Helping fifth and sixth graders learn math is one of the results of having Yale students program robots for social interaction.
At Yalesville School, a student entered an answer to a math problem on a computer tablet. Sitting on the table next to him was a small blue and white robot. “You rock!” the robot said, raising its arm in celebration.
The robot on the table is part of a study that students from Yale University are conducting to design a robot that helps students learn. “We’re trying to see how we can use robots to interact with people,” said graduate student Aditi Ramachandran.
Ramachandran wrote the coding and probram to operate the robot along with other students. He is a doctoral candidate in the computer science program, and has been working in the social robotics lab at Yale. According to the lab website, it “focuses on building embodied computational models of human social behavior, especially the developmental progression of early social skills”.