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Educational Robotics for STEM

Objective

Many children lose their natural curiosity for how things function and interrelate to each other along the way into their lives as young adults. The Educational Robotics for STEM (ER4STEM) project aims to turn curious young children into young adults passionate about science and technology with a hands-on use case: robotics. The domain of robotics represents a multidisciplinary and highly innovative field encompassing physics, maths, informatics and even industrial design as well as social sciences. Moreover, due to various application domains, teamwork, creativity and entrepreneurial skills are required for the design, programming and innovative exploitation of robots and robotic services. Children are fascinated by such autonomous machines. This fascination and the variety of fields and topics covered make robotics a powerful idea to engage with. Young girls as well as boys can easily connect robots to their personal interests and share their ideas through these tangible artefacts.
ER4STEM will refine, unify and enhance current European approaches to STEM education through robotics in one open operational and conceptual framework. The concept is founded on three important pillars of constructionism: 1. engaging with powerful ideas, 2. building on personal interests, and 3. learning through making (or presenting ideas with tangible artefacts). The ER4STEM framework will coherently offer students aged 7 to 18 as well as their educators different perspectives and approaches to find their interests and strengths in robotics to pursue STEM careers through robotics and semi-autonomous smart devices. At the same time students will learn about technology (e.g. circuits), about a domain (e.g. math) and acquire skills (e.g. collaborating, coding). Innovative approaches will be developed to achieve an integrated and consistent concept that picks children up at different ages, beginning in primary school and accompany them until graduation from secondary school.

Field of science

  • /social sciences
  • /engineering and technology/electrical engineering, electronic engineering, information engineering/electronic engineering/robotics

Call for proposal

H2020-SEAC-2014-1
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Funding Scheme

RIA - Research and Innovation action

Coordinator

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET WIEN
Address
Karlsplatz 13
1040 Wien
Austria
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 497 126

Participants (6)

FONDATSIYA EVROPREYSKI SOFTUEREN INSTITUT - TSENTAR IZTOCHNA EVROPA
Bulgaria
EU contribution
€ 223 300
Address
Mladost 4 Business Park Sofia Building 11 B Floor 1
1766 Sofia
Activity type
Research Organisations
PRACTICAL ROBOTICS INSTITUTE AUSTRIA (PRIA) ZUR FORDERUNG DES WISSENSCHAFTLICH-TECHNISCHEM NACHWUCHSES UBER ROBOTIK IN OSTERREICH
Austria
EU contribution
€ 234 561
Address
Wexstrasse 19-23
1200 Wien
Activity type
Research Organisations
ETHNIKO KAI KAPODISTRIAKO PANEPISTIMIO ATHINON
Greece
EU contribution
€ 198 442,50
Address
6 Christou Lada Str
10561 Athina
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
ACROSSLIMITS LTD
Malta
EU contribution
€ 213 413,75
Address
Hilltop Gardens, Triq L-inkwina
NXR 2641 Naxxar
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
CARDIFF UNIVERSITY
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 219 731
Address
Newport Road 30-36
CF24 ODE Cardiff
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
CERTICON A.S
Czechia
EU contribution
€ 44 037,50
Address
Evropska 2758/11 Dejvice
160 00 Praha 6
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)