The LLLPlatform is partner in the Erasmus+ KA2 ‘CODESKILLS4ROBOTICS’ project, a joint effort for the promotion of coding and STEM skills in primary schools involving six partners from four European countries. Spanning over a 28-months period, the project will focus on robotics as an introductory channel to coding and will seek to facilitate the development of programming and computational thinking skills among primary school students by producing a comprehensive set of tools designed for teachers, parents and policy-makers. The project results and resources will be made available on the CODESKILLS4ROBOTICS interactive portal and mobile app.
Programming and computational thinking skills are becoming ever more important in our society and working life: an increasingly digitalized economy has transformed the labour market and brought digital skills to the forefront of the educational scene. As emphasized by the 2015 New priorities ET 2020, “knowing how to code is empowering. It allows to understand the digital world we live in and to shape it. Basic coding skills are essential for accessing the jobs of tomorrow and today”. In light of these recommendations, ICT school curricula have been shifting their focus from computer literacy to digital literacy, i.e. on teaching students not only how to work a computer, but mostly how a computer works and how to make it work for you. Often selected as an introductory channel to programming, robotics effectively initiates students to various STEM disciplines while also promoting transversal employability skills such as problem solving, leadership and creativity.
In the above context, the CODESKILLS4ROBOTICS project pioneers:
- to design, pilot-test and evaluate a complete tool kit that will support primary schools in developing their own digital-inclusive strategies for the promotion of coding, robotics and STEM skills;
- to develop an educational pack containing all the essential materials, tools and resources for the introduction of coding and robotics to primary schools; the educational pack will be based on a targeted Digital Competence Framework, which will also serve as a basis for the monitoring and assessment of the students’ progress;
- to introduce the Open Badges system as a method to validate and award the coding skills acquired by both teachers and students, in conjunction with an online assessment tool developed to this purpose; a mobile app meant to support teaching, learning and assessment will also be developed;
- in accordance with the 2018 Digital Education Action Plan for EU, to design a strong campaign as part of the EU Code/Robotics Week; CODESKILLS4ROBOTICS Competitions will be organised at the regional, national and EU level, thus promoting transnational cooperation.
Coordinator: National Center for Scientific Research “Demokritos” – Greece
Partners: LLLPlatform – Belgium; Regional Directorate Of Primary And Secondary Education Of Crete – Greece; Private Institute Emphasys Centre – Cyprus; Technological Educational Institute Of Crete – Greece; Hälsinglands Utbildningsförbund – Sweden