Robotics in Education, Yverdon-les-Bains, Switzerland


Trends in the USA and UK insist that classroom interventions are supported by evidence of their efficacy. The body of evidence supporting the value of educational robots is growing. However, a perennial problem remains, how can such evidence impact everyday teaching and the use of educational robots in the classroom? MESHGuides are created by an international network of educators who are mapping the research base underpinning educational practice and making it readily available to teachers anywhere in the world. The TACTICS Framework sets a standard for how research information should be integrated into evidenced-based activities and how these activities can be used to inform research. This paper introduces these ideas and shows how they have been applied to the Turtle type educational robot, Roamer. (more…)

The Principles of Educational Robotic Applications (ERA)

  • Published August 16, 2010
  • By Dave Catlin and Mike Blamires
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Catlin, D. and Blamires, M. (2010). The Principles of Educational Robotic Applications (ERA): A framework for understanding and developing educational robots and their activities. Proceedings of Constructionism 2010, American University, Paris, France. (more…)

Robot Dawn 2

‘Robotics Connecting design technology to other subjects’

Dave Catlin, designer of Roamer continues his look at robotics in education. In the first article, he explained you could use robots in schools in two ways. Educational technology uses robots to help teach. And technology education refers to learning about robots. In this article, he focuses on technology education and the potential of robots as part of Design Technology. This Technology Today published this article in September 2007.

Grey Walter’s Turtles

  • Published September 12, 1970
  • By Dave Catlin

Grey Walter’s Tortoises Prequel to Educational Robots

William Grey Walter (1910 – 1977) was an American-born British neurophysiologist and robotician.  Born in Kansas City, Missouri, in 1910.  He was brought to England and worked in London hospitals in the field of neurophysiology.  From 1939 to 1970 he worked Burden Neurological Institute in Bristol.  Between 1948 and 1949 Grey Walter designed and built two robots called Elmer and Elsie which he called tortoises.   These were autonomous creatures that could exhibit so basic behaviours in response to their environment and internal state.  In honour of this work Seymour Papert called the Logo robots Turtles. (American English call tortoises – turtles).   In this post you will find a number of videos showing Grey Walter’s work.