653 NYU Educational Robotics Project:A Pedagogic Overview B. Mishra, M. Antoniotti, F. Hansen and R. Wallace, November 1993 The primary goal of the NYU educational robotics project (NYU-ED) is to create a disseminable, multi-functional and inexpensive laboratory course sequence, aimed at improving the practical skills of undergraduate students specializing in robotics, vision, AI and manufacturing disciplines. The earlier approaches to robotics laboratory education have been to use either industrial robot arms or commercially available low-power arms. In each case, there have been considerable problems in the lack of an ideal interface, in not providing enough flexibility to add other devices, or in the absence of adequate safety. Also, the underlying dynamical model is usually so complicated that performing any control experiment has been beyond the scope of all but advanced graduate students. In this report, we describe our approach to deal with these problems in constructing a modern robotics laboratory. The main work-horse of the NYU educational project was chosen to be a multi-functional ED I robot system, consisting of a 4 DOF DD arm and several auxiliary devices. The system was designed to be simple, inexpensive, flexible and safe. We also describe our experience with some advanced laboratory experiments using miniature direct drive robots that have proven to be ideal for teaching as they are reconfigurable, safe and easy to program.