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Mobile Information Systems
Volume 2016, Article ID 1714350, 12 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2016/1714350
Research Article

A Mobile Application That Allows Children in the Early Childhood to Program Robots

Universidad de Costa Rica, San José, Costa Rica

Received 30 May 2016; Revised 10 October 2016; Accepted 13 October 2016

Academic Editor: Laurence T. Yang

Copyright © 2016 Kryscia Ramírez-Benavides et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Children born in the Information Age are digital natives; this characteristic should be exploited to improve the learning process through the use of technology. This paper addresses the design, construction, and evaluation process of TITIBOTS, a programming assistance tool for mobile devices that allows children in the early childhood to create programs and execute them using robots. We present the results of using TITIBOTS in different scenarios with children between 4 and 6 years old. The insight obtained in the development and evaluation of the tool could be useful when creating applications for children in the early childhood. The results were promising; children liked the application and were willing to continue using it to program robots to solve specific tasks, developing the skills of the 21st century.