Session 3: Promote highly-accesible and multidisciplinaty education programs

18th October at 15:00-16:30 and 17:00-18:30

Monica Malvezzi, Maria Pozzi, INBOTS, UNISI
Dimitris Alimisis, INBOTS, EDUMOTIVA
Camila Shirota COST, ETH
Andre Seyfarth TU Darmstadt


According to a study promoted by the World Economic Forum, 65% of children entering primary school today will ultimately end up working in completely new job types that don’t yet exist. Robotics spreading can be considered one of the driving factors of such a transformation: robots are rapidly evolving and finding new applications in domains that a few years ago were unthinkable, also outside factories, in unstructured environments requiring a close interaction with humans. It is clear that educational programs should carefully take into account this transformation and provide suitable learning tools to students.

Furthermore, robotics constitutes an interesting learning tool: students are typically enthusiastic when they are asked to work with robots, they can improve their technical and scientific background, but also their creativity, team-working and problem-solving skills. Nowadays teaching methodologies can benefit from recent educational tools, including repositories for multimedia materials (videos, e-books, etc.) organized to allow different levels of learning, ranging from the very basic concepts targeted to a broad public, to more advanced solutions for specific practical applications, up to the details of the mathematical and physical models of robots.

The main objective of this workshop is to discuss on the current needs of education programs at all educational levels, from pre-school to university, on the most suitable strategies, curricula and learning materials able to fulfill these needs and spread the knowledge of robotics at different levels in the society.

Session#1 – 18th October at 15:00-16:30

  • 15:00 – 15:30: Educational Robotics! Because robotics is about humans, not robots (Emanuele Menegatti, University of Padova)
  • 15:30 – 15:50: Emerging pedagogies in robotics education: towards a paradigm shift (Dimitris Alimisis- EDUMOTIVA)
  • 15:50 – 16:10: ANSYMB – interdisciplinary teaching for human-centered robotics (Andre Seyfarth and Christian Schumacher – TU Darmstadt)
  • 16:10 – 16:30: Open discussion Interactive presentation coordinated by Andre Seyfarth/Camila Shirota

Session#2 – 18th October 17:00-18:30

  • 17:00 – 17:30: Designing Educational Robotics Activities for All (Carina Girvan, Cardiff University)
  • 17:30  – 17:50: Design and impact of a commercial educational robotic exoskeleton (Camila Shirota – COST, ETH)
  • 17:50 – 18:10: Introduction to the MOOC on The Art of Grasping and Manipulation in Robotics (Maria Pozzi/Monica Malvezzi/Domenico Prattichizzo – INBOTS, UNISI)
  • 18:10 – 18:30Open discussion – Interactive presentation – conclusion coordinated by INBOTS WP3

Confirmed talks: Prof. Emanuele Menegatti,  Dr Carina GirvanDimitris Alimisis, André Seyfarth, Camila Shirota, Monica Malvezzi, Domenico Prattichizzo.