Non-Degree / Dates: 20-24 July 2020

Educational robotics is a promising tool for bringing excitement, motivation and growth of mathematics and other STEAM skills into the classroom. However, a teacher needs solid proof that using educational robots in the classroom would improve students’ skills or that they would at least work as motivational tools. For this reason, the course covers at least 5 different age appropriate educational robotics platforms in a practical hands-on-workshops format.

No previous knowledge of robotics nor programming is needed to take part in the course. The crash course for programming the robots is included in the introductory part. Take a look at the trailer: https://youtu.be/yuipBBSamzo and a video from the same course during Summer School 2019: https://www.facebook.com/TUedusciences/videos/1103471766505229/

Take a look at example robotics worksheets:
LEGO WeDo 2.0 https://ggbm.at/te3xMzdk
Edison V2.0 https://ggbm.at/VysRxn2u

Robomath and the aim of  implementing STEM and STEAM innovations and skills into classrooms is one of the focus areas of our brand new EDULAB, which aims to co-create educational innovations with Estonian schools. Read about what goes on in EDULAB here: https://edulabs.ee/english/

Why this online course?

  • Get to know the latest pedagogical trends that make use of technology enhanced learning.

  • Get hands-on experience on how to support computational thinking by using educational robots.

  • Find out how to design robot-supported learning environments, using a research-based framework.

Teacher(s)

Janika Leoste is an analyst in the Center of Excellence in Educational Innovation and a PhD student. As a robotics teacher-trainer for the last four years, Janika has been educating thousands of teachers about more than ten educational robotics platforms. In a experimental study lasting one school-year with more than 2000 students, she investigates, how educational robotics can be implemented in math lessons, and what are the teachers’ and students’ attitudes towards educational robotics as a learning tool.

Maire Tuul is a lecturer of Mathematics and Didactics of Mathematics in Tallinn University. Her main fields of research are renewed learning environment and application of curriculum in pre-school child care institutions. For Maire it is important that future teachers would recognize the potential of robotics for bringing diversity to the learning process and that they could expediently use modern technical means. She received her PhD in Educational Sciences from Tallinn University.

Tiia Õun is an Associate Professor at Tallinn University School of Educational Sciences and Acting Director of the School of Educational Sciences. She received her PhD in Educational Sciences from Tallinn University.

The course is organised together with teachers from Universidad Rey Juan Carlos (URJC), including Luis Pastor, School of Computer Science & Engineering.
The URJC is a multidisciplinary higher education institution created in 1996 as the 6th public university in Madrid. Even though it is very young, it has relevant achievements both from the academic and research points of view. The group collaborating with TLU is composed of faculty and officials from the Schools of Computer Science & Engineering and the School of Social Sciences (Education area). The group’s background is essentially multidisciplinary, having worked in different application domains such as Medicine or Education. Past activity includes subjects such as technology based education and training using virtual reality, haptics, mechatronics and robotics.

Timetable

Real time video lectures in Zoom (Ensure you have a stable and reliable internet connection). In addition, Google Drive ja h5p.org are also used.

NB! You will need a tablet for controlling the robots and a laptop with microphone and camera in order to take part in the course. Also, you need a bit space on the floor for moving the robots and some basic handicraft tools (paper, glue, scissors, magazine cutouts) for creating playful environments for the robots.

Time Zone:  UTC/GMT +3 hours (Check the time difference to your location)

10:00-11:30 Study activities
11:30-11:45 Break
11:45-13:15 Study activities

Please see also the full programme. Please note that the programme is subject to slight changes.

Participants

Active preschool or primary education teachers or BA or MA students in various fields in education or anyone interested in robotics in preschool or primary education. The course is limited to 30 participants

Credit points

Students who are present the whole course period and successfully complete their assignments to the leading lecturer by the date to be determine will be granted 2 ECTS.

Course fee

400 EUR

NB! The price includes also a set of robots that will be delivered to the participants. The price does not include the sending costs, as that depends on the country.