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  Act, Dance, Sing, and Learn with Social Robots: Child-Robot Musical Theater for Informal STEAM Education  

With innovations in artificial intelligence and machine learning, interactive social robots are increasingly entering into our everyday lives, even for children. Can we use social robots to promote children's interest in important yet challenging topics? The Virginia tech Cognitive Developmental Science (CoDeS) Lab designed a child-robot musical theater afterschool program, connecting interactive robots and theater arts to spark children's interest and curiosity in STEAM and social robots. This program aims to help children learn the fundamentals of social robots while exercising creativity and having fun in an informal learning environment. Along with this program, the CoDeS Lab conducted a research study on how children think about the program, robots, and STEAM. Dr. Koeun Choi will present the findings from this transdisciplinary collaborative project and discuss implications for children's learning with interactive technology and future directions.

Koeun Choi is an assistant professor in the Department of Human Development and Family Science at Virginia Tech. She directs the Cognitive Developmental Science (CoDeS) Lab, where she and her research team study the role of technology in young children's cognitive development to better understand and support learning in early childhood. Choi's research examines how technology (such as TV, touchscreens, and social robots) impacts children's attention and learning and the extent to which its impact is influenced by family processes and social contexts.

The Virginia Tech Center for Humanities presents a series of talks with faculty research associates who will discuss their work. There will be a brief Q and A with viewers following the presentation. This talk is free and open to the public and we invite anyone to attend. The livestream will be archived on the Center for Humanities YouTube channel. If you are an individual with a disability and desire an accommodation, please contact the Center for Humanities at 540.231.1981 or email at least 10 business days prior to the event.
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Location: Virtual
Price: Free
Sponsor: Center for Humanities
Contact: Dominique Francesca
(540) 231-1981
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