Du ring the upcoming project week, a selection of S3 pupils will work with Lego Mindstorms sets to learn about robotics, coding, and environmental issues and to gain insights into the benefits of working on projects in teams. This project is meant as a pilot to make the robotics and coding possibilities provided by Lego Education available for future teaching and projects at the European School. Furthermore, it is an excellent opportunity to prepare the students for more advanced projects in the FabLab. Lego Mindstorms is an excellent way to spark interest and skills in coding and robotics as it gives students the experience of being able to affect the physical world around them.
At our November meeting, the APEEE Board agreed to provide co-funding for the purchase of 16 Lego Mindstorms EV3 sets. These sets will be used as part of a project week pilot project but should also be used by the school in early secondary ICT courses and in special teaching or extra-curricular modules. It was felt that Mindstorms provided a good early introduction to robotics and coding; sets also come with a rich supply of instructional and educational material that will help guide teachers in their use. The APEEE hopes these sets will spark student interest in computing and electronics during their formative years and will complement the more advanced facilities and equipment offered by the FabLab.
For two years, the APEEE’s Pedagogical Working Group (PedGroup) has included a sub-group on educational support coordinated by Sven Matzke. The subgroup has recently set up two networks of parents dealing with (1) educational support and (2) gifted pupils. The aim of both networks is to provide interested parents with relevant information and to organise dedicated meetings for an exchange of experience.
Parents having an interest in educational support and/or support for gifted pupil can address their questions to Please indicate clearly your name, email address and the network in which you are interested.