ECER 2017 Registered Teams

Amazing, guys! 33 robotics teams and 180 competition participants registered for #ECER2017. #WOW!

This is going to be the biggest ECER of all time and the first ECER outside of Austria!

If you want to participate in the coolest #robotics event in #Sofia, Bulgaria during April 2017, you can still register and attend – registration for the Open, Aerial or Underwater Tournaments ends on April 1st!

Register at: http://ecer.pria.at/

Thank you PRIA | Practical Robotics Institute Austria for the trust and support!

Second meeting for the TUES-Bulgaria team for the BotBall competition at ECER 2017

A second meeting for the TUES Bulgaria team for the #BotBall competition with the European Conference on Educational Robotics in April 2017 – Sofia #ECER2017.

The team is more motivated than ever and excited to implement the good software engineering practices in the design and development phases of their robot. For all the #CMMI geeks out there, requirements management and configuration management in robotics and education – hell yeah!

Bring it on, BotBall, TUES is #ready. TUES team for BotBall 2017 is very thankful to have the support of Smartcom (www.smartcom.bg).

Kanban game with the TUES-Bulgaria BotBall Team

Amazing time working together with the TUES Botball team for the #ECER2017 BotBall competition. Playing the Kanban game not only is the perfect simulation of agile management practices but also is a great team-building exercise, allowing the participants to get to know each other better.

Which is perfect as today was the first official meeting of the TUES team.

The team is super excited for the #ECER2017, the European Conference on Educational Robotics, which will take place during the week between April 24-28 in Sofia, Bulgaria, and we hope you are too.

The TUES team for BotBall 2017 in Sofia is supported by Smartcom (www.smartcom.bg/).

Kindergarten visit at the Lab

Today we had a visit from our youngest robo-enthusiasts. šŸ™‚

Not older than the age of 6, those kids know all about sensors, motors and humanoids šŸ™‚ Being so curious and intuitive about technology, asking spot-on questions and having super profound knowledge about how technology works at this young age… it’s super mind-blowing.

Moreover, they, as well as the whole Er4stem project team, believe that robotics makes STEM learning more fun and exciting. šŸ™‚

Want to know more about what we do under the Er4stem project? Contact us here. Not from Bulgaria? No worries, Er4stem is quite international – check out our partners here.

Mathbot in action!

We’re so excited!

As you know, for a second year now, as part of the initiatives under the Er4stem project, we’re conducting educational robotics workshops in general education schools. This year, we developed a whole new set of workshops and we called it “Visualizing Mathematics with the Mathbot”… and who better to test it out first than our last year’s students?

Those kids are already #Arduino pros, having constructed and programmed our Arduino-based tank during their previous school year, so this year, we decided they’re ready to do some hardcore #Scratch programming with the Robot Finch by Birdbrain Technologies LLC.

Children are already loving the Mathbot, and so are we! In this workshop, we’re using #robotics, #mindmaps and #programming to teach curriculum-aligned mathematical concepts.

EU CodeWeek & ER4STEM Bulgaria

Every week is #EUCodeWeek for us here at theĀ European Software Institute – Center Eastern Europe!

For the past 8-9 months, within the ER4STEM project, we’ve been coding and constructingĀ #Arduino robots with 550+ children aged 6-17 to channel their curiosity towards #STEM and we are loving it. This #codeweek event was yet another proof for us how powerful #programming andĀ #robotics are not only for visualizing complex STEM concepts but also when it comes cultivating soft skills, such as #communication and #collaborationĀ skills, flexibility, adaptability, problem-solving… and the list goes on. šŸ™‚

More photos from the EU Code Week:

Photos from our tank workshop:

Participate in a European Conference on Educational Robotics for students!

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This year, as part of the activities underĀ the ER4STEM project,Ā ESI CEE is setting teams of Ā Bulgarian school students, interested in robotics, who dareĀ to participate and compete in theĀ European Conference on Educational Robotics 2017 (ECER 2017)

TheĀ European Conference on Educational Robotics is an international scientific conference for students and it’s all about robots. Teams of 4-5 studentsĀ participate in robot competitions, such as theĀ official European Regional Botball Competition, show-off their robots, present their findings, share their experience and get a chance to meet with like-minded people of the same age from all around Europe.
The conference will take place in Sofia, Bulgaria onĀ April 24 – 28, 2017.

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To participate, you have to be:

  • excited about robots
  • comfortable to express yourself in English
  • between the age of 10 and 18

Want to be a part of the team? Contact us for more information and to confirm your interest here.

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