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JRM Vol.25 No.3 pp. 521-528
doi: 10.20965/jrm.2013.p0521
(2013)

Paper:

An Approach to Rescue Robot Workshops for Kindergarten and Primary School Children

Kazuo Kawada*, Masayasu Nagamatsu*, and Toru Yamamoto**

*Graduate School of Education, Hiroshima University, 1-1-1 Kagamiyama, Higashi-Hiroshima, Hiroshima 739-8524, Japan

**Graduate School of Engineering, Hiroshima University, 1-4-1 Kagamiyama, Higashi-Hiroshima, Hiroshima 739-8527, Japan

Received:
October 19, 2012
Accepted:
April 21, 2013
Published:
June 20, 2013
Keywords:
workshop, technology education, rescue robot, kindergarten children, primary school children
Abstract

This paper describes a framework for “Robo-iku” (education facilitated by robots) at the kindergarten and primary school levels. We believe the concept of “Robo-iku” can help to give a unified approach to the problem of the avoidance of science and technology learning. It can also provide young children with opportunities to develop various skills, such as cooperative skills and/or skills to help them relate well to others. We detail the practical experience of a “monotsukuri” workshop for primary school children, a workshop on designing and building rescue robots. A working definition of “Robo-iku” is provided. The results of the workshop imply that the concept of Robo-iku needs to be further investigated.

Cite this article as:
K. Kawada, M. Nagamatsu, and T. Yamamoto, “An Approach to Rescue Robot Workshops for Kindergarten and Primary School Children,” J. Robot. Mechatron., Vol.25, No.3, pp. 521-528, 2013.
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