Using robots to raise interest in technology among underrepresented groups

Kelly Cannon, Monica Andreson Lapoint, Nathaniel Bird, Katherine Panciera, Harini Veeraraghavan, Nikolaos Papanikolopoulos, Maria Gini

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A week-long technology day camp have been designed and hosted by the Center for Distributed Robotics at the University of Minnesota with the help of the Digital Technology Center and the National Science Foundation. This camp emphasizes robotics for youth in grades five through eight which focuses on four specific areas. These are: 1) to give the opportunities available for students in technology-based fields and the university experience; 2) to provide students a gentle introduction to hardware; 3) to give students the basics of software; and finally, 4) to promote their self-esteem in the area of technology.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)73-81
Number of pages9
JournalIEEE Robotics and Automation Magazine
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2007

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We would to athank the anonymous reviewers for their useful and constructive comments. This work was published in part in the Proceedings of the IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation and has been supported by the NSF through grant Nos. CNS-0224363, IIS-0219863, CNS-0324864, IIP-0443945, and CNS-0420836. Kelly Cannon has been supported partially by an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship.


  • Computer science education
  • Middle grades education
  • Minorities in computer science
  • Robotics
  • Women in computer science


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