Online Simulation in Robotic Education
DescriptionThe Virtual Cozmo project is focused on developing an online simulator for the Anki Cozmo robot which will help introduce students to programming and robotics field in general. The simulator consists of a drag-and-drop canvas where students can select commands and build an algorithm based on selected commands, an area that contains the equivalent python code based on the algorithm in the canvas, and an area for simulation. In this study, we will investigate the impact of using an online simulator on students getting introduced to robotics, users who do not have access to the actual robots, and users who need a faster way of developing programs to run on the Cozmo robots. While studies in the past have studied the impact of simulation in teaching robotics, the goal of this project is to expand on those studies by testing for the impact of web-based simulation on teaching robotics to beginners.