Performance Robots

AET 339 / ES 377 / TD 354

Monday/ Wednesday 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Instructors: Karen Maness & J. E. Johnson

UT students enrolled in Performance Robots will collaborate with an elementary school classroom to design robots that can be controlled remotely via the internet. Using a STEAM-centered lesson plan provided to the teacher, the students (ideally 2nd, 3rd, or 4th grade) will create initial drawings and stories. At key points in the semester, UT students will build real robots based on their designs and work with the students to refine controllability and expressiveness. A final performance will be streamed on the web in the first week of December 2020. This course intends to build connections between UT and the Austin community while also providing an opportunity to demonstrate a successful model of virtual collaboration to build hands-on, IoT (internet of things) connected projects based in the practice of artistic expression, design, and storytelling.