"Competent use of digital media"
"Understanding code means understanding today's world. The digital revolution has not only changed the labour market, but also in everyday life and leisure time, we encounter technologies and algorithms in many places - sometimes obviously, at other times rather covertly. Young people naturally move around in this world, growing up in and with it. Accompanying them in this process and training them in the safe and competent use of digital media is one of the essential challenges of modern school and extracurricular education."
Dr. Wieland Holfelder, Engineering Director Google Germany
"Roberta motivates girls and boys"
"The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft has also been involved in the promotion of young researchers for many years. Pupil laboratories, competitions and talent academies teach pupils how to use technology in a playful way. This also includes the "Roberta - Learning with robots" project, which was launched in 2002 with funding from the BMBF and which has now been further developed into “Open Roberta”, an open programming platform for children, young people and teachers. “Roberta is very successful in motivating girls and boys to become interested in computer science, technology and natural sciences."
Prof. Dr. Johanna Wanka, Federal Minister of Education and Research, patron of the "Open Roberta" project
"More than ten years ago, Fraunhofer IAIS launched the `Roberta - Learning with robots´ initiative to make it easier for children and young people of school age to gain access to mathematics, computer science, natural sciences and technology (MINT). With `Open Roberta´ we are expanding the Roberta concept with exciting technological innovations and at the same time simplifying the handling in everyday school and extracurricular life. I wish all Roberta students and teachers a lot of fun programming with Open Roberta!"
Prof. Dr. Stefan Wrobel, Director of Fraunhofer IAIS
"Inspiring children and young people for technology"
“Fraunhofer attaches great importance to equal professional opportunities and therefore promotes the MINT interest of girls and young women in a targeted way through its youth programs. Roberta is a good example of how children and young people of all ages can be inspired by technology. The further development to "Open Roberta" is a logical next step, and I wish the Fraunhofer IAIS every success and much curiosity and enthusiasm to the children, young people and teachers.”
Prof. Dr. Alexander Kurz, Fraunhofer Board Member for Human Resources, Legal Affairs and Utilization
- "Competent use of digital media"
- "Roberta motivates girls and boys"
- "Fun programming"
- "Inspiring children and young people for technology"
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As a “Roberta” partner, you accompany young people on their way into the world of pixels and bytes and sustainably support the spread of “Open Roberta”. We look forward to promoting the technical and media competence of tomorrow's experts with your cooperation.
“Google has been working for many years and with many initiatives for the promotion of information technology in education and training as well as open source software. We are very pleased to place our commitment to both goals on an even broader footing with `Open Roberta´. I wish the Fraunhofer Institute IAIS and the Roberta teachers every success with this initiative and hope that together we will be able to inspire even more girls and boys with enthusiasm for robotics, software development and computer science.“
Wieland Holfelder, Google
The Open Roberta project was initiated with the support of Google.org to overcome the hurdles for programming robots for students and teachers. As part of the Google Zukunftswerkstatt, Google.org promotes the dissemination of the Roberta concept and the further development of Open Roberta.
The Fraunhofer Academy's task is to integrate advanced training courses offered by Fraunhofer Institutes into the continuing education market. The Fraunhofer-Academy supports Roberta as an initiative of the Fraunhofer IAIS to continuously professionalize the concept and structure of the initiative.
In cooperation with Christiani, the Roberta Box was further developed in 2016. The Roberta Box combines the innovative and open learning platform “Open Roberta Lab” with the proven “LEGO® MINDSTORMS Education EV3” system. The box contains a compilation of LEGO® Education and Roberta elements: On this basis, Roberta courses can be conducted with the Fraunhofer programming language “NEPO®”, which is used in the Open Roberta Lab.
The Wilhelm Stemmer Foundation has been supporting the Roberta Initiative since 2012 to promote STEM education in Bavaria. To this end, the Roberta Teacher Training Foundation supports training courses, so that this support alone has enabled more than 100 Bavarian teachers to be trained as Roberta Teachers.
With the Calliope mini, primary school children are already learning how a mini-computer works. In the Open Roberta Lab everyone can playfully program the Calliope mini. If you don't have a star-shaped mini-computer at hand, you can test your programs in the SIM.
The “Fraunhofer-Talent-School” is a program for talented and technically interested pupils of the tenth to thirteenth grade who would like to deal with current scientific problems in workshops. The workshops are led by scientists from the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft. Within this framework, the Roberta Initiative also offers workshops for young talent.