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TITLE OF THE TRAINING ACTIVITY
IN THE LANGUAGE OF TUITION
School' Robotics
TRAINING AIMED AT PARTICIPANTS RECEIVING :
A COMENIUS GRANT (SCHOOL EDUCATION)

TYPE AND ORIGIN OF THE TRAINING:
COURSE
(training resulting from an llp or previous socrates project (comenius, lingua, grundtvig, minerva))

LLP OR SOCRATES PROJECT NO. : 110157-CP-1-2003-1-PT-COMENIUS-C3
IN-SERVICE TRAINING IN THE FIELD OF SCIENCES
Maths, chemistry & physics
Natural sciences, biology and environment
New technologies
Other courses for teachers of sciences ICT
MAIN LANGUAGE: English
OTHER LANGUAGE/S USED DURING THE TRAINING:
Portuguese
Spanish
LANGUAGE VERSION(S) IN WHICH MATERIALS WILL BE PROVIDED:
English
Portuguese
SCHOOL AND PRE-SCHOOL EDUCATION
Pre-Primary
Primary
General secondary
Vocational/Technical secondary
Special education for disabled persons
Teachers (Pre-school, primary, secondary, vocational, adult, special needs)
Teacher trainers
Careers officers, educational guides and counsellors
Headteachers/principals/managers of schools/organisations offering adult education
Other (Paid or voluntary) management staff in the institution/organisation
Members of students/teachers councils in adult education
INSTITUTION ORGANISING THE TRAINING
Hands-on Science Network
Rua 1 de Maio, 2, 2º
4730 - 734
Vila Verde
Portugal
www.hsci.info
 
Manuel Filipe P. C. M. Costa
00351/253/604070
00351/253/324102
mfcosta@fisica.uminho.pt
FULL DESCRIPTION OF TRAINING CONTENTS
IN THE LANGUAGE OF THE TRAINING: (EN)
The participants will receive ahead written material on hands-on IBSE and constructivism pedagogical theories. Description of the robots to be used as well as the FLL and Robocup competitions will be provided in advance. Detailed bibliographic list on educational robotics will be provided.
Science and Technology are fundamental to the sound development of our knowledge-based society. In one hand a fast development of science and technology is required to maintain world’s sustainable development. On the other hand there is a major lack of human resources in this field and the number of students willing to take science and or technology studies at EU schools is decreasing every day. Pedagogical approaches that motivate and bring the students to an active role in the learning of science and technology subjects are needed. IBSE and hands-on experimentation in the classroom have proved success in raising S&T learning but also in improving essential skills as autonomy and responsibility, critical reasoning, self-organisation self-commitment self-motivation and reward, method and social interaction. If this hands-on practice is complemented or involves building, constructing or developing a final product to perform a specific task, its success can be highly potentiated. Especially if the subject dealt with is of innovating striking actuality as robotics is to all of us but especially to our youngsters. The experience of the organiser lecturers and tutors of this course in many different projects in different countries and different types of schools and student’s age levels, have demonstrated clearly how successful these activities can be. The goal of this course is to provide schoolteachers, from primary (and pre-primary) secondary and vocational schools as well as lifelong learning educators, both theoretical but specially practical information and tools, pedagogical and technical, that may enable them to begin teaching robotics to their students. Teaching robotics itself as a topic of utmost actuality and importance, but also as a vehicle to convey the learning of important knowledge and competencies in a variety of disciplines. We also expect that those teachers will become promoters of further activities in this field.
Our methodological training approach is focused in providing teachers the basic theoretical information allowing the immediate learning of robotics and in-school teaching strategies in a practical hands-on way. IBSE strategies will be extensively employed. The participants will receive ahead written material on hands-on and constructivism pedagogical theories. Description of the robots to be used as well as the FLL and Robocup competitions will be provided in advance. Detailed bibliographic list will be provided. The course will begin with a presentation of the theme robotics followed by an in-depth presentation and discussion of the hands-on experiments and constructivism and IBSE teaching/learning approaches. Theories will be presented as well as practical examples. Particular issues of great importance as the use of ICT and gender problems will be discussed and examples of good practice presented. Two target groups will be identified and differentiated approaches presented: primary and secondary education. From a certain level of development of the course parallel practical sessions will be delivered for teachers of those different school levels. The organisation of festivals and robot’s contests has proved to be very important in the success of these kinds of activities. Practical questions will be presented and discuss. Support material will be provided. The course will end with interaction with school students where trainees will present their robots and compete in a variety of robots’ competitions. Close interaction between our trainees and the students will happen.
One of the goals of this course is to induce the establishment of cooperation projects between teachers and the schools of the teachers participating in the training course. As it happned in most previous editions of the course, in the end we expect that several Comenius school cooperation projects can be delineated prepared and sucessfully implemented. We will provide all support needed advising and supervising the development of the activities. Open and friendly two folded contacts between trainers and trainees will be maintained after the end of the school. Whenever possible former trainees will be invited to act as tutors or trainers in following courses. Furthermore they will be invited to share their experiences in educational robotics after the course in future Hands-on Science conferences that are held annualy since 2004.
 
PROGRAMME OF THE TRAINING ACTIVITIES (DAY BY DAY)
1st day
Arrival
2nd day
10:00 Opening and presentation, M. F. Costa
11:30 Hands-on teaching and learning of science M. F. Costa, P. Michaelides
14:30 Introduction to robotics F. Ribeiro, M. F. Costa
16:30 Primary robotics. M. F. Costa, F. Ribeiro, C. Ribeiro
18:00 Discussion
20:30 Socio-cultural interaction
3rd day
10:00 Constructivism S. Gatt
11:30 Hands-on Science. Experiments to grow students’ interest in S&T J. Benito Vazquez-Dorrio
14:30 1st Hands-on workshop J. Fernandes, A. Silva, C. Ribeiro, M. F. Costa
18:30 Discussion
4th day
10:00 Primary robotics. Design, construction and programming M. F. Costa, C. Ribeiro
11:00 Secondary robotics. Sensors and electronics F. Ribeiro, A. Silva, M. F. Costa
14:30 2nd Hands-on workshop J. Fernandes, C. Ribeiro, F. Ribeiro, M. F. Costa
18:30 Discussion
5th day
Free day for cultural activities.
6st day
10:00 3rd Hands-on workshop J. Fernandes, A. Silva, F. Ribeiro, M. F. Costa
14:30 4rd Hands-on workshop J. Fernandes, A. Silva, F. Ribeiro, M. F. Costa
17:30 How to organise a robotics festival M. F. Costa, F. Ribeiro, P. Michaelides
18:30 Discussion.
7th day
9:30 Comenius school cooperation projects. Setting-up. M. F. Costa, P. Michaelides
10:00 5th Hands-on workshop J. Fernandes, A. Silva, F. Ribeiro, M. F. Costa
11:30 6th Hands-on workshop J. Fernandes, A. Silva, F. Ribeiro, M. F. Costa
14:30 Interaction with students and local teachers
17:30 Discussion
18:00 Course' evaluation and conclusion
8th day
Departure
(Every day: Coffee break - 11:00 and 16:00; Lunch 12:30; 19:30 Dinner)
Trainers: Professor Manuel F. M. Costa (University of Minho), Professor A. Fernando Ribeiro (University of Minho), Professor J. Benito Dorrio (University of Vigo), Professor Suzanne Gatt (University of Malta), Professor Panagiotis G. Michaelides (University of Crete). Tutor: Ing. A. Silva (Professional School of Braga), Dr. J.Fernandes (EBJMeira), Dra. C. Ribeiro (AEPL).
 
TYPE OF CERTIFICATION OF ATTENDANCE AWARDED
Certificate of attendance including description of training content and time input,
 
Certificate of attendance including description of training content and time input,
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