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Barobo robots teach children algebra – CES 2014

Barobo robots teach children algebra – CES 2014


BENNY BROWN: Our technology is a robotic system that we developed to help teach kids algebra. Usually, the experience in algebra is really unpleasant and seemingly pointless to kids. MICHAEL WESTON: Because of the a lot of the ways traditionally taught is sort of in a two-dimensional plane, where they’re just solving equations. BENNY BROWN: Instead of giving them pretty dry word problems, we give them a physical system where they can apply the concepts and equations they learn in algebra to a physical system that will act out the scenario. And they get to see the impact of their algebra on the physical world. MICHAEL WESTON: And to make it easier for kids, what we’ve done is that we’ve taken the actual book that students use. And it’s traditional because what it does though is it teaches skills and memorization of mathematics. What the Linkbot does is take the skills and memorization, puts it into a physical realm and then allows the child to actually think about what’s occurring in the mathematics. BENNY BROWN: We try really hard to make our system very easily usable by, not only the students, but the teachers. MICHAEL WESTON: Most other educational programs that deal with software, and the two-dimensional plane on a pad or a computer, are still doing it two dimensions and requires coding. Our software doesn’t. The teacher doesn’t have to do coding. They don’t have to do programming. And again, they don’t have to develop the lesson. Our expectation is that kids aren’t going to love algebra. Our expectation is that they will understand what algebra is all about and how it relates to their physical world.

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