IO3: the RoboPisces Educational Curriculum
The Intellectual Output 3 (IO3) is an innovative educational curriculum for teaching educational robotics and the marine environment at the primary school. It is composed of modules that focus on the topics identified in the “FISH curriculum” and it includes the respective lesson plans, learning objectives, training materials, practical activities, and assessment methods.
The curriculum is divided into Basic and Advanced. The Basic curriculum focuses on fundamental notions of educational robotics and is applied during the first year of school-based implementation using standard commercial robotic kits adapted for the scopes of the curriculum. The Advanced curriculum deals with the marine environment, marine robotics, robot and sensors networks, and IoT and is applied during the second year of school-based implementation also using the RoboFish, a robotic kit resembling a fish developed inside the project (IO2).
The combination of robotics and environmental education in this curriculum represents an invaluable opportunity to present the role of robotics at the service of the environment and to convey notions of roboethics as a new way to design robots fully integrated with nature and human beings.
The assessment of students’ learning outcomes and thus the validation of the Curriculum will be a fundamental aspect of the activities of IO3. This activity will, in turn, empower educators with a valuable method for students’ evaluation. Furthermore, the curriculum will bring, a short-term impact in partner schools, namely the increase of interest towards STEAM careers and in the Blue Economy.
The curriculum will be released as OER and made available on the website; as a result, it could be adopted by all schools that are looking for a reference model to introduce Robotics in Primary Education.
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