In order to enthuse girls and boys about MINT topics from an early school age and to nip in the bud any fears they might have relating to technology and natural sciences or to stop them from developing in the first place, Fraunhofer IAIS has been offering certified Roberta teacher training courses for well over ten years now.
The Roberta teacher training course
- talks participants through the handling of the robot kits
- shows them how to safely use the robots' hardware and software
- grounds the course content using examples and experiments.
Discussions about behavioral differences between girls and boys in robot courses take priority, as future Roberta teachers should also be focussing on a gender-appropriate course content.
Central to the development, quality assurance and expansion of Roberta courses is the national and international RobertaRegioZentren network. Their aim is to support interested teaching staff and participants within their region. They are also where certified Roberta teachers are given their teaching and learning materials and are able to borrow robot kits for their Roberta courses if required. With help from the EU financed “Roberta Goes EU” project, the Roberta concept has been successfully extended to further EU countries since 2005.