Teaching with robots
Educational Robotics is an integrated system making use of Robotics as a method to increase the quality of scientific and technical education in public school. Robots have become a popular educational tool in some secondary and high schools, as well as in numerous youth summer camps, raising interest in programming, artificial intelligence and robotics among students.
Robotics is particularly appropriate for teaching science, math and technology, but it has also many connections with other school subjects such as literature, arts, theatre. Educational Robotics is a strategic method to develop a problem-solving attitude, foster a trans-disciplinary approach and encourage team work. In addition, Robotics is extremely motivating: learning with robots increase children engagement, and a student-centred learning approach.
The BioRobotics Institute promotes Educational Robotics programs to educate young people in deploying and using robotic technologies with strong collaborations and synergies between municipalities, university, schools, enterprises, citizens, investors, stakeholders. The Institute has set up a local Educational Laboratory on Robotics developing new tools that enable primary, secondary and high school students to expand upon their interest in robots.
Further reading: Collaborations with Schools (in Italian)
Publications & Conferences:
- L. Sebastiani, A. Francini, E. Buselli, A. Minnocci, F. Cecchi, F. Ugolini, L. Massetti, M. Lanini, L. Pellegrino, G. Rossini, C. Screti, G. Tagliaferri, M. Macario, L. Palazzeschi, A. Di Fabio, A. Raschi “Acariss project: a two years experiences of IBL method for Science teaching in secondary schools” Workshop Science Education and Guidance in Schools: The Way Forward, Firenze, Italy, October 21st-22nd 2013.
- E. Buselli, F. Cecchi and L. Sebastiani “Inquiry approach in robotics education” Workshop Science Education and Guidance in Schools: The Way Forward, Firenze, Italy, October 21st-22nd 2013.
- E. Buselli, F. Cecchi, G. Santerini, P. Salvini and P. Dario “Building a network of schools on Educational Robotics in Tuscany area”, RIE2013, 4th International Conference on Robotics in Education, Lódz, Poland, September 19th-20th 2013.
- E. Buselli, A. Francini, A. Minnocci, D. Guidotti, S.Marchi, L. Massetti, F. Ugolini, A. Raschi, L. Sebastiani “Online community for Inquiry Based Science Education: the case study of ACARISS project” WCE World Congress on Education, Londra, UK, September 2nd-4th 2013.
- E. Buselli, F. Cecchi, G. Santerini, P. Salvini, C. Laschi and P. Dario "Teaching with robots: a pilot study on educational robotics in Tuscany", GNB2012, Italian National Congress of Bioengineering, June 26th-29th 2012, Rome, Italy.
- E. Buselli, F. Cecchi, P. Dario and L. Sebastiani "Teaching Robotics through the Inquiry Based Science Education approach", TRTWR 2012, 3rd International Workshop Teaching Robotics Teaching with Robotics, Riva del Garda (TN), Italy, April 20th 2012.
- P. Salvini, G. Macrì, F. Cecchi, S. Orofino, S. Coppedè, S. Sacchini, P. Guiggi, E. Spadoni and P. Dario “Teaching with minirobots: The Local Educational Laboratory on Robotics”, AMIRE 2011, 6th International Symposium on Autonomous Minirobots for Research and Edutainment, Bielefeld (Germany), 2011.