Our current work is mostly based on developing technology to facilitate the use of robotics in education.
We believe Robotics can be a very suitable tool for teaching science to young children because of several reasons:
- The presence of robots in the classroom generates curiosity and children seem to enjoy playing with them.
- Teaching robotics allows the student to build and explore his own representations of different world’s phenomena facilitating the acquisition of knowledge about them.
- Robotics is closely linked with diverse scientific disciplines such as logic, mathematics, physics, artificial intelligence, biology, medicine and nanotechnology.
- Most of the robotics activities foster camaraderie and teamwork abilities.
Nowadays, it is seen that most of the educational and recreational activities have been digitalized, thus creating a whole generation of kids who use only a part of their senses, have less motor function and are less capable of participating in a concrete world. Adding Robotics to the school curricula should help to solve this problem.
Here you will find some of the projects we are currently working on:
- Physical Etoys, a visual programming tool for programming robotics stuff.
- RobotSoccer, a simple framework for programming robot soccer teams in Squeak Smalltalk.