1st World conference on Integrated STEaM Education through Robotics (WISER)

May 16, 2014

Lawrence Technological University, Southfield, Michigan
Room M218, Buell Management Building


A conference to share experiences/knowledge and exchange ideas in Robotics education for the effective STEaM learning environment. In addition we discussed/researched how to advance robotics education and educational robotics ultimately for humanity through the STEaM learning paradigm.

Accepted Presentations and Papers

Author(s) Title Abstract Paper / Presentation Link(s) Presentation Time
Welcome by Dr. Hsiao-Ping Moore, Dean of Arts and Sciences, LTU
Plenary Talk: Mr. Michael Dobbyn, Hamtramck schools 
DaeWon Lee Comparison of Four Robot Competitions The author has participated in four different robot competitions, FLL, IRO, WRO, and Robofest multiple times as a team coach. This article compares the four robotic competitions. PDF Article 1:10pm
SangHun OH, SungKu CHO, BaekWoon YU, JiHyun PARK Intuitive Vision Robot Kit For Efficient Education Lux Educational Robot is designed for teaching image processing, sensor and motor control, and firmware and software programming. The robot has cameras for image processing, 3 large DC motors, and can control up to 255 different components including sensors, submotors, and small DC motors.

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JunHo Lee, Youkyung Oh, Minho Lee, Kyubong, Lee   Motor PID controller This presentation is about how we can control the velocity of PID and get related simulation result from proper application of the way we control PID.  PDF Slides 1:40pm
Emma Alaba Site Host and Team Coach Do's and Don'ts
Many valuable lessons are learned from being a robotics competition site host and team coach. The mistakes are many but the successes are more. The best way to maximize the robotics experience is by sharing what you have learned. The do’s and don’ts will help with the management of the competition, volunteers, and teams. As a site host you will wear many hats such as manager, organizer, volunteer and coach; whatever it takes to ensure the event runs smoothly, orderly and on time. By sharing the pitfalls, challenges and the many successes of the students the STEM adventure will continue and reach more students. 
PDF Slides 2:00pm
José Antonio Romero Pliego How STEM and Science Divulgation Contribute to build a "Cool School" This paper shows results of a qualitative evaluation of how Science Divulgation and applying STEM principles to education, touched some Mexican youngsters' academic lives. PDF slides 2:20pm
10 Minute Break

Parvathi Ram, Shivadharshne Ashokkumar, Ishaa Mane, and Nila Sekar

Robot Control using Animation and Bluetooth Wireless control of robots is becoming popular and so are mobile handsets. In this paper we describe the control of a robot using an Android mobile. We use Bluetooth as the wireless interface between the mobile and the robot. An android application serves as the graphical user interface for the application. Different user inputs are possible in the mobile application. We explain the use of animation to represent the actions of the robot. The commands given by the user in the animation file are analysed by a command-analyser and granular tasks are then transmitted to the robot by a communication module. This communication module is hosted in an android mobile. The robot includes an interpreter which will convert the commands from the mobile into motor controls. This is in addition to a manual mode where we enter commands. We use animation to input the actions to be performed by the robot. We demonstrate our ideas using a prototype, which is built using open source animation software, an android mobile and a Robot Control Board with ATMega16. Problems faced by us are described and future work is outlined.

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Pieter Pretorius(*)

(Trophy Robotics)

Educational Robotics in South Africa

Robotics education in South Africa has been limited mainly to LEGO Robotics during the past 12-14 years. While we are only now really starting to make a difference, the involvement or lack thereof from the side of higher educational institutions and different governmental departments is still a huge constraint in our drive to really getting robotics off the ground. Furthermore, parent and teachers alike are very ignorant concerning robotics and most of them do not have any basic knowledge of the subject. It is therefore left up to small businesses like Trophy Robotics to setting up clubs and competitions like FIRST LEGO League and to educate parents and teachers and even some government officials the Robotics Olympiad and now also Robofest to create awareness in this regard. With the support of our primary FLL sponsor (SAP), the growth of robotics has improved dramatically over the past 3-4 years. Their sponsorship has placed much needed equipment in the hands of teachers and students in a great many government schools. While private schools can afford to buy this equipment, public schools are not in the same position and are therefore relying on donations and sponsorships from big companies, and interested Science Centres and universities to help them. However, robotics in South Africa is growing at a steady pace and we expect this tendency to continue and may even pick up the pace over the next few years. PDF Slides 3:10pm
CJ Chung Fostering Creativity through Global Robotics Art Festival (GRAF) A robotics art festival integrating robotics and arts was launched in 2013 to especially foster creativity. Pre-college students entered 13 interactive robotics projects in visual arts and performing arts categories. Student survey results show that integrating arts with robotics was an effective hands-on paradigm that even brings beauty, joy, fun, and creativity while learning STEM subjects and computing. PDF Slides 3:30pm
Charles Liu Experiments with Ultrasonic Sensors In many Robofest categories, it is necessary to use ultrasonic sensors to complete the mission (game, RoboSumo, exhibition). However, the ultrasonic sensors' behavior is sometimes erratic, unpredictable, and hard to understand. To help other robot teams deal with some of these issues, I am going to conduct experiments with three different ultrasonic sensors (original NXT sensor, EV3 sensor, and mindsensors.com DX sensor) in various situations and environments. I will record the test data and draw conclusions about the behavior of the sensors. 

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(*) presented by Leander Jacobs 

Program Committee

CJ Chung, General Chair
Mike Dobbyn, Program Chair
Kathleen Hadley
Marilyn Wiseman