Robots are designed with the objective of helping students to explore theories of the mind, to raise philosophical questions and to consider the nature of personhood.
The Mind Project offers two routes to learning about what goes into creating a robot includings, robot design, AI programming, and the software & hardware componants. These two routes are the Virtual Robotics Lab and the Physical Robot Lab.
In the Virtual Robotics Lab students can build a virtual version of the Iris.4 robot. Here students learn about the hardware and the software elements that constitute Iris.4.
In the Physical Robot Lab you have the opportunity to build your own real-life physical version of the Iris 4 robot. All of the parts are readily available and the software is free. The Physical Robot lab, however, is broken into two sequences. First you will recieve the Iris 1 Robot which consists of just the gripper arm, and the software to program it. After the first part of the lab, you may also revieve a kit to build the complete Iris 4 mobile robot. If you are interested in recieveing the full robot kit immediately please contact us.
Iris.1 Design Blueprints
Contructed Robot Gripper Arm
Iris 1 activities include
- Tic Tac Toe
- Block excercises
Interested in your own Iris.4 Mobile Robotics Kit? Consider piloting our Iris.4 Physical Robot lab in your classroom.
You now have the opportunity to build your own real-life physical Iris.1 & Iris.4 Mobile Robots. All of the parts are readily available and the software is free. You can build your own for FREE, or you can submit a proposal to make improvements on The Mind Project's versions of the Iris robot. If you have any questions at all about how we might help you in the classroom or how you might help us in achieving our goals, please contact us at our "teacher support" email address.