EDUROB Results to be Released at ITAG – the Final Edurob Project Conference (Oct 2016)
There will be a full morning dedicated to the work undertaken in and the results coming out of the Edurob (Educational Robotics for Students with Disabilities) project, and a number of other linked presentations and exhibition stand relating to the project.
The project has created a dedicated suite of apps and robotic interactions for the NAO and Lego Mindstorms EV3 robots. These interactions have been used in classrooms across Europe to test the theory that robotics can hold student engagement and increase learning in students with intellectual disabilities.
You’ll be able to get hands on with the robots and control them with the Edurob apps. This year’s Interactive Technologies and Games Conference –Education, Health and Disability will take place at the Nottingham Council House on Old Market Square on (26 – 27 October 2016). For full details visit the ITAG conference website
EDUROB workshop at Mansfield Museum for the Fun Palaces event
Edurob went along by invite from the British Science Association Notts Branch to demo our robotic interactions at the Mansfield Fun Palace Event at Mansfiled Museum on the 1st October. The event brought together arts and sciences, all for free and lots of fun, under the slogan “Everyone an Artist, Everyone a Scientist”. Mansfield’s first Fun Palace was a bustling Saturday of free family fun held at of Mansfield Museum, Old Library and the Palace Theatre. The Notts branch of the British Science Association brought loads of creative science. People made balloon kebabs, created and listened to live music, relaxed in the local history lounge, met some live animals and most importantly - experienced and controlled the Edurob robots!
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Bookings are now open for the ITAG16
Bookings are now open for the 9th Annual ITAG16 Conference, to be held at The Council House, Market Square, Nottingham on 26 – 27 October.
Register your place before 29 July 2016 and benefit from our discounted early bird booking rates:
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EDUROB Project results will be presented at ITAG16
9th Interactive Technologies and Games – Education, Health and Disability Conference in October 2016
Hosted annually by Nottingham Trent University in partnership with GameCity it aims to showcase and disseminate research outcomes and usable, accessible and effective open source, freely available games and interactive resources for educational and clinical applications.
The aim of the conference has always been to bring together academics, developers, beneficiaries and practitioners and this year we will be continuing with our community partner sessions where local practitioners will be invited to demonstrate the impact of academic research on areas such as stroke rehabilitation, special education, mental health, clinicians, physical rehabilitation and accessibility.
EDUROB Project presented at ExpoSanita2016
EDUROB Project presented at ExpoSanita2016 that was held in Bologna between 18th and 21th May 2016.
Exposanita is Italy’s unique exhibition dedicated to health care and assistance, the second largest in Europe in terms of number of exhibitors, visitors and product range (last edition 29.215 visitors).
Fifth management meeting organized in Turkey
Edurob Project fifth management meeting held in Istanbul on 19th and 20th May 2016.
During the meeting project steps presented and discussed.
Topics of the meeting were:
- Assessment Strategy and instruments
Covering in detail the process by which the pilots will be undertaken both with and without video
How results should be reported and to whom.
- Video Analysis :Use of video coding software for assessment of pilots
- Piloting schedules
o What robots and materials will be used
o Who with (staff/students)
- Robotic interface and interactions: Edurob Robotic Interface, interactions collection for NAO and EV3
- Update on internal evaluation
- External Evaluator’s update
- Local dissemination activities
- Overall exploitation presentation – how is plan progressing
- Plans for Exploitation seminars
- Plans for Final Conference
- Discussion of papers to be submitted and sessions to be offered – ITAG
EDUROB Project team visited Fandango day care centre
EDUROB Project team visited Fandango day care centre for young people with intellectual disabilities to explore the reactions of the users and professionals, and their availability to use NAO robot in their daily practice. One day info-meeting and visit organized at 10th May 2016.
EDUROB Project educational robotic platforms presented at Science Fair
EDUROB Project presented with robotic platforms (humanoid: NAO, Robotis Mini, Robotis Bioloid; STEM: Lego Mindstorms, Lego NXT, Robotis Ollo) at 4 local Science Fairs in Istanbul during May2016. Science Fair organized by local VET schools and it is funded by Turkish Scientific and Technological Research Council (Tubitak-4006). Total numbers of participants are more than 1500 students and VET teachers.
EDUROB Project team participated NAO Challenge-2016 in Italy
EDUROB project team participated NAO Challenge-2016 event in Bologna, Italy on 7 May 2016 at the Opificio Golinelli.
The NAO Challenge is an annual competition co-organized by Aldebaran (the company that developed the humanoid robot NAO and that produces it). More than 200 students from 42 schools participated the contest and workshops.
Additionaly, EDUROB Project Scientific External Evaluator and AIAS-Bologna invited as jury members to the NAO Challenge event.
This opportunity used to disseminate also EDUROB Project aims and objectives.
EDUROB Project disseminated at Innovation and Entrepreneurship Fair in Turkey
Minister of Labor and Social Security of Turkey made opening speech. EDUROB Project presented at Innovation and Entrepreneurship Fair (Sagif2016) at 13-14 May 2016. Main target groups of the fair were employers from industrial companies and factories, academicians of the universities and representatives of the local NGOs. It gave a good chance to give information about educational robotics and disseminate EDUROB Project.
EDUROB Project team met students at Emilia Romagna region in Italy
EDUROB Project partner AIAS organized interactive robotic days during April and May 2016. Activities held in 5 classrooms from different schools in the Emilia Romagna region. Activities were hosted by AIAS to prepare the NAO Challenge and introduced to EDUROB Project.
EDUROB Project robotic platforms exhibited at SSU Fest in Turkey
EDUROB Project educational robotic platforms were exhibited with dedicated sessions for 2 days during the SSU Fest at 8-9 May 2016. NAO, Lego Mindstorm, Lego NXT, Robotis Mini, Sphero and Makey Makey tried by the students.
EDUROB Project robotic pedagogical methods was discussed with academics at SSU in Turkey
EDUROB Project robotic pedagogical methods was described for academics at SSU in Turkey. Pedagogy requirements based on educators’ interview and educational robotics pedagogical framework presented by the project team for SSU academicians from 2 faculties at 25th April 2016.
EDUROB Project exhibited and demonstrated educational robots at Science in the park 2016
March 11th - 20th 2016 was British Science Week – a celebration of science, technology, engineering and maths across the UK. EDUROB Project team exhibited educational robots and demonstrated robot actions with interactive participation of the students to suit different age levels. There were more than 8000 visitors and it was covered on local TV channel Notts TV.
EDUROB Project educational robot applications workshop organized in Turkey
EDUROB Project educational robot applications workshop organized in in Istanbul at 16th March 2016. 46 students from 2 different VET schools Electric-Electronic Departments participated the workshop with 5 Electronics and Mechatronic teachers.
EDUROB Project workshop with robot applications organized in Italy
EDUROB Project workshop with robot applications organized in Italy at 19th February 2016. It was coordinated by School of Robotics and 10 educators participated the workshop to understand importance of educational robots to acquire social and communication skills of the student with learning difficulties. Teachers learned how to program and control NAO robot.
EDUROB Project team visited Bentinck Primary School and Oak field School
NTU Project team visited Bentinck Primary School and Oak field School at 11th February 2016. School assemblies, all staff and students (key stage 1 and 2) participated the workshop.
EDUROB Project presented at assistive technology and intellectual disability regional network in Italy
EDUROB Project presented at Regional Network on assistive technology and intellectual disability at 28th January 2016. 60 healthcare and educational professionals has participated the presentation of the EDUROB Project. There are 14.017 students with disability and 38.5% of them have intellectual disability in Emilia Romagna region, Italy.
EDUROB Project results presented at ITAG Conference 2015, Nottingham, UK
The Interactive Technologies and Games Conference (ITAG) was held on 22-23 October 2015.
Held annually at Nottingham Trent University it aims to showcase and disseminate research outcomes and usable, accessible and effective open source, freely available games and interactive resources for educational and clinical applications.
Dr. Tom Hughes from NTU presented on Edurob Project stakeholder interview outcomes as combined report from 6 different countries. Here is the presentation link.
Implementing a Robot-Based Pedagogy in the Classroom: Initial Results from Stakeholder Interviews - Thomas Hughes-Roberts, David Brown - 2015 International Conference on Interactive Technologies and Games (IEEE publications)
Standen PJ, Brown DJ, Hedgecock J, RoscoeJ, Galvez Trigo MJ, Elgajiji E (in press) Adapting a humanoid robot for use with children with profound and multiple disabilities International Journal of Child Health and Human Development
To see the ITAG Conference details click here
EDUROB Project Mini Symposium held in The Netherlands
Save the date! 21 October 2015, Maastricht, The Netherlands
Restrictions on participation and social exclusion of children with disabilities have severe consequences for the children themselves, their families, and the health and welfare systems.
The use of information and assistive technology has been shown to be successful in reducing barriers to children’s activity. It is thus vital that educational, health and social professionals are aware of the opportunities offered by emergent technologies, as well as of the effective ways to deliver technological solutions to children and their families in order to ensure children’s involvement in education and society.
To this end, the aim of this Mini-Symposium is to explore current innovations in technology applied to developmental disabilities, and to address the challenges associated to technology-based interventions for both service delivery and policy development.
In particular, the Mini-Symposium highlighted:
• Application of robotics in educational and clinical settings
• Challenges brought about by technological innovation to healthcare and policy development
The Mini-Symposium is for anyone interested in innovation in health care and education of children with special needs, including (but not limited to) occupational therapists, psychologists, speech-language pathologists, teachers, and experts in information technology and assistive technology.
To see the programme please download the invitation
EDUROB Project supported a conference in Krakow, Poland
The Edurob team with the help of the Pedagogic University Krakow have arranged a conference on "Assistive Technology to support Human Development". There will be a number of presentations from the EduRob team and the programme will be enhanced by external presentations from institutions around Europe and beyond.
For the full programme download the pdf document here.
After the event you will be able to download slideshows and watch videos of the talks - come back here for the links!
Fourth management meeting organized in Poland
Edurob Project fourth management meeting held in Krakow on 21st and 22st September 2015. During the meeting project steps presented and discussed.
Topics of the meeting were:
- Educational robotics pedagogy framework
- Curriculum and learning scenarios in 5 learning areas
Imitation – reinforcing behavior.
Cause and effect – associating action with behavior
Problem solving – through spatial reasoning, coordination
Speech – improving speaking and listening through robot interaction
Social learning – how to act, appropriate behavior
- Customized robot interfaces
Means of selection of scenarios to prioritize
Status of purchasing/hiring regarding robotic platforms and devices per country
Robotic platforms that will be developed for
Required platforms for interface
Planning schedule for development
- Educational robotics assessment strategy and instruments
- Presentation on findings from the interim evaluation
- Learning with robots video cases
- Dissemination events attended and planned
- Interim exploitation status
EDUROB Project team visited Alexander House, UK
EDUROB Project team from Nottingham Trent University Interactive Systems Research Group visited Alexander House (Locked Rehabilitation Service) and met John Robertson and Team at 16th September 2015. EDUROB team talked to Clinical Psychologists from the Specialist Services Directorate and gave information about several (6) inmates with learning disabilities discussion of games and robotics.
Third management meeting organized in Lithuania
Edurob Project third management meeting held in Vilnius on 5th and 6th February 2015. During the meeting, each partner presented their findings from the interviews. Initial findings from collated interviews with stakeholders was presented by NTU team.
Penny Stenden from University of Nottingham presented findings from joint UoN and NTU studies at the Oak Field School which could feed into educational robotics assessment strategy and instruments.
Project management team visited Vilnius Atgaja Special School. Participants spent their time with the children at the school.
Interim report plan, national dissemination activities, internal and external evaluation presented by the project partner organisations.
EDUROB Project research findings presented at "Social inclusion in Plovdiv Municipality” workshop in Bulgaria
EDUROB Project research findings presented at” Social inclusion in Plovdiv Municipality” workshop at 13 January 2015, in Plovdiv-Bulgaria.
EDUROB Project aims, target groups and planned activities presented at "Contact Seminar on Adult Learning" in Belgium
EDUROB Project aims, target groups and planned activities presented and leaflets distributed during Contact Seminar on Adult Learning held on 12th to 14th of November 2014 in Brussels, Belgium.
EDUROB Project paper presented at ICDVRAT -2014
10th International Conference on Disability, Virtual Reality and Associated Technologies, held between the 2nd and 4th of September 2014 in the Gothenburg, Sweden.
“Adapting a humanoid robot for use with children with profound and multiple disabilities” paper presented by academicians from Nottingham Trent University and University of Nottingham.
Here is the abstract of the paper:
With all the developments in IT for people with disabilities, few interventions have been designed for people with profound and multiple disabilities as there is little incentive for companies to design and manufacture technology purely for a group of consumers without much buying power. A possible solution is therefore to identify mainstream technology that, with adaptation, could serve the purposes required by those with profound and multiple disabilities. Because of its ability to engage the attention of young children with autism, the role of a humanoid robot was investigated. After viewing a demonstration, teachers of pupils with profound and multiple disabilities described actions they wished the robot to make in order to help nominated pupils to achieve learning objectives. They proposed a much wider range of suggestions for using the robot than it could currently provide. Adaptations they required fell into two groups: either increasing the methods through which the robot could be controlled or increasing the range of behaviors that the robot emitted. These were met in a variety of ways but most would require a degree of programming expertise above that possessed by most schoolteachers.
EDUROB Project disseminated during annual conference of Ministry of Education and Science in Bulgaria
EDUROB project disseminated during annual conference of Ministry of Education and Science at 7th November 2014 in Sofia, Bulgaria.
EDUROB project disseminated through an international conference on inclusive education in Bulgaria
EDUROB project disseminated through an international conference on Inclusive education at 13-14 October 2014 in Sofia, Bulgaria.
EDUROB Project presented at a municipal seminar in Bulgaria
EDUROB Project workpackages, outputs and consortium partners presented at a municipal seminar at 29th September 2014 in Assenovgrad, Bulgaria.
Second management meeting organized in Italy
Edurob Project second management meeting held in Porretta Terme and Bologna on 22nd and 23rd September 2014. During the meeting, each partner presented survey results and literature review.
Plans and approach to “Thematic Pedagogy Analysis Strategy” and “Pedagogy Requirements based on Educators’ Interview” presented and group discussion on these plans and approaches done to reach a consensus on a strategy and interview that is usable and acceptable to the populations that project partners will be working with.
Project management team visited Assistive Technology Centre at Bologna and then continued with presentations about “evaluation instruments”, “external evaluation”, “dissemination plan” and “exploitation strategy”.
EDUROB Project presented at International Conference on Disability, Education and Employment in Turkey
EDUROB Project presented and leaflets distributed during International Conference on Disability, Education and Employment at 19th September 2014 in Izmir, Turkey.
Kick-off meeting organized in United Kingdom
Edurob Project kick-off meeting was held in Nottingham on 27th and 28th February 2014. All partner organizations represented during the meeting and objectives
of the kick-off meeting were;
– To explore the possibilities offered by the Lifelong Learning Program and the spirit of it,
– To underline the importance of projects for disadvantaged groups,
– To define agreed time scale and deadline for each work package,
– To define agreed roles of partner organizations for each work package,
– To create Project Management Group which includes the managers/coordinators of each partner,
– To discuss budget and payment methods,
– To discuss project outputs,
– To learn details of robotic platforms that might use in project.
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