RoboCupJunior: A Vehicle for Enhancing Technical Literacy

Elizabeth Sklar and Simon Parsons

This paper outlines the key components of technical literacy, explaining their relationship to classic computer science and artificial intelligence curriculum. We then describe an international educational initiative called RoboCupJunior and outline related work examining the (human) learning aspects of educational team robotics. Through examples, we show how the RoboCupJunior paradigm has been used successfully as a hands-on tool for teaching computer science and AI courses, and finally bridge the gap from these classic topics to "technical literacy", exploring the use of RoboCupJunior as a vehicle for promoting comfort with and understanding of technology.

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