August 23, 2021 15:59
Robotics for inclusive education

The RiIDE Robotics programme, which spans four countries and seven organizations, including ELTE supports the development of children with special educational needs with the help of robotics. Read more about this project in the interview of ELTE with Katalin Mohai, psychologist and special needs teacher, Csilla Kálózi-Szabó, psychologist and Brigitta Miksztai-Réthey, IT teacher, from ELTE Bárczi Gusztáv Faculty of Special Needs Education.

What is the Ride Robotics project about?

Brigitta Miksztai-Réthey: The programme teaches situations of real-life problems and methods for solving them: planning, teamwork, prioritization, social skills. It is like a simplified version of a project management curriculum written for children. In the case of children with special educational needs, the focus was on attention deficit, hyperactivity, reading disorder and high-functioning autism spectrum disorder.

When the Erasmus+ call for applications was posted, it was clear that we would apply. A consortium of four countries and seven organizations was established for the project, led by the Abacusan Studio, with the participation of the Free University of Bozen-Bolzano and Interonline Cooperacion 2001 (Artec's partner in Spain), in addition to ELTE Bárczi Gusztáv Faculty of Special Needs Education. Four schools were involved in the testing, two from Hungary, one from Romania and one from Italy.

In the official project "Robotics for the Inclusive Development of Atypical and Typical Children", we use Artec robots. This system is similar to LEGO, except that the building blocks have no top and bottom and can be rotated in any direction. Therefore, this product gives greater freedom and develops the spatial-visual and logical skills of the children.

To read the full interview click HERE.

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