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A robotics curriculum

In this experiment we will be creating and implementing a local curriculum in the basics of robotics for grades three through seven and elective classes for grades six, eight and nine.

What are the goals you are looking to achieve in this experiment?

Our goal is to plan and develop a robotics curriculum in the city of Riihimäki that will continue from third grade up until college. We aim to encourage girls and boys to pursue careers in the field of technology, for example by introducing students to engineering or manufacturing by learning about the local livelihood and industry. In the long run we hope that each school that teaches robotics has at least one associate business in the industry to continuously collaborate with.

What are the concrete steps of your experiment?

During the experiment the robotics courses will be implemented stage by stage into the Riihimäki city’s basic education curriculum. Possibilities of broadening the concept and implementing it into the city’s high schools or vocational schools and colleges will be trialled. We aim to bring local industry and education facilitators closer together so that students can get acquainted to the field of technology and to all it entails.

How will the experiment proceed in the spring of 2017?

In January 2017 we will be organizing the first official robotics Vex IQ - competition in partnership with Roboedu ry and other associates. The most successful teams will proceed to compete in the European championships.

The fifth grade robotics experiments will commence in two of the local primary schools in February 2017. The specifics in the robotics curriculum will be processed in May by the Education Board.

By the end of spring 2017 we will be training faculty members for a second time. This program will train twelve to sixteen primary and secondary school teachers. We will also acquire the required IQ and EDR robotics learning environments for schools.

How will this experiment change the way we educate?

A unified curriculum that continues authentically from grade three up until college is a completely new innovation in Finland.

The new approach to building the bridge between schools and industry in the field of robotics gives insight in developing education and may be able to encourage more girls and boys to pursue careers in technology.

Pedagogically speaking the experiment is taking Finland’s new core curriculum broad-band competencies holistically into account.

Potential partnerships / schools:

Harjunrinne Comprehensive School, Kara, Pohjolanrinne, Peltosaari and Uramo Schools.

Later as the experiment progresses: all other primary schools in the city of Riihimäki as well as the upper secondary schools and Hyria Ltd. Orimattila Comprehensive School, Raumanmeri School, Maaselkä School and Oulu University Teacher Training Program and Oulu University Teacher Training school.

Contact Information

Organization: Sivistyspalvelukeskus

Contact person: Esa Santakallio

Contact email: esa.santakallio@riihimaki.fi

Riihimäki Finland