Using Robotics and Engineering to Positively Affect Social and Emotional Development in Children with Autism

Research Study

Who: Children ages 7-12 who have been diagnosed with ASD and are high functioning.

What: Three 60-minute sessions in which two participants will be given an engineering challenge to design for a robotic pet dinosaur. They will use LEGOs and a variety of craft materials to build to solutions for the robot.

When: Wednesdays March 15th, 22nd, and 29th, or Fridays March 17th, 24th, and 31st. All sessions will occur from 3:00pm-4:00pm, with some flexibility in start and end time. Participants must be present for all three Wednesday or Friday sessions. Saturday sessions are also available upon request, time flexible.

Where: Tufts Center for Engineering Education and Outreach, 200 Boston Ave, Suite G810, Medford, MA, 02155

Cost: Free

Additional Information:
The objective of these sessions to test an improved programmed behavior for a robotic pet geared towards encouraging perspective taking in users. Participants will have an opportunity to engage in structured collaborative play and building.

Two students will be working with one adult facilitator. Parents are welcome to stay during the session in the waiting area outside the windowed room where the student will be working.

To sign up or to ask questions, please contact Devyn Curley at