The VBOT system is a set of "Virtual roBOTics"
activities based in the NetLogo
and HubNet architectures. The
system and activities are designed for use by
students in middle school or early high
school. Using VBOT, each student programs his or
her own virtual robot that interacts with other
virtual robots in a shared
environment. Considerable work has been done
with robotics in constructionist learning
environments in the last twenty years; this
project builds on those findings with new insights
on the role of virtuality and collaboration in
educational robotics. The students build simple
circuits with which virtual robotic agents can
perform certain collaborative tasks (e.g., flock
together near a virtual light source).
VBOT was designed by Matthew Berland and Uri Wilensky
Berland, M. & Wilensky, U. (2005). Complex play systems --
Results from a classroom implementation of VBOT. The annual meeting of
the American Educational Research Association, Montreal, Canada, April
11 - 15, 2005.
Berland, M. & Wilensky, U. (2004). Virtual robotics in a
collaborative constructionist learning environment. In U. Wilensky
(Chair) and S. Papert (Discussant) Networking and complexifying the science classroom: Students
simulating and making sense of complex systems using the HubNet networked architecture. The annual meeting of
the American Educational Research Association, San Diego, CA, April 12 - 16, 2004.