ESSBots: A Framework for Embodying Teen Social Interaction with Robots

If you are aged 13-16, come and interact with tiny robots! Take part in some workshops in person and receive $40 (CAD) in cash or a $40 (CAD) Amazon gift card! 

Participate in a study!

A new project with robots is happening at the University of British Columbia and we’re asking you to take part in it.

The project will help us understand the ways that high school students talk with each other using technology.

Study Procedure:

We will be hosting a series of in person workshops throughout the next few months. You are encouraged to attend as many workshops as you can, but you can still participate if you can only attend one. There will be around three to seven other students like you there at the same time.

In these sessions:

    • We will give you all some tiny robots and show you what you can do with them
    • You will be asked to play around with “proxies” of the robots (i.e., small objects resembling the robots in shape and size that you move around with your hands) to communicate messages to each other, for example, an emotion like a surprise.
    • Your group will be asked questions about what you like and don’t like about the tiny robots and how you could use them with your friends.

We will videotape and audio record the group discussions so that we can remember what happened.

After the session, we will send you a survey where you can tell us any more thoughts you might have about the robots. However, if you do not have anything else to tell us, you do not need to do this survey.

Each workshop will last around 2 hours.

Workshops will occur on a monthly basis and be scheduled based on participant’s availability.


  • Students in secondary school, ages 13-16.

Location: In-person, face-to-face session at the University of British Columbia.

What will you get?

You will receive $40 (CAD) in cash or a $40 (CAD) Amazon gift card.

How to participate?

If interested, please email UBC SPIN Lab at