Università Politecnica delle Marche (UNIVPM), founded in 1969, is based in Ancona and geographically dislocated in the Marche region. UNIVPM permanently employs more than 1000 academics and technical/administration staff. Among the 12 departments of the UNIVPM, 7 of them were ranked as “excellent” by the Italian Ministry of Research and University (MIUR). UNIVPM participates in RoboAquaria with DII and LabMACS.
DII (Information Engineering Department) is structured in many research groups having homogeneous scientific interests: Engineering, Circuit Theory, Discrete Optimization, Electrical and electronic measurements, Electronics, Robotics and Mechatronics, Signal processing, Software Engineering, System and Control Theory, and Telecommunications.
LabMACS (Laboratory of Modelling, Analysis and Control of Dynamical Systems), directed by Prof. David Scaradozzi, has the equipment to work on educational robotics, underwater robotics, industrial automation, home automation, and mechatronics. Specifically, the laboratory’s main equipment includes 3d printers, bipedal and quadrupedal robots, underwater and marine vehicles.
The University of Zagreb is the flagship educational institution in the country with 31 faculties, 3 art academies and various university centers and departments. UNIZG offers education programmes in all scientific fields and a broad spectrum of courses at all study levels. UNIZG Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing has, among others, vast experience in the field of educational robotics, STEM popularization for education purposes, e-learning and gamification. The Faculty has developed valuable international cooperation with many research institutions around the world.
The University of the Aegean (UAegean) was founded in 1984 aiming to introduce new approaches in higher education in Greece and worldwide and to promote regional development. Situated in 6 picturesque islands in the Aegean Archipelago, the UAegean offers a unique natural, cultural and human environment for modern studies in the ancient cradle of knowledge.
The RoboAquaria research team, led by Nancy Pyrini as Contact Person and responsible for the design of the proposals and, Professor Emeritus Costas Tsolakidis as Scientific Responsible of the projects, has been established in 2015 and since then has successfully completed five Erasmus+ projects, including the RoboPisces, and has seven projects in progress.
Primary school Osnovna škola Tituša Brezovačkog is a public school founded in 1964 in Zagreb.
The school is in the western part of Zagreb, in a growing suburb, and has 1100 students, from 7 to 14 years old, classified into 43 grades. Seventy teachers are working in the school. We have three specialist associates (pedagogue, speech therapists, and psychologists). Students learn English and German languages, and we are recognized as an experienced Erasmus + project school. For over 20 years, our School cooperates with Zagreb University and Croatian Agency for Education. Our school is a practicum for university students of Teacher Academy, Physics, and Pedagogy so teachers implement new pedagogical approaches and creativity in their daily classroom. Our school motto is “School that grows with the students,” Our goal is to have students eager to learn who love to go to school. The school has extensive extra-curricular activities, especially those fostering knowledge of STEM subjects like Astronomy, Robotics, GLOBE, and Abacus. There is a special program for gifted students in the STEM area.
ICS Largo Cocconi educational complex, established in Rome (Centocelle), consists of three schools accommodating 1239 students and employing 159 teachers from the Primary and Secondary school orders. The school has hosted international students from all continents for the last decades. Its staff is very enthusiastic about supporting international projects since they strongly believe that exchange and contamination are opportunities to improve students’ characteristics. Educational curricula are provided with art, music, and drama courses, and for the last 13 years, Educational Robotic courses have been supplied to improve students’ computational thinking. The Headmaster, Wanda Giacomini has been leading the Institute since 2007, managing it with an innovative perspective, conciliating the visions of all the different educational actors, and organizing the teachers’ formation teams.
The school is one of the largest Comprehensive Institutes in the province of Ancona, with around 1,300 students. All kindergartens, primary and secondary schools in Loreto are part of it. One of the main goals is to give relevance to European values in the community and strengthen language learning (English, French, and Spanish) using the most modern methodologies. The school has recently improved its ICT skills and equipment. In some classes, all students and teachers work with iPads, Apple TV, touch screens, and STEM tools. The Institute has been experiencing a strong push towards innovation (both pedagogical and technological) for the last three years. We have just ended a KA220 partnership about robotics in RoboPisces Project. Teachers and students learnt about new programming systems, and pupils experienced the use of robot fish with which they could simultaneously reflect on robotics and the environment.
Future In Perspective Ltd. is a private company based in the border region of Ireland specialising in the areas of education and e-learning, media production, strategic planning and business development and evaluation. Through our work on national and EU funded projects, we have engaged and supported local youth groups, migrant communities, older persons, and individuals who have been absent from education to re-engage with service providers and mainstream education and training offerings. We also have expertise in supporting businesses in niche markets such as the creative, cultural and green sectors to develop sustainable business models. In addition, we have collaborated with young people and adults to deliver a range of diverse programmes in the areas of media production and career management – supporting the next generation of creative individuals to build and sustain successful careers in the sector.
ANcybernetics is an academic spin-off of the Università Politecnica delle Marche that was established in 2021 to meet the growing need for educational technologies in the fourth industrial revolution. The company specializes in underwater robotics and supports learning processes for all generations through curriculum-enhanced robotics kits, online courses, workshop activities, and recreational programs. With more than twenty years of experience in the world of underwater and educational robotics, ANcybernetics is committed to being a technical partner in research projects in educational and marine robotics. This commitment is a result of the company’s DNA, which is rooted in research and connection with academia. By engaging in similar projects, ANcybernetics is expanding as a brand on a European and international level, creating new synergies and establishing itself as an innovator in the world of robotics as a function of learning and research.
CARDET is the leading research and development centre in the Mediterranean region with global expertise in adult education, language learning, digital skills, inclusion and capacity building. As the largest independent non-profit centre based in Cyprus, CARDET is independently affiliated with universities and institutions from around the world, such as the Yale University, the University of Nicosia and the International Council of Educational Media. Our team, in partnership with EAEA, has recently developed the lifelong learning strategy 2021-2027 for Cyprus, engaging several ministries, government agencies, social partners, and public and private stakeholders.
INNOVADE is a social innovation organisation with extensive expertise in designing and implementing projects and solutions in diverse settings around the globe. The team has decades of expertise in implementing over 100 projects in more than 30 countries. Areas of engagement have a primary focus on bringing about positive change in organisations and social systems. Expertise includes Adult Education, Vocational Training, Social Innovation, Social Entrepreneurship, Capacity building and Information and Communications Technology. Its goal is to assist stakeholders in defining and attaining their Strategic Goals and achieving their operational objectives by providing an exceptional level of expert support. INNOVADE works with organisations to help them streamline technological advancements and productivity tools into their processes to ensure that they improve performance, increase productivity and profitability.