About Artbotics

In the Artbotics project, the University of Massachusetts Lowell (UML) is using project-based learning to introduce students to computing. Student projects use low-cost robotics technology for embedded control. UML undergraduates from outside the major are recruited into a new course, Artbotics, which introduces computer science using our materials in a project-based context. This community context dispels the notion of the asocial programmer, and provides positive, realistic experiences in teamwork, design, and programming.
 Students learn that computing can be used in a variety of ways as a part of many disciplines.

The goals of the program are to:

  • Increase the participation of women and minorities in computing through the use of innovative and interactive technologies

  • Broaden student understanding of the field of computing

  • Build community with mentoring opportunities for students

Artbotics is supported by the National Science Foundation (CNS-0540564 and CNS-0837739), as part of the Broadening Participation in Computing program.


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