Commanded via tablet, the e.DO robot allows for the application of what is learned in theory.
“E.DO was born in Italy and we identified the opportunity to bring this innovative teaching proposal to Brazil”, explains Fernando Elias, FCA Community Relations and Sustainability Coordinator for Latin America. Thus, Comau has developed five e.DO robot kits especially made for educational robotics. The Jeep Automotive Plant came up with the communication and logistics actions with SESI-PE and the public schools in Goiana and SESI, which already works regularly with technology, enabled the project with teachers and the physical structure.
For the implementation of the e.DO Learning Center, Comau provided training to four SESI-PE teachers and six teachers and technicians from the Goiana municipal education network, who were certified to work with the e.DO robot. SESI classes started in early November and as of February students from the municipal public network will also be part of the project. The six-month pilot phase allows for 780 elementary and high school students to be contemplated.
According to Fernando Elias, using the robotics laboratory is part of an active education. The teacher is a facilitator and the student learns by solving real problems collaboratively, which enables the development of so-called soft skills (skills that involve mental, emotional and social skills and include creativity and teamwork). For Fernando, this is a big differential compared to the usual classes. In addition, STEAM subjects involve skills required in current and upcoming jobs and job offerings. Thus, the project also improves the youngster’s chances of entering the professional market.
Education from new perspectives
With the educational platform developed for this project, teachers use the e.DO robot to promote an unconventional learning approach. According to Donatella Pinto, Global Director of Human Resources at Comau, “Technological innovation paves the way for new teaching and learning methods. With this project, Comau once again demonstrates its belief in the potential of new generations and their ability to guide the digital transformation that is already taking place. ”
Marcino Rodrigues, Professor of Mathematics and Robotics at SESI-PE, says that students' education is divided into three modules, which vary according to the grade they are in. High school students will complete the first module by December of this year and the following semester will be the other two. The elementary students will study all three modules adapted to their grade next year. The teacher explains that, in practice, the project encourages students to experience educational skills with a robot identical to those in industries, but smaller size. “This allows for the student to establish a good relationship with cutting-edge technologies, through a stimulating environment created in interface with robotics. The teacher gives them a challenge and the students solve it by using the theoretical and practical content”, he says.