Educational robots as promotors of cultural development

Francisco Cuéllar, Christian Peñaloza, Alexander López

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The use of robots as educational tools has demonstrated to be highly efective for attracting students to science and technology related academic fields. Although these academic fields are very important, we believe that other subjects such as language, music, arts, literature, history, etc., are also essential for future generations. For this reason, the goal of this research is to explore the potential use of robots as educational tools for non-technology related fields such as history. We discuss an alternative approach for designing robots inspired in traits and characteristics of historical figures that play an important role in the topic to be studied. We present some examples of conceptual designs of robots inspired in ancient gods of Mesoamerican and South American cultures. We discuss how some of the traits of ancient gods could serve as inspiration for the appearance design of commercial robots, and how these robots could be used in educational environments to attract the attention of students to learn about this history topic.

Original languageAmerican English
Title of host publicationHRI 2016 - 11th ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human Robot Interaction
PublisherIEEE Computer Society
Number of pages1
ISBN (Electronic)9781467383707
StateIndexed - 12 Apr 2016
Externally publishedYes
Event11th Annual ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction, HRI 2016 - Christchurch, New Zealand
Duration: 7 Mar 201610 Mar 2016

Publication series

NameACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction
ISSN (Electronic)2167-2148


Conference11th Annual ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction, HRI 2016
Country/TerritoryNew Zealand

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  • Ancient cultures
  • Education
  • History
  • Humanoids
  • Robots


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