The domain of robotics represents a multidisciplinary and highly innovative field encompassing physics, maths, informatics and even industrial design as well as social sciences. Moreover, due to various application domains, teamwork, creativity and entrepreneurial skills are required for the design, programming and innovative exploitation of robots and robotic services.
Children are fascinated by such autonomous machines. This fascination and the variety of fields and topics covered make robotics a powerful idea to engage with. Young girls as well as boys can easily connect robots to their personal interests and share their ideas through these tangible artefacts.
ER4STEM will refine, unify and enhance current European approaches to STEM education through robotics in one open operational and conceptual framework.
The concept is founded on three important pillars of constructionism:
1. engaging with powerful ideas,
2. building on personal interests, and
3. learning through making (or presenting ideas with tangible artefacts).