I hear and I forget.
I see and I remember.
I do and I understand.
Confucius, 551-479 BC
With more than 30,000 children and young people in over 600 documented Roberta courses – Roberta is now a permanent fixture in the German education landscape! Over the past ten years the concept, which was developed by Fraunhofer IAIS, has inspired thousands of young people, particularly girls, to take a more active interest in science and technology. It works through ...
- boosting and promoting an understanding of technology at school, apprenticeship and university levels in a gender-appropriate manner and
- immersing girls and boys from as young as ten years old in the fascinating world of mobile robots using real robot kits
Roberta teacher, whether they are trained and certified multipliers working in the education system or working directly within the Roberta network, are able to provide hands-on robot courses. They can also access teaching and learning materials from the Roberta series which are gender-appropriate and suitable for use in a classroom setting.
The Roberta initiative aims to engage and motivate girls and boys to take a sustained long-term interest in information technology, technology and the natural sciences. The Roberta training concept defines "sustained long-term motivation" as simultaneously imparting cognitive knowledge – in this instance from the world of STEM topics – and positive emotions. Only if both are achieved at the same time do students learn – or phrased differently achieve sustainable results.
Roberta acknowledges that girls and boys approach STEM topics differently and the concept is designed to ensure that girls too can conquer technology, enjoy it and be successful in applying it – at school and beyond.