A National Information Seminar for primary and secondary school teachers was held by the Czech Society for Cybernetics and Informatics (CSKI) with the theme of robotics on 7 October in Prague. The event was organised in cooperation with the National Centre for Industry 4.0 and the Czech Institute of Informatics, Robotics and Cybernetics.
New framework educational programmes around informatics can cause concern for headteachers, especially if they are not experts in the field. Furthermore, many schools have a shortage of qualified teachers. CSKI has long offered Czech schools the opportunity to use standardised ICDL certifications to streamline the teaching process, overcoming the challenges of going it alone.
As part of the National Information Seminar, participants learnt about the new ICDL Robotics module, heard a lecture on autonomous vehicles and visited an Industry 4.0 testbed experimental workplace.
“We believe that Robotics must become an integral part of the education system, but we do not consider it wise to impose it on everybody. Czech schools and their pupils have the freedom, through this very educational ICDL exam, to objectively measure the results of education, compare them with international standards of digital skills and to obtain an internationally valid certificate of qualification in Robotics.” explains Jiri Chabera, Director of ECDL Czech Republic Workgroup at the CSKI.
The ICDL Robotics module, in which various types of robotics kits can be used, is also part of the accredited retraining program of the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports for the clients of the Job Centres, which focuses on digital skills for Industry 4.0.