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Encouraging children’s interest in science and technology,as well as increasing their technological literacy, may beregarded as one of the educational paradigms of this century. Theauthors of this paper, affiliated with the Department of ElectricalEngineering at the University of Chile, Santiago, have designedschemes to contribute to both goals and set guidelines for curricularand extracurricular school activities related to technology. Inthis context, this paper reviews their experience concerning practicalrobotics courses for children developed since 2000. More than700 children and 90 school teachers have already attended theserobotics courses, and the model is now being implemented in severalschools and institutions in Chile. The robotics courses evolvedto their present form from ideas developed during the late 1990s,mostly in the United States. Some preliminary assessment data ispresented to support this approach. Current projects are also outlined.It is believed that the authors’ experience might be of interestto engineering schools elsewhere.

Autor: Ruiz del Solar, Javier; - Avilés, Roberto; -



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