Primary schools are being given an insight into the potential benefits of computer science and robotics thanks to the research project Robo21C – Robotics for Primary Schools in the 21st Century.

The Robo21c project aims to complement recent changes to the school curriculum by supporting and developing current teachers’ skills and understanding of robotics and programming. At the same time the project aims to make a positive impact upon developing interests and skills and enable primary school pupils to use and apply their acquired skills to become responsible, confident and creative users of ICT. These skills are based upon the 21st century skills.

The Robo21C project will work with children aged 4 – 11/12 years through the use of e.g. Blue-bots, Pro-bots, LEGO we-do, LEGO Mindstorm etc., paired with laptops and tablets and Bluetooth compatible systems which can help children code, debug and devise their own algorithms. There will also be elements exploring ways to introduce young people to entrepreneurialism, and how to incorporate lessons learned into ongoing and future education research.

The three-year project (September 2015 – August 2018) is funded through a €262,000 grant from the Erasmus+ programme, and involves 11 schools and higher education institutions across Europe.

Partners in the Robo21C project:

St. Andrew’s C of E Aided Primary School
The Village
Yelverton, United Kingdom

Ermington Primary School
School Road
Ivybridge, United Kingdom

University of Plymouth
Drake Circus
Plymouth, United Kingdom

Vester Gjesingvej 28
Esbjerg, Denmark

Centro de Profesorado de Alcalá de Guadaíra
Alcalá de Ebro S/N
Alcalá de Guadaíra, Spain

Colegio de Educación infantil y Primaria Hermelinda Núñez
Daoiz S/N
Alcalá de Guadaíra, Spain

CEIP Blas Infante
Avda. 28 de Febrero s/n
Alcalá de Guadaíra, Spainá-de-Guadaíra-141938983182901/

Universita ta Malta
University Campus, Tal-Qroqq
MSIDA, Malta

Zejtun Primary A
Triq St. Anglu
Zejtun, Malta

Kernaves str. 8-8
Alytus, Lithuania