[robotics-worldwide] Last CFP: Workshop “Teaching robotics, teaching with robotics” SIMPAR10

Emanuele Menegatti emg at dei.unipd.it
Wed Sep 8 03:20:37 PDT 2010


International Workshop “Teaching robotics, teaching with robotics”


November 15, 2010  co-located with SIMPAR 2010 conference in Darmstadt, Germany

This workshop “Teaching robotics, teaching with robotics” will be held in Darmstadt, Germany, on Nov 15, 2010, hosted by the SIMPAR 2010 (Simulation, Modelling and Programming  for Autonomous Robots) conference.

The workshop is aimed to promote exchange and sharing of experiences among researchers in the field of educational robotics. Over the last decade, at an international level, several efforts have been made to integrate robotics in tertiary and school education, mainly in science and technology subjects.

At tertiary level robotics is present as a regular subject within two contexts: in mechanical engineering and in information engineering where a greater emphasis is given to autonomous robotics. In this latter context, more interesting for general educational purposes, robotics acts as a stimulating field where to apply a broad spectrum of knowledge and competences, both theoretical and practical. Therefore laboratorial activities can be easily settled as part of a normal course in robotics. Robotics is therefore a good completion for the curriculum and training of an information engineering undergraduate student.

At school education level, robotics is being introduced from kindergarten to high secondary school, either as an interdisciplinary learning activity or focused on school subjects, such as Science, Maths, Informatics and Technology. Following the constructivist/constructionist paradigm, we see robotic technologies not as mere tools, but rather as potential vehicles of new ways of thinking about teaching and learning. 

Educational robotics is aimed at configuring learning environments that can actively involve students in authentic problem solving, enhance learners’ research attitudes, allow learners to carry out their own experiments and investigations and help them to develop their abstracting skills and to acquire teamwork skills, independence, imagination and creativity. Such an integration of robotics in school classes is not just a matter of students’ and teachers’ access to robotic technologies. Technology alone cannot affect students’ minds and cannot act directly on learning. Appropriate educational philosophy, curriculum, learning environment, teaching methodologies and well-trained teachers are important factors for the successful integration of robotics innovation in school classes.  One of the key aspects not deeply explored, so far, is how to evaluate robotics-enhanced class activities. In particular, regarding the indirect acquiring of new knowledge in informal steps or of new problem-solving capabilities or new social skills traditional tools like Q&A, tests and formal problem solving appear insufficient for a complete and objective evaluation.

Following this framework, the topics of the workshop include:

–      Hardware and software of new educational Robotic kits;
–      Evaluation and assessment of robotic-enhanced class activities .
–      Laboratory Experiments for teaching robotics
–      Methodologies for teaching robotics
–      Robotics curriculum
–      Robotics competitions
–      Edutainment
–      Museum robots
–      Software for educational robotics
–      Roboethics
–      Connections between Real robotics and Science fiction robotics
–      Web-based Robotics, Simulation, remote educational robot
–      Humanoid robot and Human Robot Interface in education
–      Exemplary Robotics projects in classes: from Kindergarten to secondary school
–      Constructivism/Constructionism and robotics
–      Project-based learning and robotics
–      Teacher training in educational robotics
–      Robotics-enhanced curricula
–      European and International trends in educational robotics

** Paper submission and format **

All manuscripts should be prepared according to guidelines available here. The page limit for the final submission of papers is 10 pages. The papers must be uploaded via the EasyChair conference page:


** Publication **
Papers accepted for presentation in the workshop will be published on a CDROM with ISBN number in the proceedings of SIMPAR 2010 Workshops. At least one (1) author must register in the workshop to present a paper.

** Important dates **
Deadline for submission of papers: September 20, 2010 (if you need special arrangements, please contact the workshop chair)
Notification of acceptance: October 20, 2010
Submission of final camera ready papers: November 2, 2010

** Venue **
The workshop will be held on November 15, 2010 and will be co-located with SIMPAR 2010 conference in Darmstadt, Germany

** Chairmen **
Alimisis Dimitris, Dept. of Education, School of Pedagogical and Technological Education, Patras, Greece
Menegatti Emanuele, Dept. of Information Engineering, Univ. of Padova, Italy
Moro Michele, Dept. of Information Engineering, Univ. of Padova, Italy

** Program Committee **
Alimisis Dimitris, School of Pedagogical and Technological Education, Greece
Aravecchia Liliane, Institut Universitaire de Formation des Maîtres d'Aix-Marseille, France
Arlegui Javier, Public University of Navarra, Spain
Chronaki Anna, University of Thessaly, Greece
Bonarini Andrea, Politecnico di Milano, Italy
Borivoi Brdicka, Charles Univ. Prague, Czech Republic
Demetriadis Stavros, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece
Demo Barbara, University of Torino, Italy
Fiorini Paolo, University of Verona, Italy
Hofmann Alexander, University of Applied Science Technikum, Vienna, Austria
Jardón Huete Alberto, University of Madrid, Spain
Ionita Silviu, University of Pitesti, Romania
Kraetzschmar Gerhard K., Bonn-Rhein-Sieg University, Germany
Kynigos Chronis, University of Athens, Greece
Menegatti Emanuele, University of Padova, Italy
Micheli Emanuele, School of Robotics, Italy
Montel Luc, Institut Universitaire de Formation des Maîtres d'Aix-Marseille, France
Moro Michele, University of Padova, Italy
Muscato Giovanni, University of Catania, Italy
Operto Fiorella, School of Robotics, Italy
Pekárová Janka, Comenius University, Slovakia
Petrovic Pavel, Comenius University, Slovakia
Pina Alfredo, Public University of Navarra, Spain

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