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Co-Robotics: Robots, Drones + Humans

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Wednesday, December 2, 3:00–4:00 pm PST (Pacific Standard Time)

Lissie Fein  
Dr. Beryl Hoffman  
Dr. Florence Sullivan  
Andrew Pasquale  

Learn about GaleForce, an immersive collaborative robotics (co-robotics) 3D Unity game that we are developing as part of our NSF project Girls Immersed in Robotics Learning Simulations (GIRLS) where students program robots and drones to help a community to recover from a hurricane.

Audience: Teachers, Teacher education/higher ed faculty, Technology coordinators/facilitators
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices not needed
Participant accounts, software and other materials: None. We will bring all equipment necessary.
Topic: Computer science & computational thinking
Grade level: 6-12
Subject area: Computer science
ISTE Standards: For Educators:
  • Design authentic learning activities that align with content area standards and use digital tools and resources to maximize active, deep learning.
  • Create learning opportunities that challenge students to use a design process and computational thinking to innovate and solve problems.
For Students:
Computational Thinker
  • Students understand how automation works and use algorithmic thinking to develop a sequence of steps to create and test automated solutions.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

- Poster viewers will learn about the NSF-funded project GIRLS (Girls Immersed in Robotics Learning Simulations) and about co-robotics.
- Participants will be able to try samples of the curriculum using drones and robots.


We will present our initial co-robotics curriculum for Girls Immersed in Robotics Learning Simulations (GIRLS) and an immersive virtual game in development involving collaborative robotics (co-robotics) where students program robots and drones to help a community to recover from a hurricane.

Supporting research

Washington Post (2015). DARPA’s robotics challenge has a gender problem.

Sullivan, F.R., Keith, P.K., Söken, A., & Pham, D. (2018). Learning to think computationally: Comparative outcomes of a robotics workshop for girls. Proceedings of the International Conference on the Learning Sciences bi-annual meeting, London, UK, June 23-27, 2018.

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Lissie Fein, Holyoke Codes
Dr. Beryl Hoffman, Elms College
Dr. Florence Sullivan, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Andrew Pasquale, Holyoke Codes

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