Robotics for kids
During its first phase (2010-2014), NCCR Robotics developed the Thymio robot, a mobile robot increasingly used to teach robotics and programming.
Between 2014 and 2018 it was followed by Cellulo, a modular, hand-controlled robot with great potential for education: it allows rich forms of interactions with learners, a broad range of learning activities (physics, mathematics, geography, games) and smooth integration with classroom practice and low cost.
This achievement coincides with the sudden rise of interest from policy makers and academic leaders for both learning technologies and computational thinking skills. We work regularly with schools and teachers to use these platforms to increase young students’ interest in robotics and teach computational thinking, through activities such as simulated robotic “missions” and dedicated training modules.