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Two smiling schoolgirls and a teacher at the table. The table has two screens and one robot with wheels.


According to the RakasRiksu 2035 strategy of the city of Riihimäki, Riihimäki is the internationally known capital of robotics and the home of future makers.

In Riihimäki, learning robotics starts already in early childhood education and continues until high school. During the studies, future skills and understanding, application and innovation of technology are strengthened.

When children and youth work with robotics, they learn problem solving, creativity, innovation, collaboration skills, programming, mechanics, construction, design and documentation.

The goals of Riihimäki's robotics education are defined in the pre-primary and basic curricula and in the early childhood education plan.

Early childhood education - getting to know robotics while playing

In early childhood education and preschool, all children get to know robotics by playing, exploring and experimenting. They get to wonder, realize and learn new things through various problem-solving and research tasks.

Children also learn the basics of programming and mechanics in a way that suits their age level. Early childhood robotics emphasizes the joy of learning and understanding.

Basic education - robotics as part of the subjects

In basic education, robotics studies are part of several subjects, and robotics is also introduced in broad-based study units.

In basic education, the study of robotics and examples are taken into the students' everyday world of experience. They learn that the operation of technology and its possibilities are based on decisions and choices made by humans.

Students' ways of thinking and working develop when they are encouraged to be creative, think critically, solve problems and set goals. Studying is mainly teamwork, where cooperation and interaction skills are important. Digital skills are also learned with the help of robotics.

  • Robotics is learned in every grade of basic education in several subjects, such as mathematics, crafts, physics and environmental studies.
  • In the fifth and sixth grades, robotics can also be studied as an elective subject as part of crafts.
  • In the eighth and ninth grade of upper secondary school, a student can study robotics as an elective for two hours a week, in which case he will receive a grade for his robotics studies on his final certificate.
  • Elementary school students can participate in voluntary robotics clubs organized after the school day.

Riihimäki high school - robotics in a practical way

Riihimäki general upper secondary school is a robotics-focused educational institution and the importance of robotics as a part of society is emphasized in high school studies.

In high school robotics, we learn about creative product design. The courses are mainly implemented as project studies, where students define a problem and look for a solution as a group.

When studying robotics, the connection of intelligent systems to everyday life and applications is taken into account. As part of the studies, you will also get to know mathematical algorithms and their applications in, for example, welfare, service and office robotics.

  • High school students familiarize themselves with the ethics and philosophy of robotics and technology.
  • The robotics and contemporary art section, on the other hand, introduces the possibilities of robotics and virtual environments as a means of expression.
  • Robotics studies strengthen the student's mathematical and natural science skills and enable the use of theoretical knowledge as part of the creative product design process.
  • In high school robotics studies, students get to know the technology solutions of business life and different service sectors.
  • Riihimäki high school has its own robotics learning environment.
  • It is possible to identify and recognize robotics skills acquired in high school courses as part of higher education studies at Häme University of Applied Sciences.