Scientix webinar: Educational robotics and coding in the curriculum: approach to promoting STEM and inclusion in the classroom
Type of event: webinar
Target groups: teachers
Topic: applied sciences, information and communications technology, science education
Language of event: English
Register for the webinar!The webinar will take place at 18.30 CEST in the Scientix online meeting room. After registration, you will receive an email with instructions. NB: Places are limited and will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis!Webinar outline:
Educational robotics is a methodology that involves the use of robotics to generate competences within the regular curricula. It aims to involve students of all ages - from kindergarten to upper secondary school - in the study of STEM subjects with a new approach. It can easily find a place in traditional maths and science curricula, increasing learning motivation, communication, and the development of mathematical, scientific and digital skills.
Robotics also has also the potential to engage students across cultures, linguistic barriers, ages, learning styles and genders.
Technological tools may promote inclusion where talented students and students with learning difficulties can easily work together. However, technological tools do not automatically guarantee good results without appropriate pedagogy: we need to understand why and how we should use robotics in our teaching.
The use of educational robotics encourages students in guided discovery and in problem solving - students get used to working in teams to solve problems, find solutions and verify results. As robots are commonly associated with games, robotics kits can be seen as learning mediators: they combine the reconstruction of the knowledge students gain during their school activities, with creativity, invention and conceptualisation, developing new skills and competences along the way. Learning emerges from cooperative working, from a new role of the teacher, who becomes simply a facilitator of the learning process.
About the presenter:
Tullia Urschitz is a maths, science and ICT teacher in a Junior Secondary School in Verona, Italy. She uses educational robotics in her teaching, to attract more students, boys and girls, to STEM subjects. She collaborates with the School of Robotics of Genoa and is a teacher trainer in the use of ICT in education (IWB, educational robotics, new methodologies for learning).
Tullia is involved in several European Projects on STEM education and gender. She was a pilot teacher and moderator of teachers' Communities of practices within the inGenious Project; currently, she is part of the Go Lab project and is the Scientix Ambassador in Italy.