A robotic assistant to support the social and cognitive development of children from low-income families

A. Parra-Astudillo, V. Robles-Bykbaev, M. Barros-Ponton, Y. Robles-Bykbaev, F. Pesantez-Aviles, F. Lopez-Sojos, L. Calle-Arevalo

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Abstract

According to latest estimates of the UNESCO, 38% of children leave primary school without learning how to read, write and do simple arithmetic operations. In the same way, approximately 124 million children and adolescents are denied opportunities to enter and complete school. In light of the above, in this paper, we present a robotic assistant aimed at supporting the development of social and cognitive skills in children of low-income families. This robotic assistant is part of the educational program Sciences classroom for children that is aimed at providing an educational and fun space where children can learn several concepts organized in 5 interactive ludic micro-worlds: electricity, magnetism, digital electronic, ecology, and robotic. To determine the real feasibility of the robotic assistant, we have conducted a pilot experiment with 68 children of low-income families, and the results achieved shows high levels of acceptation by children.

Original languageEnglish
DOIs
StatePublished - 20 Feb 2019
Event2018 IEEE Biennial Congress of Argentina, ARGENCON 2018 - San Miguel de Tucuman, Argentina
Duration: 6 Jun 20188 Jun 2018

Conference

Conference2018 IEEE Biennial Congress of Argentina, ARGENCON 2018
Abbreviated titleARGENCON 2018
Country/TerritoryArgentina
CitySan Miguel de Tucuman
Period6/06/188/06/18

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