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Empower Mats: Facilitating the participation of blind or visually impaired students in competitive robotics programs.

Empower Mats LogoPress Release.
Sunday, July 15, 2018.
For Immediate Release.

XCORP 2014 is announcing a new product line for its educational offerings: Empower Mats: Tools to empower students who are blind or visually impaired to participate in competitive robotics programs.

Robotics is a great way to introduce all youth to the principles of mechanical engineering, computer science, artificial intelligence as well as creative problem solving, collaboration, and teamwork skills. But youth with visual disabilities have been at a disadvantage because most products are designed solely with sighted youth in mind. We want to use Empower Mats to build the same skills while allowing youth with a variety of disabilities to participate in mainstream robotics

Through a grant from a national foundation, and in collaboration with The Maryland School for The Blind, TechBrick Education, LET’S GO Boys & Girls, and other national institutions, we are developing and testing surface technologies that can be applied to standard robotics competition and training mats.

These solutions will facilitate the participation of students who are blind or visually impaired who are largely excluded from these types of activities. If they do not have an opportunity to engage in STEM based programs, they will not be likely to pursue STEM careers.

Combined with development of accessible programing environments for EV3 and similar systems, we hope to facilitate the participation of students who are blind or visually impaired in FIRST LEGO League, Dash & Dot, BeeBots, SumoBots, and similar table-top robotics challenges.

The technology we are developing will provide tactile guidance to locations, paths, and have braille descriptions where necessary. The goal is to create a mat that allows the all students to participate while not interfering with the robots of other teams.

We will immediately offer a range of mats for current robotics systems including Sumo Bot, Dash & Dot, Bee Bots and others. We will also be adding a service through which FIRST LEGO League Teams can have their challenge mats adapted to the tactile technology we are developing. It is likely this technology will assist students with other disabilities and sighted students as well.

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For more information contact:

Marco Ciavolino
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