Today’s students live in a world that greatly differs from the world that previous generations used to live in. The rapidly evolving technology and the penetration of intelligent devices in every facet of day-to-day life and society make it necessary to prepare students for life in 21st century. Creativity, critical thinking and problem solving, communication and collaboration are essential skills that students need to gain today in order to have a place in the society of tomorrow.
Tektrain aims to provide students, parents and educators with a new object-to-think-with, a tool for constructing knowledge while students explore its application in real-life scenarios. The goal is to provide a complete educational solution based on experiential and active learning, teamwork and interactivity. In this vein, students are invited to design, develop, implement and share their solutions to open-ended problems, inspired by everyday life experiences. Thus, robotics knowledge and practices are interconnected as students manipulate both the hardware -adjusting robot sensors at will- and the software -programming the behavior of the robot and integrating intelligent functions. Students get an understanding of how robots operate, their artificial intelligence and interaction with the environment and, at the same time, they gain computational thinking skills like abstraction and decomposition, pattern recognition and algorithmic thinking.