We present our approach to teaching functional programming to First Year Computer Science students at Middlesex University through projects in robotics. A holistic approach is taken to the curriculum, emphasising the connections between different subject areas. A key part of the students' learning is through practical projects that draw upon and integrate the taught material. To support these, we developed the Middlesex Robotic plaTfOrm (MIRTO), an open-source platform built using Raspberry Pi, Arduino, HUB-ee wheels and running Racket (a LISP dialect). In this paper we present the motivations for our choices and explain how a number of concepts of functional programming may be employed when programming robotic applications. We present some students' work with robotics projects: we consider the use of robotics projects to have been a success, both for their value in reinforcing students' understanding of programming concepts and for their value in motivating the students.
Teaching functional patterns through robotic applications / J. Boender, E. Currie, M. Loomes, G. Primiero, F. Raimondi. - In: ELECTRONIC PROCEEDINGS IN THEORETICAL COMPUTER SCIENCE. - ISSN 2075-2180. - 230(2016), pp. 17-29.
|Titolo:||Teaching functional patterns through robotic applications|
|Settore Scientifico Disciplinare:||Settore INF/01 - Informatica|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2016|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||http://dx.doi.org/10.4204/EPTCS.230.2|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||01 - Articolo su periodico|