Social Robots: How Becoming an Active User Impacts Students’ Perceptions

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Amy Eguchi

It is anticipated that in the near future, social robots will become integrated into schools as part of educational learning technologies. Recent studies have focused both on Child-Robot Interactions (CRI) in educational settings and how children have become “consumers” in CRI. This paper presents a study focusing on children’s experience as active users of a social robot through its use in a robotics competition where they program and/or develop software used to control their social robots. The study examines the impact working with humanoid social robots had on teams of students participating in the World Robot Summit 2020 hosted by the Japan Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry (METI) and the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO).