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The research component seeks to investigate children’s understanding of and learning from educational robots. Robots will increasingly be a part of children's learning environments, yet it is unknown whether children will treat robots as credible sources of knowledge. During this last year, as specified in the UGP Mentored grant proposal, my research lab has focused on conducting research that will directly inform and bolster the proposed research. I conducted a study with a human in place of a robot in order to establish (1) a baseline for comparison when we replicate with the robot and (2) a track-record of conducting research with this methodology. In addition, I am currently conducting a study with a robot which (1) involved considerable robot programming and (2) will allow to include pilot data in a forthcoming grant proposal. I anticipated making more progress on the pilot work during this period, however the robot programming was considerably more challenging and consequently delayed progress on this aspect of the work.


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