ILE is a robotic interactive learning environment that integrates an e-textbook, video lectures, activities, simulations, and demonstrations, classroom (non-robotic) activities, robotic activities, and homework activities, all in one. RILE incorporates all these elements and creates a Physics curriculum that can be accessed online. In essence, RILE is an Activity Based Physics curriculum that uses robotics as a teaching medium.
urrently, the RILE curriculum covers a complete middle and high school Physics curriculum. The system is set up into several modules, Mechanics, Thermal Physics, Electricity and Magnetism, and Waves and Optics, and each module is divided into several chapters. Within each chapter our program will cover multiple topics that correspond with the overall chapter. Each topic is concerned with one or more concepts, which the student masters through a series of activities that include: Reading activities, Video activities (lectures, online simulations and demonstrations), Homework activities, Quizzes, Classroom activities, and Robotic activities. To view the topics covered in the RILE Curriculum, click here.
The local edition of the RILE Platform brings the entire RILE experience to you school. In this package, students benefit from seeing the robots in real time, right in front of them, while the school enjoys complete control over their lab set-up, including scheduling, upgrading, and other features.
The remote form of the system exists in our own RILE Labs. Through this remote system, students have all the access as the local system, however, view the robots through a web portal which acts as their textbook. This is a very cost effective solution to bringing the RILE Curriculum to a select number of students, while RILE takes care of maintenance and upgrades.
he RILE Platform is a 3 tier system allows students to interact with curriculum services and the robots. At the top level, students interact with the system through a typical browser on their computer. Here, they connect to the middle tier, the RILE Server, via a local network. The RILE Server (linux based) handles all the client connections, robot connections and services (database, webcam, exc.) required by the RILE Platform. At the bottom level are the robots and other devices on the network. Each runs its own local software, but takes commands from the server. Together, these 3 tiers work together to provide an immersive experience for the user.
ool hardware and an awesome curriculum would be useless without a good way to interact with it. Through the use of the most modern web and server side technologies, we have created an inviting and friendly software interface which makes physics education fun for both students and teachers. Because of its digital nature, updates and changes can be committed instantly, and teachers will have complete control over the content they are teaching. All this functionality is wrapped in a beautiful interface that is simple and easy to use.
ultiple field studies have been performed using the RILE Systems in both middle (6-8) and high (9-12) schools. In both demonstrations, our resident physics, Chandra Prayaga, taught the class using the RILE System, and used pre/post tests to determine the effectiveness of the teaching tool. Our pilot studies showed that students were highly engaged in the learning activity on displacement, acceleration, and velocity as evidenced by the questions that were asked. Both boys and girls were interested in constructing and driving the robots along with documenting and analyzing the results they obtained. Also, students demonstrated deeper learning as shown by their comprehension of the behavior of graphs and written interpretations of the graphs. For example, when the professor drew a graph on the board that had time going backwards, the students quickly interpreted the graph and pointed out that the graph represented that the robot behavior depicted in the graph was incorrect because the time was going backwards and time travel is not possible. For more information on current RILE Labs, check out RILE In Real Life.
he teachers using the RILE system will have complete control over the entire curriculum. They can decide whether or not they wish to use RILE simply as a teaching aid along side their own curriculum or use the RILE curriculum as their own, either way teachers have complete control over RILE system. For instance, a Module/Chapter/Topic/Activity will only be accessible to the student only when the teacher assigns it and gives the students access. Even within each activity the teacher is able to control which facilities are available to students. For example, once the data is obtained from a robot, the data table is visible on the student computer, and an automated data graphing facility becomes available; however, if the teacher wants the students to graph the data manually, the teacher can disable the auto-graphing facility.