Preschool activity teaches children to program a robot

March 12, 2015 1:29 PM

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Designed by researchers at the MIT Media Laboratory, the activity works as follows: children, ages 4 to 8, build templates using square, triangle and arrow stickers. They then fill in these templates with symbols for stimuli (thumbs up or thumbs down) and responses (facial expressions).

In the future, the robot will be designed to recognize the sticker sequences via camera, but for now, the program codes are entered manually by researchers via a tablet computer.

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