SOS Planet A Robotics Project
Start date: Sep 1, 2015,
End date: Aug 31, 2017
Having identified the students' necessity of acquiring basic competences, the necessity of new learner-based methodologies and the necessity of a greater use of ICT tools in classrooms, of more motivating activities that allow for more meaningful learning, this project aims at:
a) Familiarize students and teachers with the world of robots and programming.
b) Enhance students key competences.
c) Provide teachers with practical ideas for incorporating technology into their lessons.
d) Implement PBL in lessons.
e) Foster positive attitudes towards learning, such as stress contol, keeping an open mind, building a positive self-image,
self-knowledge and relating adequately to others.
f) Raise awareness of environmental problems.
g) Become aware of the European dimension of the school and foster positive attitudes towards other members of the EU, such as tolerance and respect.
h) Take advantage of gamification.
i) Create digital resources for robotics.
j) Launch and keep a workshop on robotics in primary school organized and tutored by students with expertise in robotics.
This partnership consists of 5 schools from all parts of Europe, the majority of which having experience in Comenius and qualified staff who are capable of carrying out the project.
The project will last 2 years. There will be 2 transnational meeting during the first year. The aim of the first meeting will be to lauch the project, train partner representatives in robotics and agree on the quality, dissemination, evaluation and communication systems. During the first year, schools will work in 2 groups to design a Mission for their robots and perform it. Each mission will be evaluated in a quantitative and qualitative manner. Progress Reviews will be written by students. A partner country will be in charge of collecting the information and writing a monthly newsletter to be sent to all members of the school community in all countries involved. During the second Mission, schools will continue working in the same groups but they will swap Missions. In order to fulfill the new Mission they will resort to the expertise of the other group of partners.
There will be an annual survey to measure goal achievement. The project progress will be disseminated inside and outside school according to the dissemination plan. Feedback about dissemination, surveys and Progress Reviews will be summarized in the Year1 Report.
The second year, there will be 2 transnational meetings. The aim of the first meeting will be to start the mobility of students and to make adjustments to the project according to the issues analysed in Year 1 Report. When students do the mobilities, they will work in transnational teams to overcome a challenge prepared by the teachers in the host country. Students will be evaluated both quantitatively and qualitatively. They will write a Progress Review whose content will be disseminated in the monthly newsletter. When visitors go back to their country they will invite their fellow students to take the challenge and they will give the support to overcome it. There will be five mobilities, involving 100 students form 5 countries. 325 students from 5 countries will be directly involved in the project and 4300 students will benefit from the project indirectly.
The result of the project will be an ebook containing information about robotics, the explanation of missions and challenges, tutorials, recommendations, troubleshooting, glossary of technical terms, diagrams, and photos. An open robotics day will be organized at the end of the second year to disseminate the project. There will be dissemination inside and outside schools according to the dissemination plan. A partner country will be in charge of supervising dissemination, coordinating, giving advice, and getting feedback from disseminating activities. This person will be responsible for informing about dissemination in the Year Report, alongside the evaluation of the project and goal achievement.
The project will generate digital resources (an e-book), human resources (robotics- trained students and teachers) and material resources (robots, tables, computers and software) which will be used to create a workshop on robotics for primary-school children. The workshop will be organized and tutored by students with expertise in robotics at the end of the project.
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