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Robotran: A Programming Environment for Novices Using LEGO Mindstorms Robots

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Robotran: A Programming Environment for Novices Using LEGO Mindstorms Robots
The LEGO Mindstorms robots provide an excellent introductory platform for students to learn computer programming. However, a major drawback is students’ lack of access to robots outside of lab. Our system includes a 2-D graphical simulator and a translator for a simple block-structured language we call Robolang that produces Lejos code. Students can program directly in either Robolang or Lejos, so the system has a longer curricular lifespan, allowing beginners to start with a simpler language and progress to a “real” language, all the while using the simulator to test their programs before downloading to a real robot. This solves the problem of students not having access to their own LEGO Mindstorms kit and enables them to complete assignments outside of lab.1
R. Mark Meyer, Debra T. Burhans
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Type Conference
Year 2007
Where FLAIRS
Authors R. Mark Meyer, Debra T. Burhans
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