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3rd International workshop "Teaching Robotics Teaching with Robotics" - TRTWR2012
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The 3rd International Workshop “Teaching robotics, teaching with robotics” was held in Riva del Garda (Trento), Italy, on Friday, April 20th, 2012. This workshop followed the spirit of the TERECoP project (www.terecop.eu) and continued the tradition of two previous successful workshops organised in Venice (2008) and in Darmstadt (2010). It took place concurrently with the Italian Robocup Junior national tournament and the Discovery on Film exhibition (organized by the Town Museum of Rovereto, IT).
The main theme of the workshop was "Integrating Robotics in School Curriculum". Integration of robotics in school classes is not just a matter of students?and teachers?access to robotic technologies. Technology alone cannot affect students?minds and cannot act directly on learning. Appropriate educational philosophy, curriculum, learning environment, teaching methodologies and well-trained teachers are important factors for the successful integration of robotics innovation in school classes.
The workshop included 20 oral presentations and 5 posters and concluded with a panel discussion on the development of studies and methodologies to integrate robotics in school curriculum.
The workshop was aimed to promote exchange and sharing of experiences among researchers in the field of educational robotics. Over the last years, at an international level, several efforts have been made to integrate robotics in tertiary and school education, mainly in science and technology subjects.
At tertiary level, whereas robotics is present as a regular subject, essentially in mechanical engineering and information engineering curricula, a problem is still present: how to make large classes of students to access laboratorial activities at affordable costs. For example, robots could be used as reference platforms to apply basic knowledge on computer programming and computer architecture, subjects usually taught at the first semesters of the computer engineering curricula, and therefore followed by most students of the year.
At school education level, robotics has been introduced from kindergarten to high secondary school, either as an interdisciplinary learning activity or focused on school subjects, such as Science, Maths, Informatics and Technology. Following the constructivist/constructionist paradigm, we see robotic technologies not as mere tools, but rather as technologies supporting new ways of thinking in teaching and learning. Educational robotics can actively involve students in authentic problem solving, enhance learners?research attitudes, and allow learners to carry out their own experiments and investigations. It also helps them to develop their abstract thinking and to acquire teamwork skills, independence, imagination and creativity.
Following this framework, the topics of the workshop included:
- Reporting efforts to integrate robotics in school curriculum at all levels of education
- Aims, objectives and content of a curriculum in educational robotics
- Integration of robotics as a new discipline in school curriculum
- Integration of robotics in school science/informatics/technology curricula
- Integration of robotics in other subjects and school curricula
- Evaluation criteria and tools for measuring the impact of robotics on students?learning
- Constructivism / Constructionism and robotics
- Teacher training in educational robotics
- European and International trends in educational robotics
- Laboratory Experiments for teaching robotics at all education levels
- Hardware and software of new educational Robotic kits
- Methodologies for teaching robotics
- Robotics competitions/contests and their educational impact
- Robotics through Edutainment / Museums / Personal robots and their educational value
- Roboethics - Connections between real robotics and science fiction robotics - Web-based Robotics, Simulation, remote educational robotics - Humanoid Robots and Human-Robot Interaction
deadline for submission: February 29, 2012 (extended to March 4, 2012)
review period: March 5, 2012 - March 30, 2012
Notification of acceptance: March 31, 2012
Prof. Dimitris Alimisis, School of Pedagogical & Technological Education, Greece
Researcher Michele Moro, Dipartimento di Ingegneria dell줚nformazione – Università di Padova, Italy
Name: Dr. Dimitris Alimisis
Affiliation: School of Pedagogical & Technological Education
Address: P.O. BOX 1318, Patras 26001, Greece