We have incorporated robots into the introductory undergraduate physics laboratory to introduce a creative component and to show some applications of physics principles in a way that strongly engages student interest. We have developed low-cost mobile platforms and navigation methods suitable for large numbers of introductory level students. Radio remote control was the dominant navigation method implemented in the classroom, but autonomous navigation was also achieved. We discuss robot construction, the organization of the lab, student reactions, and our experiences in sustaining the program. (c) 2008 American Association of Physics Teachers.
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