The Karel project was selected as one of the European Commission’s success stories.
The multilateral Comenius partnership brought together four institutions from Poland, Greece, Turkey, and Romania. The purpose of the Karel project was to develop curricular materials for science and technology learning with robots. Karel is a recursive acronym for Karel – Autonomous Robot for Enhancing Learning, and it is a tribute to Karel Čapek, the Czech writer who introduced the word robot. Karel project has been initiated and coordinated by Mihai Agape.
Karel project was interdisciplinary, challenging, and promoted teamwork, innovation and lifelong learning. During the two years of the project we designed, built and tested three prototypes of Karel, an autonomous, mobile, flexible, and low-cost robotic platform for secondary schools. In order to help other people to use Karel platform we created platform’ user manual and a short robotics dictionary. These are freely available in electronic format, and are useful for the schools that want to start a robotics course.
The Karel project involved both pupils (girls, and boys ages 14 to 19), and teachers (women, and men). They used and developed their competences in mathematics, ICT, technology, sciences, curriculum design, and languages. Due to the many problematic situations that arisen, the participants developed their competence in problem solving. We cooperated inside of partnership but also with companies, and former partners’ students.
We disseminated Karel project during two international conferences: Scientix 2 (Brussels), and TTTNet (Sofia). We organized four symposiums (one in each partner’s country), and three international robotics competitions (two in Poland, and one in Romania). The participants appreciated the features of the Karel robot.
In the future, we can improve the Karel platform in many ways: adding new I/O devices; redesigning some electronics modules; write new codes; developing a visual programming environment; creating new lesson plans in different STEAM fields.
This project has been funded with support from the European Commission.
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