The project "Modelling Educational Robot" (MER) is meant to meet the needs of the 21st century digital society by incorporating programming and robotics into the school curriculum. This project not only represents a well-balanced combination of technology, teaching, and content, but it also promotes student creativity and new ways of student evaluation. By programming the robot, students will gain a deeper understanding of programming, robotics, and artificial intelligence and will be able to see how science, engineering, and math are interlinked.
Technology is critical for innovation, yet schools struggle to get students interested in this area. Teaching robotics and programming, which is closely connected to robotics, could change this. Robotics matches the new digital technologies curriculum, strongly supported by the VET schools and other European school institutions. However, not enough has been done to teach it more in-depth in schools.
There are at least five reasons to teach robotics in schools:
- students find it fun
- it is an effective way of introducing programming to students
- programming and robotics provide skills useful in future employment
- it is suitable for students with a range of abilities
- it demystifies a complex technology.
The project was funded by Erasmus + Programme, Key Action: Cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practices - Strategic Partnerships for vocational education and training. The Erasmus+ programme of the European Union provided 242,830 EUR for this project.
Solski Center Novo Mesto, Slovenia
International University of Sarajevo (IUS), Bosnia and Herzegovina
University of Ljubljana, Slovenia
ITIS Polo Tecnico Fermi-Gadda, Italy
Muratpasa Mesleki ve Teknik Anadolu Lisesi, Turkey
Asociacion De Investigacion De La Industria Del Juguete Conexas Y Afines (AIJU), Spain