As one of the main problems of the formai education is the high generalisation of the educational process, the main issue is to make students able to have a flexible thinking and to raise awareness of the necessity of skipping the irrelevant hypotheses and/or the ones not validated by the real life experience in favor of the relevant and viable hypotheses. ln this respect, in the educational strategy envisaged in the project the interdisciplinary approach, as well as the use of teaching methods aimed to ease the learning process through a practical way, are focused on creating an environ ment in that the students can learn by play, by having fun and by using hands-on teaching and learning methods. ln this way, the participants to the learning process will be more willing to discover the new and to generate immediate fulfillment of the educational goals. The fast development of the technology, as well as the perpetual changes of the natural and social environments, demand the education pathway starts at a younger age for allowing the long-lasting adaptability of the people mentalities to the technological changes.

Given that the general objective of the European strategy for education and training for the period 2016-2020 focuses on an educational process tailored to the requirements of the labor market and centered on the persona! development and social inclusion, the project ROBOGENIUS aims to:

– develop people’s skills and cover the society need to discover talents and shape them as specialist in the field at an early age
– develop the students’ skills by using a hands-on approach
– adapt the outcomes of the educational pathways to the society needs
– develop the creativity of the individuals
– create a climate of mutual understanding aimed to support a better transition from the school to the labor market.

The project addresses both to students at pre-university education level (general education and VETI and to teachers involved in the educational process with the mentioned students. Through its transnational aspect, the project generates added value for each of the partners involved in the consortium, facilitating in this way not only the development of innovation at the European level, but also the exchange of experience in adapting the project outcomes to different local/regional/national contexts. By the long term impact and dissemination of the project results, it allows the creation of new educational communities by involving:

– schools and adult education providers
– teachers, trainers and people involved in formai, non-formai and informai education
– students and young people from different countries with a passion to the exploration of the technological areas such as robotics, software programming and ICT application.

The specific objectives of the project ROBOGENIUS are: to explore the innovative approach of the learning pathways through interdisciplinary education and play, by using the new technologies and Lego education for interdisciplinary teaching by the development of robotics activities and related workshops with the target groups of the partners involved in the consortium and with the cooperation of the associated partners; to identify the main obstacles at European/regional/national/local level through the implementation of the new approach to the different systems of education of the schools involved in the project; to generate referential and inspiring results for the schools interested to include robotics and learning by play in their curriculum; to insure a long-term sustainable impact to the partners involved in the consortium; to create a platform for an international forum of robotics, seen as a “nursery” for the educational centers embracing the interdisciplinary approach through play and by using the hi-tech means and Lego Educational.
The tangible project results expected to be delivered du ring the project and on its completion are: Project identity; Training kit; Best practice guide; Contest methodology and eBook with ISBN.

This project has been funded with support from the European Commission.
This publication reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.