keynote talk: Paulo Blikstein & Arnan Sipitakiat

February 25, time 10.15-11.00 CET

Educational Robotics is almost 40 years old. During these four decades, it went from a curiosity to a worldwide phenomenon that is now present is thousands of schools. However, the landscape of educational robotics is full of contradictions and questionable design: often products and practices are not well-adapted to children, and the “competition fever” often contradicts best pedagogical practices. Also, there is a considerable equity gap: while children in affluent schools have access to a multitude of platforms, students in public schools often are only exposed to the simplest of experiences. In this talk, we will talk about the history of educational robotics, discuss research-based design principles, present examples of good and bad design, and demonstrate a brand new lineage of open-source platforms for educational robotics that, we hope, will help lead the field into the future.

invited talk: Gary Stager

Thinking About Thinking About Robotics

February 26, time 16.00-16.45 CET

In these turbulent times, we are blessed with the availability incredibly powerful, affordable, and accessible technology sadly accompanied by an absence of vision for its educational use. This paradox may be caused by an absence of metaphors for thinking about thinking with robotics materials. Dr. Stager will share an expansive view of robotics to serve a diverse population of learners, discuss contexts for using robotics as a vehicle for knowledge construction, and share models for inspiring teachers to embrace the potential of robotics as an expressive medium and incubator of powerful ideas.

1st day
Thursday, February 25, 2021
10.00 CETOpening session: welcome, overview Monica Malvezzi, Univ. of Siena
10.15Keynote speechchair: Dimitris Alimisis, EDUMOTIVA
 Paulo Blikstein & Arnan SipitakiatEducational Robotics: Design Principles, Past, and Future
11.00(Virtual) coffee break 
11.15New developments in educational robotics (Part A)
(20 min for each presentation)
chair: Michele Moro, Univ. of Padua
 Francesca Gratani, Lorella Giannandrea, Alessandra Renieri and Martina AnnessiFostering students’ problem-solving skills through educational robotics in primary school
 Lorella Burlin, Giordano Casonato, Massimo Saccardi and Michele MoroWhy educational robotics may support teachers to discover, to develop and to promote students’ talent: the GIF4T approach
 Rico Mockel, Lucas Dahl, Dean Boonen, Desiree Parren and Yiyong GouRobotics Education under COVID-19 Conditions with Educational Modular Robots
 Christina Pasalidou and Nikolaos FachantidisDistance Learning in the Era of COVID-19: Supporting Educational Robotics with Augmented Reality
12.35(Virtual) lunch break 
14.00New developments in educational robotics (Part B)
(20 min for each presentation)
 chair: Dimitris Alimisis
 Gonzalo Zabala, Ricardo Moran and Matias TeragniMendieta, one Robot per School: Multi-user Robot for Technology Education
 Dimitrios Nikolos, Anastasia Misirli and Vassilis KomisDebugging strategies with a simulated robot: A case study
 Amy Eguchi
AI-Robotics and AI literacy
15.00Social robots chair: Monica Malvezzi
 Sofia Pliasa, Anna-Maria Velentza and Nikolaos Fachantidis
(20 min)
The socially assistive robot Daisy Promoting Social Inclu-sion of children with ASD
 Filippo Talami, Maximiliano Romero and Giovanni Borga
(short paper, 10 min)
Edù, a robotic companion in pediatric protective isolation units
 Giada Francescato, Maximiliano Romero and Giovanni Borga (short paper, 10 min)Development of a robotic agent for increasing elderlies socialization
15.40Open session for discussions chair: Michele Moro
16.00End of the first day 
2nd day Friday, February 26, 2021
10.00 CETPapers stemming from the INBOTS CSA project (20 min for each presentation) chair: Monica Malvezzi
 Monica Malvezzi, Juan C. Moreno SastoqueIntroduction to INBOTS
 Maria Pozzi, Unnikrishnan Radhakrishnan, Ana Rojo Agustí, Konstantinos Koumaditis, Francesco Chinello, Juan C. Moreno Sastoque and Monica MalvezziExploiting VR and AR technologies in education and training to Inclusive Robotics
 Theodosios Sapounidis and Dimitris AlimisisEducational robotics curricula: current trends and shortcomings
 Sofia Almpani and Dimitris AlimisisDance & Robots: Designing a Robotics-enhanced project for dance-based STEAM Education Using ENGINO
 Britt ÖstlundRobots entering the care sector: The case of a new curriculum for the education of assistant nurses in Sweden
11.25(Virtual) coffee break 
11.35Discussion panel: inclusive robotics in the pandemic times 1hchair: Michele Moro,
short introductions from Univ. of Siena, EDUMOTIVA, Robotic Teacher Community, Open discussion
12.35(Virtual) lunch break 
14.15New studies and methodological issues in educational robotics
(20 min for each presentation)
chair: Dimitris Alimisis
 Silvia Di Battista, Monica Pivetti, Brunilda Simaku, Gloria Beraldo, Emanuele Menegatti and Michele MoroEducational Robotics Acceptance by Italian Teachers, Educators, Psychologists and Psychotherapists
 Lucio Negrini, Sophia Reyes Mury, Dio Moonnee and Paolo RossettiTeachers’ reasons to join a community about educational robotics and STEAM: a Swiss experience
 Merisio Chiara, Bozzi Gilda and Edoardo DatteriThere is no such thing as a “trial and error strategy”
 Anton Yudin, Andrey Vlasov, Dmitriy Zatekin and Stepan LapshinovEducational Robotics: School to University, Examples of Interconnected Longitudinal Individual Student Routes
 Effransia Tzagaraki, Stamatios Papadakis and Michail KalogiannakisExploring the Use of Educational Robotics in primary school and its possible place in the curricula
15.55(Virtual) coffee break 
16.00Invited talkchair: Michele Moro
 Gary StagerThinking About Thinking About Robotics
16.45End of the conference