Scientific Resources

By the ER4STEM Project Team

Christina Todorova, Carina Girvan, Nikoleta Yiannoutsou, Marianthi Grizioti, Ivaylo Gueorguiev, Pavel Varbanov and George Sharkov (2018) Visualizing mathematics with the MathBot: a constructionist activity to explore mathematical concepts through robotics. Constructionism 2018. Vilnius, Lithuania, August 21-25, 2018. View abstract

In this practice paper, we aim to share our experience with the design and implementation of constructionist educational robotics activities tailored to primary school students (4th grade, age 9-11 years) implemented in a series of robotics workshops, which took place within a real school setting in Sofia, Bulgaria.
Through this contribution, we will further present an activity plan, which involves student engagement with mathematical concepts (angle measuring and properties of the circle) in order to program the behaviour of a robot. Our paper reports insights on the implementation of the activity plan focusing students’ evaluation of their experience during the workshop. These insights are drawn from quantitative data from 131 participants (63 boys and 68 girls), capturing the overall student attitude.
The activity plan behind this set of educational robotics workshops was designed, adapted and piloted in alignment to the guidelines of the Bulgarian national curriculum for mathematics for the 4th grade. However, it could function as a practical example, which could be adapted, enriched and modified to benefit other age groups, nationalities and desired learning outcomes.

Ivaylo Gueorguiev, Christina Todorova, Nikoleta Yiannoutsou, Christina Gkreka, Carina Girvan, Pavel Varbanov, George Sharkov, Annalise Duca, Lisa Vittori and Julian Angel Fernandez (2018) Towards a Generic Curriculum for Educational Robotics in STEM: From Scientific Concepts to Technologies and Powerful Ideas. Constructionism 2018. Vilnius, Lithuania, August 21-25, 2018. View abstract

This paper and its corresponding poster present a “work in progress” concept for the visualization of 19 activity plans, into a generic curriculum map for teaching STEM concepts through constructionist robotics activities. There are six educational paths that represent potential use cases and these have been validated through 148 educational robotics workshops implemented with children between the ages of 7 and 18 in six European countries.
Gueorguiev, I., Todorova, C., Varbanov, P., Sharkov, P., Sharkov, G., Girvan, C., Yiannoutsou, N., Grizioti, M. (TBI). Educational Robotics for Communication, Collaboration and Digital Fluency. In: Lepuschitz W., Merdan M., Koppensteiner G., Balogh R., Obdržálek D. (eds) Robotics in Education. RiE 2017. Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing, vol 630. Springer, Cham View abstract
This paper is the experience-based summary of the work with the design, implementation and results from an “Educational Robotics and Creativity Workshop” under the EU funded Horizon 2020 project „ER4STEM – Educational Robotics for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics“. This paper gives an overview of the empirical data obtained from the post-workshop questionnaires, completed by the participants from 13 educational robotics workshops, per-formed in 7 schools (public and private) in Bulgaria with 312 students (142 girls and 170 boys) in the time period from February 16, 2016 until May 31, 2016. The students were between 7 and 14 years old with the majority of them aged be-tween 9 and 10 years old.

Lammer, L., Lepuschitz, W., Kynigos, C., Giuliano, A., & Girvan, C. (2016). ER4STEM Educational Robotics for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. Robotics in Education Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing, 95-101. doi:10.1007/978-3-319-42975-5_9

Yiannoutsou, N., Nikitopoulou, S., Kynigos, C., Gueorguiev, I., & Angel-Fernandez, J. (2016). Activity Plan Template: A Mediating Tool for Supporting Learning Design with Robotics. Robotics in Education Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing, 3-13. doi:10.1007/978-3-319-42975-5_1

Lepuschitz, W., Koppensteiner, G., Merdan, M. (2016). Offering Multiple Entry-Points into STEM for Young People. Robotics in Education Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing, 41-52. doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-42975-5_4

Koza, C., Lepuschitz, W., Wolff, M., Frank, D., & Koppensteiner, G. (2017). Hedgehog Light – A Versatile, White Box Educational Robotics Controller. Educational Robotics in the Makers Era Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing, 229-232. doi:10.1007/978-3-319-55553-9_19

Vittori, L., Schuster, L., Weinert, N., Koppensteiner, G., & Lepuschitz, W. (2016). Overview and interim evaluation of the project ROBIN: Robotics for integration. 2016 IEEE 8th International Conference on Engineering Education (ICEED). doi:10.1109/iceed.2016.7856096

Angel-Fernandez, J.M., Vincze, M. (2017) Determining the Effect of programming Language in Educational Robotic Activities. 26th IEEE International Symposium on Robot and Human Interactive Communication (RO-MAN).

Xenos, M., Yiannoutsou, N., Grizioti, M., Kynigos, C., & Nikitopoulou, S. (2017). Learning Programming with Educational Robotics: Towards an Integrated Approach. Educational Robotics in the Makers Era, 560, 215. Springer, Cham. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-55553-9

Grizioti M, Xenos, M & Kynigos C. (2016) «Enhancing of student’s interest towards STEM through Educational Robotics activities», 1st Hellenic Conference on Innovating STEM Education ,University of Athens, 2016