Integrating mathematics and educational robotics: Simple motion planning

April 2019


Ronald I. Greenberg

Loyola University Chicago

George K. Thiruvathukal

Loyola University Chicago

Sara T. Greenberg

Loyola University Chicago

This paper shows how students can be guided to integrate elementary mathematical analyses with motion planning for typical educational robots. Rather than using calculus as in comprehensive works on motion planning, we show students can achieve interesting results using just simple linear regression tools and trigonometric analyses. Experiments with one robotics platform show that use of these tools can lead to passable navigation through dead reckoning even if students have limited experience with use of sensors, programming, and mathematics.

Suggested Citation

Ronald I. Greenberg, George K. Thiruvathukal, and Sara T. Greenberg. Integrating mathematics and educational robotics: Simple motion planning. In Proceedings of the the 10th International Conference on Robotics in Education, RiE 2019, volume 1023 of Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing, pages 262–269. Springer-Verlag, 2020. Vienna, Austria.