We are happy to announce the invited speakers of the EDUROBOTICS 2016 Conference:
Dr. Meurig Beynon
UNiversity of Warwick
Title: “Mindstorms revisited: making new construals of Seymour Papert’s legacy”
Summary : Seymour Papert’s Mindstorms is a seminal text in educational technology. Its subtitle: Children, Computers and Powerful Ideas reflects Papert’s broad visionary ambition, yet the the cover of its second edition is headlined thus: ALL ABOUT LOGO – HOW IT WAS INVENTED AND HOW IT WORKS. Notwithstanding the enormous practical impact of LOGO on educational applications of computers, we should not forget Papert’s declaration regarding the computer-inspired revolution in learning he envisioned: “I do not present LOGO environments as my proposal for this … [they are] too primitive … too limited by the technology of the 1970s …”. This paper revisits the challenge implicit in this declaration, appraising the extent to which today’s technological advances can realise Papert’s vision, and proposing an alternative model for his central conception of “an object-to-think-with, that will contribute to the essentially social process of constructing the education of the future”.
Dr. Ilkka Jormanainen
School of Computing.
University of Eastern Finland
Title:¨Arts Meet Robot – Toward Inclusive STEAM Education”
Summary: Science, technology, engineering and math education has also been expanded by the inclusion of the arts as an integral area. STEAM education is posed to be gender inclusive and accessible for all levels of technical abilities. In this paper we present first our work on the inclusion of the arts into robotics education through the theater robotics concept. A description of the processes involved to develop a multidisciplinary theater robotics project are presented alongside highlighted benefits that can be expected in terms of fostering the students’ 21st century skills. We have leveraged the core lessons learnt from conceptualizing theater robotics concept in the forthcoming eCraft2Learn project funded from EU Horizon 2020 research and innovation framework. Through the deployment of eCraft2Learn framework, we expect to achieve a smooth integration of technical and humanities subjects and skills paving the way towards a motivating and inclusive STEAM education for all students
Dr. Alfredo Pina
Public University of Navarra
Title: “Primary level Young Makers programming & making electronics with Snap4Arduino”
Summary: The main goal of this study is to show that young makers (8-12 years old) are able to start programming & making electronics with Snap4Arduino, and that this is a way to have (already trained) Makers for secondary level education.
The 1st part of the conference will be broadcasted
Live streaming link: https://diavlos.grnet.gr/room/1482…