Quantitative analysis of the effects of robots on introductory Computer Science education

@article{Fagin2002QuantitativeAO,
  title={Quantitative analysis of the effects of robots on introductory Computer Science education},
  author={Barry S. Fagin and Laurence D. Merkle},
  journal={ACM Journal of Educational Resources in Computing},
  year={2002},
  volume={2},
  pages={2}
}
We report the results of a year-long experiment in the use of robots to teach computer science. Our data set compares results from over 800 students on identical tests from both robotics and nonrobotics-based laboratory sessions. We also examine the effectiveness of robots in encouraging students to select computer science or computer engineering as a field of study. Our results are negative: test scores were lower in the robotics sections than in the nonrobotics ones, nor did the use of robots… CONTINUE READING

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