STEM through Robotics ”STROBOS” : PROJECT OBJECTIVES AND RESULTS:
Projects objectives are to enhance student´s science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) skills, increase European understanding, language skills, 21st century´s learning skills and social competences as well. We also want to share knowledge about participating countries school system, culture and traditions.
Project aims to find best practices using robotics in STEM education, challenge each school to develop their own integrated learning program or curriculum for STEM education linked with their national curriculum, inspire teachers to create and collect together learning materials and engage students meaningfully in STEM.
We want to help make school more more meaningful for students less interested in theoretical school subjects but also challenges the gifted ones. Robotics suits for all learners also for students with special needs. It gives girls and boys an opportunity and encouragement to study STEM subjects. It supports schools to fight against early school leaving and disadvantage as well acquisition of high quality skills and competences.
Before each meeting pupils will prepare for challenge assignments given them advance. At meetings the teams of students are tasked with designing, building and programming a robot to play with other teams in a complex, game-based engineering challenge.
The problematic tasks are being created to meet the challenges of today’s working life. They are shaped so that they are encouraging, offer experiences of success to different levels of students, encourage co-operation and familiarize students with the potential of robotics. This kind of working will give students high quality skills and competences. They will also develope at self evaluation.
Subjects of tasks before meetings:
- Built environment and robotics
- Robotics in everyday life
- Fraction, balance, power and movement
- Industrial robotics
Project will develope the knowledge and skills of pupils and teachers to a level that will enable schools teams to participate in national and international competitions.
Concrete results: Project logo – competition between students.
The challenge task materials are assembled in eTwinning open to everyone to use them in the future.
After each meeting the host country assembles video about the visit.
Each country will prepare based on a national/school curriculum a plan on how robotics could be included in the curriculum separately or as a part of math, physics, IT or technology.
Every participant school will write a blog. The blog describes preparations for meetings and challenging tasks.Blogs will be linked to eTwinning.
Pupils power point, Sway or video presentations: At Slovenia ”school system and school”, at Turkey ”hometown”, at Poland ”country” and at Finland ”culture and traditions”.
We will use computational thinking scale and STEM attitude scale for evaluating learning output.
We also use google forms after the meetings in order to see the participants’ ideas and feelings about the meeting. We will publish them via twinspace and our website.