Duckietown is a new vision for education, starting from robotics and AI
Our mission is to make the world excited about the beauty, the fun, the importance, and the challenges of robotics and AI, through learning experiences that are tangible, accessible, and inclusive.
We achieve this mission by designing robotics platforms and curricula for all levels of education and promoting their use in the world.
Robotics and AI
The beauty and the fun
AI and robotics are the most beautiful disciplines – it is mankind’s attempt at creating artificial creatures that think and act like us.
And it is fun to see robots go!
The importance and the challenges
AI and robotics will change our world. Everybody should understand the possibilities, the current status and how much is left to do.
Although we design, develop and distribute hardware, software and pedagogical materials for the Duckietown platform, this is just a means to an end: we care about the learning experience the platform enables.
We learn by handling and doing. We believe that to gain real-world competence, especially in robotics, it is necessary to be able to touch a robot.
We join the maker spirit with the academic spirit: the experiences are fun, but there is also a path of academic learning.
We engineer Duckietown to make the barrier of entry as small as possible: affordable, broadly available, with step-by-step instructions to go from zero to hero.
Additionally, we created the 501(c)(3) no-profit Duckietown Foundation US, Inc., to broadly promote access to the Duckietown platform. The Foundation organizes free educational and scientific events and activities such as the Duckietown massive open online course, classroom kit donations to underserved demographics, and the AI Driving Olympics.
We promote a broad understanding of the effects of robotics and AI in society.
While we do not advocate for everyone to become a roboticist, we believe literacy in the topics of autonomy is needed for everyone, to develop the critical thinking skills for navigating this historical phase of integration of robots in society.
Engineers are building autonomous robots, but society at large will have to decide how much and for what to use them, as the social repercussions of these decisions will be relevant for generations to come.
The Duckietown team
Address for correspondence
The Duckietown Foundation is registered as a 501(c)(3) non-profit foundation in the state of Massachusetts, USA.
Duckietown Foundation US, Inc.
6 Liberty Square
Boston, MA 02109