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AERobot: an Affordable Education Robot
Harvard University

AERobot (Affordable Education Robot) is a low-cost robot designed to introduce students of all ages to the fundamentals of programming and control of robots, with the hope of inspiring them to further pursue studies in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM).  We hope that AERobot’s low cost ($10.70 including assembly) will enable more students, especially those who could not normally afford to do so, to gain hands-on experience in robotics.  In addition to robot design, we have created a software suite for the robot by modifying minibloqs, a graphical programming language, and created a 15 lesson curriculum for a student with no starting experience to learn the basics of programming flow and logic, the use of sensors and actuators, and to create robot behaviors.  The webpages, found below, describe AERobot hardware, software, and the curriculum designed for the robot.