ApplicationNo. 05/829933 filed on 09/01/1977
US Classes:434/259, Associating dissimilar objects with apertures or pegs having matching size, shape, or color434/307R, CATHODE RAY SCREEN DISPLAY AND AUDIO MEANS434/332, Reward dispensed for correct answer434/362Electrical means for recording examinee's response
ExaminersPrimary: Hum, Vance Y.
Attorney, Agent or Firm
International ClassesG09B 5/06 (20060101)
G09B 1/10 (20060101)
G09B 7/00 (20060101)
G09B 7/06 (20060101)
G09B 1/00 (20060101)
G09B 5/00 (20060101)
AbstractAn educational apparatus for automatically instructing a student to perform selected tasks, monitoring the student's action to determine if the tasks are performed in accordance with the instructions and providing audio, visual or physical reinforcement rewards upon the successful completion of the tasks is disclosed. The educational apparatus includes a carrel or booth having a horizontal work surface within which a plurality of holes are formed. In one embodiment, coded pegs having visual or tactile symbols located on one end and a machine readable code, peripherally located, near the other end are provided for insertion into the holes. In this embodiment sensing arrangements mounted in the peg holes read the machine readable code and control electrical signals in accordance therewith. The resultant information denotes the nature and orientation of inserted pegs. A CPU, programmed when peg insertion instructions are given, compares the peg orientation information with the program information. The comparison determines whether or not the peg insertion instructions have been followed. When all instructions have been correctly carried out, the CPU causes a designated reinforcement reward to be produced and the pegs to be ejected. In alternate embodiments, the holes are of different size or shape and objects are either inserted into the holes, or drop through the holes. In these embodiments the insertion or passage of the objects is sensed and the sensed information applied to the CPU for comparison with the program instructions. In all embodiments, failure to complete a selected number of tasks within a predetermined period of time causes an instructor alert indication to be produced.