Robotics Education driven by Interregional Cooperation
In schools and universities, there is at this moment a lack of interest in the MINT subjects (mathematics, informatics, natural sciences and technology) and in well-trained teachers for these subjects in Austria and Slovakia. Women, in particular, are clearly underrepresented in the MINT areas. This leads to bottlenecks in the job market, although there is an increasing demand for MINT personnel in the whole region. Robotics in education has proven to be a valuable tool for practical learning, not only for robotics itself, but for MINT topics in general. RoboCoop is a unique project aimed at exploiting the multidisciplinary potential of robotics and establishing cross-border educational activities to raise interest in MINT issues.
In RoboCoop, more than 4000 pupils, students and innovative MINT educators will be encouraged and engaged at interregional level to serve as a positive example of a wider use at national level in the two countries. To this end, 2 x 4 hours of workshops will be held at ACIN in which students will get to know the world of robots and foster their creativity and collaboration skills. The didactic concept alternates between instructive and constructive elements. In addition, a comprehensive quantitative and qualitative evaluation of all project activities should lead to policy recommendations in order to ensure a systematic and long-term implementation of the project ideas and thus to an early introduction of robotics topics at secondary level.
TU Wien – Fakultät für Elektrotechnik und Informationstechnik
ACIN Institut für Automatisierungs- und Regelungstechnik
PRIA – Practical Robotics Institute Austria
SSR Wien – Stadtschulrat Wien
SUK – Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava
CVTI SR – Slovak Centre of Scientific and Technical Information
The project is funded by the cooperation programme Interreg V-A SK-AT with the project number V212.