A seminar where students sit with their backs to the camera.
The robotics seminar of the Nesttec project was held at the Imatra spa at the end of November. Timo Pappinen lecturing.

The digital skills of the future are developed with the help of programming and robotics

8.12.2022 12:43
In the New Stream of Technology project, a seminar on robotics was organized at the Imatra spa on November 21.11.2022, XNUMX. Experts familiar with information technology and digitization told schoolchildren about the possibilities of programming and robotics. 

Digital trainer Jukka Lehtoranta From Islacat Edu Oy kseparated what all we can learn with the help of programming and robotics.

We are living at a historical turning point, the age of digitalization, which is changing our world very widely. What is interesting in the era of digitalization is especially what kind of opportunities it opens up and what kind of skills we can learn and replace with the help of digitalization, Lehtoranta said.

Persistence is rewarded

According to Lehtoranta, in the era of digitalization, the importance of understanding programming and robotics is emphasized, and they can also be used to learn new things.

With the help of programming and robotics, we can learn, for example, attitudes towards ourselves and technology, multi-literacy, programming thinking and influencing and producing.

Programming is not always easy and it often requires persistence and perseverance from the author. Lehtoranta says that the difference between a good and a bad programmer is who gives up. 

A skilled programmer keeps trying despite failures. He also doesn't try to add up, instead he constantly changes the method, changes one thing and sees if it achieves the desired end result.

Practical examples of robots

Familiar with robotics of information and communication technology lecturer Timo Pappinen association of educational municipalities From Riveria told about different robots and their operation using practical examples. 

There are different ways to program robots. For example, graphic programming is often based on the Scratch programming language developed by MIT, where blocks are either connected to each other or connected with lines.

After programming, robots can perform various functions. At their simplest, they can be programmed to follow simple commands, such as moving forward and making turns. Today, more advanced robots, such as the social robot Misa presented by Pappinen, are able to react to voice commands and interact with their environment.

Made in the USA, the Misa robot can, for example, see, hear and learn. It can help with everyday chores or answer questions put to it.

Students participating in the seminar also had the opportunity to try out the functions of social robots. After the introductions, the day's program continued with demonstrations of robots built by the students themselves.

The event was part of the New Stream of Technology project co-financed by the European Union. 

For more information:

Project manager Aleksi Laaksonen, tel. 020 617 2228, alexi.laaksonenatimatra.fi (aleksi[dot]laaksonen[at]imatra[dot]fi)

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