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Educational robotics for students and teachers: bring on STEM skills!

On January 23-24, CODESKILLS4ROBOTICS partners flew to the north of Sweden to discuss the work of the past six months and discuss the next steps ahead.

CODESKILLS4ROBOTICS is an Erasmus+ KA2 project which aims to promote the development of STEM skills among students aged 9-12 through the channel of educational robotics (in particular through the LEGO Boost set).

In the second half of 2019, CODESKILLS4ROBOTICS partners have focused on finalising one of the core project results: a comprehensive Educational Back Pack which supports the introduction of educational robotics in the classroom through the LEGO Boost set. As foreseen in the previously developed Competence Framework, the Back Pack guides students and teachers in exploring basic and advanced robotics functionalities with the help of REA, a custom build which allows students to quickly move from building to coding.

Vernie from the LEGO Boost set

The Back Pack is already available in PDF version but will also be accessible on the project e-learning platform, where students and teachers will be able to go through the material, assess their understanding of the contents and earn 6 different badges.

The Back Pack is accompanied by a collection of 4 creative scenarios which allows students to test their competences by tackling different (and easily customisable) challenges related to space, music, history and the environment.

Over the next few months, CODESKILLS4ROBOTICS partners will test the programme in a few selected classrooms and develop accompanying materials including:

  • A Guide to help you implement the CODESKILLS4ROBOTICS programme in your school;
  • A Data Bank with training opportunities and online materials on educational robotics;
  • An app to have all training materials at your fingertips.

All results will be presented during the project final conference, which will take place in Brussels (Belgium) at the end of 2020 together with a coding competition for studentsstay tuned for more!