Robots Make CS1 Real.

My colleague in the computer science program at Bard, Sven Anderson, is teaching our introductory computing class. The course teaches object-oriented programming using the IPRE robot platform and python. And although robots are error-prone with their noisy sensors and motors, eat batteries, and make it difficult to grade student programs, few pedagogical approaches to CS1 can provoke the following reaction:

Photo courtesy of Sven Anderson.


  1. Becky says:

    Any strong reaction is good, I guess?

  2. kjohara says:

    I think so, especially as we aren’t so concerned with teaching Labradors.

  3. Ryan says:

    A robotic demonstration of the fight or flight (or, in this case, freeze) response

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