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EU Code Week: Robots for Kids

EU Code Week 2019 is in full swing! Last year, Science on Stage offered funds for STEM teachers to take part in the EU Code Week 2018.

Here, we would like to present the results. This funding programme was kindly supported by the MAECENATA Foundation and SAP SE.

Robots for Kids

PrimeTech, the robotics club of our school, decided to organize a workshop for our colleagues and college students.

We, as a team, competed in the First Tech Challenge for two years, and we knew we should rebuild our community in a way. In one of our meetings, a member of the team suggested we should teach others about the fundamental principles of robotics. The participants were students of the "Tiberiu Popoviciu" High School of Informatics.

The team members made demonstrations for students of the 6th and 8th grade. There were 52 small students who drove a robot, and practiced driving on a computer simulator. The robot made a demonstration tracking a white line on the field.

Ana, Robot Team Programmer, held an Android presentation as a coding system for our robot for 20 PrimeTech members. The technical team has made the field where the robot is tested to be ready for the next competitions.

The students have created a few plates with the 3D printer. 12 students have developed some models with 3D design.

We have decided that the best way to keep everyone focused was through practical demonstrations. A few days earlier we built a robot that he or she could test. They have come up with questions about various aspects of building a robot. We were ready to answer any questions. The robot programming aspect was among the preferred topics as well as hardware and 3D modelling. We gave short lessons about the Android operating system and what we use to schedule the machine to do what we want.

The most important part of this event was the fact that we made the presence of our robotics club more visible in the school and we taught the community a part of the aspects of this club that we are most passionate about.

Report and picture by Gabriela Balan, Tiberiu Popoviciu High School in Cluj Napoca, Romania


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