Robots, Apps and Gadgets
  • Room 605, Rolle Building, Plymouth University

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As part of the ESRC Festival of Social Science 2017, we are providing a morning of activities for children and families based on our findings from two current European projects. 

One project, Robo21C, aimed to develop skills and understanding of robotics and programming and enable primary school pupils to apply their newly acquired skills to become responsible, confident and creative users of ICT. The second project, PhenoloGIT is focused on designing, building and testing a collaboratively created educational environmental App and information platform for use on everyday mobile devices (phones and tablets with GPS). 

Participants will have the opportunity to take part in a variety of hands-on activities involving robots, photography and an interactive map developed in partnership with children and teachers around Europe.

Attendance at this event is by invitation only and queries should be directed to the Children's University on 01752 587967 or devoncu@plymouth.ac.uk.

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Biography: Dr Jan Georgeson

Jan is a Senior Research Fellow in the Plymouth Institute of Education conducting independent research projects and collaborating with colleagues in the development of research into professional development and interprofessional working particularly in the early years sector. 

Jan’s research is strongly influenced by sociocultural and activity theory, in particular when applied to organisational structure, interactional style and approaches to pedagogy. Jan has been involved in a number of European research projects investigating the role of technology in supporting children’s learning with a particular focus on ways to develop 21st century skills.

About the ESRC Festival of Social Science

(extract from the ESRC* website)

The ESRC Festival of Social Science offers a fascinating insight into some of the country's leading social science research and how it influences our social, economic and political lives - both now and in the future.

You may be surprised at just how relevant the festival's events are to society today. Social science research makes a difference. Discover how it shapes public policy and contributes to making the economy more competitive, as well as giving people a better understanding of 21st century society. From big ideas to the most detailed observations, social science affects us all everyday - at work, in school, when raising children, within our communities, and even at the national level.


Everyone - from schoolchildren to politicians - can take part in and hear about social science research in the festival's many engaging events.

This celebration of the social sciences takes place across the UK - via public debates, conferences, workshops, interactive seminars, film screenings, virtual exhibitions and much more.

Visit the ESRC Festival of Social Science website for more information about the festival.

* ESRC - Economic and Social Research Council.


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