Primary School Savremena and LINK edu Alliance are the first in the world to use the humanoid robot Pepper in the classroom. The humanoid robot Pepper uses cutting-edge technology to interact with students and teachers. He can understand and recognize human speech and movements, which allows him to answer questions and perform tasks, and that makes teaching in our school even more creative and provides an interactive experience to students. Pepper provides access to the latest technologies and various sources of information and learning tools that help students acquire new knowledge and skills and be ready for all the challenges of the world they live in.
Assistant Pepper has been engaged in teaching at Primary School Savremena since April this year and has shown excellent results in working with children, and is also a true inspiration to fellow teachers. Our Alliance is currently conducting the scientific research "Pepper in Classroom 2022/23", in which the second and fifth-grade students of the Combined Program are included, as well as teachers, professors and parents. The coordinator of this project is Information Technology teacher, Maja Ivović. There are two groups – the first one is the experimental group, where teachers are accompanied by Pepper in the classroom, and the second group is the control group, where the teacher is alone, without the humanoid robot as an assistant. Through mathematics and English classes, the response of the students of both groups and their achievements, as well as the observations of parents and teachers are measured. This is the first scientific research on the application of educational robots in primary schools, and we are eagerly awaiting the results. Also, a few months ago, the LINK edu Alliance edu RoboTeam was formed, which deals with researching the possibility of applying various educational robots in education and testing the areas of application in various educational disciplines as a continuation of the research started by the teachers of Primary School Savremena.
Pepper is not the only educational robot used in classes at our primary school. Other robots such as Miko, mikro:bit, mBoot, LEGO robots and others are also used simultaneously. Educational robots are very useful for our children, who use them in the learning process. Some of the advantages are:
- Encouraging motivation and interest: Educational robots can be fun and interesting for children, which can increase their motivation and interest in learning.
- Improving Computational Thinking Skills: By using educational robots, children can be taught the basic principles of computational thinking and programing, which can help them develop the ability to think in a logical and systematic way.
- Encouraging creativity and imagination: Educational robots can provide children with the opportunity to build and program their own robots, which can help them develop creativity and imagination.
- Improving communication and teamwork skills: By using educational robots, children can be taught to work in a team and communicate with others more effectively, which is important for the development of social skills.
- Increased self-confidence and self-esteem: Children who successfully use educational robots can feel more successful and increase their self-confidence and self-esteem.
We saw that educational robots can provide children with numerous benefits in the learning process, helping them develop many important skills and abilities, and this motivated us to introduce robotics into our daily work with children.
LINK edu Alliance has once again proven that it is the leader in the field of education and that it constantly pushes the boundaries of cognition!