Welcome to the "FERTILE" Project
The “FERTILE” is an Erasmus Plus KA2 project promoting contemporary pedagogies that embrace cross-disciplinary learning by integrating Educational Robotics (ER) with Arts towards cultivating Computational Thinking (CT) skills in a blended learning context.
The “FERTILE” project’s core mission is designing Artful Educational Robotics (ER) projects for blended learning contexts.
In the post-pandemic era, it seems to open up opportunities for a digital transformation,
Exploring the potential of integrating ER in a meaningful blended learning context by using ER simulators and enabling educators to co-design in a community platform holds the potential of promoting the post-pandemic digital transformation in education.
The “FERTILE” project aims to support educators in designing for blended learning by integrating ER simulators and remote collaboration into the educational practice.
To this end, the main innovation of this approach lies in the way of synthesizing Arts with Robotics to promote Computational Thinking. On the one hand, Arts as a discipline entails Computational Thinking, for example creating art involves problem-solving, representation of expression patterns (e.g. Chekhov pauses, storytelling techniques, animated characters), algorithm development (e.g. directing a choreography), grasp the main idea of a literary text (summary or interpretation). On the other hand, Robotics, physical or online, can be considered a functional part of such processes; students create robots to represent behaviors, scenes, motifs of poems, or to describe a story in creative and out-of-the-box ways.
Presentation: “Robots go on stage: The FERTILE project” during a scientific meeting – March 2023
.The UniWA team presented “Robots go on stage: The FERTILE project” during a scientific meeting organised by the department of Theatre Studies of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens on March 10th 2023.
As the meeting focused on promoting the interdisciplinarity of Theater studies with Scientific studies, the UniWA team had the chance to promote the “FERTILE” initiative of synthesising Educational Robotics with Arts.