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University and Primary Schools Cooperation for Small Robots Programming

  • G. Barbara Demo
  • Simonetta Siega
  • M. Stella De Michele
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 5736)

Abstract

In July 2007, in the Italian northwest region named Piedmont, a number of teachers and school headmasters created a School-Net for k-12 "Educational use of robotics". The School-Net aims at promoting Papert’s constructionism in a cooperative environment and at setting up a model of small robots programming activities integrated in standard curricula covered in k-12 school years. The project is based on the cooperation between the School-Net and the Computer Science Department of the Turin University for providing technical competences with mini-languages, designing and implementing program development environments pupils oriented and maintaining a community of practice supporting teachers during their activities with robots. Here we concentrate on primary school activities where educational aspects concerned by using small robots fill a long list with, of course, mathematics but also education to affectivity, creativity, communication, geography and others. Experiences from the project are here described.

Keywords

cross-disciplinary activities inquiry based teaching and learning techniques pupil centered teaching programming mini-languages 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • G. Barbara Demo
    • 1
  • Simonetta Siega
    • 2
  • M. Stella De Michele
    • 3
  1. 1.Computer Science DepartmentUniversity of TurinTurinItaly
  2. 2.Istituto Comprensivo “Fogazzaro” di Baveno (VB)BavenoItaly
  3. 3.I Circolo Didattico Settimo TorineseSettimo TorineseItaly

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