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Educational robotics session


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Educational Robotics session

As part of work prepared for inclusive education training in Cartagena, Colombia.

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Educational robotics session

  1. 1. Educational Robotics for People with Disabilities By KarelVan Isacker
  2. 2. Robotic Mediated Learning  Robots can provide a powerful alternative learning method for students with learning disabilities.  Utilising the multiple sensor arrays available in modern robots, they can be programmed to interact with students in specific ways to encourage and engage them in learning activities.  Certain students may find robots easier to engage with and less threatening than human trainers.  Robots can play a key role in enhancing the informal learning most children naturally develop as they play.
  3. 3. Special Needs Education  Special needs education  the practice of educating students with intellectual disabilities in a way that addresses their individual differences and needs.  involves the individually planned and systematically monitored arrangement of teaching procedures.  equipment and materials design adapt to help learners with special needs achieve a higher level of personal self-sufficiency and success in school and the community.
  4. 4. Programmable Robot Kits for Education
  5. 5. Teaching STEM with Robotics  Offering meaningful and motivating contexts, such as robotics, within science, technology, engineering and math courses constitutes a compelling strategy to enhance science and math learning for all students.  Science challenges e.g. collecting data with robot sensors on the ambient light in a room;  Technology challenges e.g. programming a robot to escape a cardboard city;  Engineering challenges e.g. constructing a robot to move without wheels;  Mathematical challenges e.g. measuring wheel circumferences and working out distances the robot will travel.
  6. 6. Individualised Education Plan Educational Robotics for People with Learning Disabilities (543577-LLP-1- 2013-1-UK-KA3-KA3MP) -  Individual Education Plans include a child’s  classification, placement, services (such as a one-on-one aid and therapies), academic and behavioural goals, percentage of time in regular education and progress reports from teachers and therapists.  These plans are tailored specifically to the child’s special needs – not to the needs of the teacher, school or district.  Software was developed to allow a set of adaptable learning tools, working with a number of different types of robots to allow educators to tailor learning for a student’s Individual Education Plan. 11-9-2018
  7. 7. Outcomes Downloads available at html  An educational robotics pedagogic framework  Learning with robotics curriculum and learning scenarios  Customised interfaces for robotic driven interaction  Learning with robotics case studies and case study analyses 11-9-2018
  8. 8. ReasonsToTeach Robotics In Schools  An Introduction to Programming  Learning to program a computer is an excellent skill to have to make students more likely to get a job in the future, and earn more money in their lifetime.  Increases Creativity  Robotics is a production-based learning module. Students have the opportunity to create something tangible and make it perform the actions that they program it to do.  Prepare them for the future  Jobs in the STEM field are the fastest growing careers, and are projected to grow exponentially. E.g. the drone industry.  Teaching Children How toTurn Frustration into Innovation  Learning how to build and program a robot can be a complex and difficult process. Robotics in schools can help students turn their frustration into creativity and innovation.  Promoting Inclusivity  Robotics is a field that is easily accessible to a wide range of students with varying talents and skills.  Studies have shown robots do a great job of engaging students on the autism spectrum.  Robotics is also a field that has the ability to empower young girls in the classroom.
  9. 9. Taking It A Step Further: Programming And Robotics Building For Children - PROBOBUILD Using Open Source technology and hardware, the price of applying this course will be minimal, while the benefits will be plentiful.  Science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) education won’t realise its full potential unless we address issues of resources, equity, and teacher professional learning.  This projects aims at addressing these 3 elements by  training teachers how to introduce future life skills (3D printing as an integral part of daily life, e.g. fixing coffee machine component with 3D printed component) into mainstream education  through an innovative modular yet condense training course that will allow teachers to apply them in their STEM (Science,Technology, Engineering en Mathematics) courses where suitable.  Children will as such be prepared for the core 3D aspects that will be crucial in their future jobs:  Programming,  3D design  3D scanning  3D printing,  Basics of developing an own robot.
  10. 10. Envisaged modules  Algorithms and Programming: Scratch (It has language version)  Programming a robot: Makeblock Mbot educational-robot-kit (is compatible with Scratch).We will use Scratch for programming robot, it can be programmed by national language versions of scratch  3D Design: Fusion 360.We will teach design based on robotics (gears, wheels, base for the robots, etc).  3D Scanning (for teachers to support the pupils with their 3D design activities).We will use free/open source software for scanning, e.g. Ciclop 3D Scanner (,  3D Print:We will use Prusa i3 printer  Design my own robot:After we finish the cycle we will add 2-3 project based robots (like instructions)
  11. 11. Goals  Pupils  Future Life skills (3D printing as an integral part of daily life, e.g. fixing coffee machine component with 3D printed component, internet of things with connected devices; coping with and understanding new environments)  Technical, analytical and logical skills and practice  Teachers  Prepare willingness to embed 3D printing in a wider variety of educational activities.  Motivation to mainstream 3D printing practices.
  12. 12. Envisaged material  Train the trainer handbook for teachers, including specific training for 3D scanning  Training curriculum and course material for pupils “early childhood discovery programs”  Online training platform with interactive videos/animated instructions viaVideo Scribe
  13. 13. What is needed?  Train teachers who can bring robotics directly to classrooms.  Teachers need to be confident with using the technology, know the content they want to teach, and the pedagogical strategies needed to teach the content with the technology.  Make it affordable.
  14. 14. Contact details  KarelVan Isacker   +32 496 334056 Amersveldestraat 189 8610 Kortemark Belgium