Editorial: Special issue “Teaching robotics, teaching with robotics”

Dimitris Alimisis, Michele Moro


This special issue arose from the 3rd International Workshop “Teaching robotics, teaching with robotics” held in Riva del Garda (Trento), Italy, April 20, 2012. The workshop was aimed to promote exchange and sharing of experiences among researchers in the field of educational robotics and continued the tradition of two previous successful workshops in Venice (SIMPAR, 2008) and in Darmstadt (2010) organized by the TERECoP (2009) project partnership.

The focus of the workshop was on the integration of educational robotics in school curriculum, which raises challenging issues on two important topics: the effective management of the direct and indirect positive effects of the laboratorial robotics activities in a wide spectrum of disciplines and the development of new assessment tools more suitable to a learning-by-doing approach. Several efforts which were developed during last two years at European level for integrating robotics in tertiary and school education, mainly in science and technology subjects, were presented in the workshop and are reported in the workshop proceedings. After the workshop, the authors of papers representative of the different thematic areas discussed at the workshop were invited to offer an improved and extended version; six of those papers were finally selected after double peer review and are included in this issue.

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