Computer science prof gets award for robots in the classroom
The Institute for Personal Robots in Education has selected Rowan University's Dr. Jennifer Kay, an associate professor of computer science, for a $5,000 award as part of the organization's "Robots in the Classroom for Introductory Computer Science" program.
Kay, a resident of Marlton, will use the grant, in addition to Rowan funds, to buy equipment to allow her to teach the new course "Introduction to Programming Using Robots." Each student in that class will receive his or her own robot for the semester and will learn the basics of the Python programming language with robot examples. Kay also will use the grant to develop supplementary labs for regular programming courses that will allow other students to get a taste of robot programming and to work on robot programming projects with a group of students who are interested in majoring in computer science but don't have the appropriate math background.
A joint effort of the Georgia Institute of Technology and Bryn Mawr College sponsored by Microsoft Research, the Institute for Personal Robots in Education, according to the organization, applies and evaluates robots as a context for computer science education.