Assoc. Prof. Nayden Chivarov has presented the article Network of IcT Robo Clubs “NITRO Clubs...Read More
NITRO Clubs EU
An Erasmus+ Project
Who are we and what is the perpous of the program
The most wanted professions today did not exist ten years ago. In another ten years, robots will do 65% of the work we do today. The EU Industrial Policy Strategy defines robotics as an integral part of the Key Enabling Technologies (KETs) with the most important share in the growth of the European industries. Therefore, greater attention must be focused on how robots can be better integrated into the lives of young people and their education.
Robots have great potential in being utilized as an educational technology. They can be used as a powerful edutainment platform – combining the traditional and innovative didactic methods and the educational content in mathematics, physics, computers, electronics, mechanical engineering, and even artificial intelligence, with the experience of gamified learning.
Our project NITRO Clubs EU builds a Network of IcT Robo Clubs, but more importantly, the project will provide the infrastructure, the know-how and the tools for its sustainable development and further expansion beyond the project limits. The main objective of the project team is to contribute to the enhancement of the open, innovative education on KETs in the partnering countries and the region. Additionally, it aims to foster social inclusion and to provide learning opportunities to VET students from schools with insufficient availability of equipment, thus providing equal access to the educational content for all students.
The project envisions to create the Network of IcT Robo Clubs by delivering the following intellectual outputs
Creating a Network of IcT Robo Clubs will significantly help raise the interest of young people in studying IT and robotics through smooth transition from secondary schools to university. This transition assumes practical activities that will be done in the clubs established in this project.
The Network of IcT Robo clubs is designed to last. The peer-to-peer support structure is self-sustainable. Moreover, the network will be supported and further developed by the robotics community with support of the associated project partners – Bulgarian Robotics Association, Scientific and Engineering Union, Cluster AT + R – Slovakia and Institute of Solid Mechanics within the Romanian Academy. Additionally, the multiplier events will provide regional outreach. Furthermore, all resources will be publicly available and all VET schools and teachers in Europe may benefit from them.
VET schools all over EU can play an important role for the seamless integration of robots in everyday lives in schools via extra-class IcT Robo Clubs activities, fostering the corresponding KET competences. The project contributes to the implementation of the Industrial Policy Strategy of the European Commission.