The School of Robotics (Scuola di Robotica) is an Educational and Training Center Certified by the Italian Ministry of Education and member of the European Robotics Platform. It has extensive experience in employing robotics to support educational needs. A Committee consisting of robotics scientists and of scholars in Humanities has instituted School of Robotics (2000), and it serves as Scientific Committee. The aim of the “Scuola di Robotica” is to promote the knowledge of the science of Robotics among students and young people, from early childhood to high school education. It provides also for the widest practicable and appropriate dissemination of information concerning the results of the R&D in the field of Robotics, ICT and of about complementary developments of other disciplines (Artificial Intelligence, Neuroscience, Philosophy, Psychology, Applied Ethics, Education). Scuola di Robotica has been key in promoting Roboethics (Ethical, Legal and Societal Aspects in Robotics – ELSA) and it was the ELSA Partner and Referee for the European Action CARE (Coordination Action for Robotics in Europe). It is a member of the European Robotics Association and of the European Centre for Women and Technology ECWT). It is the National Centre of the Project Roberta, Girls Discover Robot; Regional Partner of the FIRST® LEGO® League (FLL); it is the National Coordinator of EC euRobotics Week; and NAO Challenge Ambassador for Italy. School of Robotics is deeply involved in the study of the complex interaction between Robotics and Society, and is supporting the international project for the development of Roboethics, the ethics applied to robotics. The main aims of Robot at School are:
Understanding the impact of ICT, of Robotics and of new technologies in general with regard to the processes and learning methodologies;
Technical, scientific and methodological update for the teachers working in secondary technical and vocational schools;
Development and diffusion of a highly innovative didactic methodology through a multidisciplinary Virtual Laboratory on the Internet.;
Promoting cooperation between the different disciplines with regard to the realisation of an innovative experiment;
Promoting knowledge and responsible use of ICT and the New Media.