In the course of this project, an introductory training programme is developed, which incorporates a combination of robotics competition activities and a curriculum, designed to help teachers teach programming skills to young people in order to enable them to gain knowledge and experience of these new technologies, including the use and application of 3D printing.

As the robotics market is developing very fast and is increasingly branching out into most areas (e.g. manufacturing, inspection and monitoring, surgery and healthcare, homes and cars, transport and logistics, industry, agriculture and many more), it is essential to train young people accordingly. With its focus being on developing an entry-level curriculum, the ROTENA project wants to excite young students so that they become interested in engaging in this ever advancing technology, thus equipping them with valuable knowledge and giving them an advantage on the labour market.

The rapid developments in the field of robotics also raise new questions – not only about the benefits, but also about the risks that society as a whole will have to face due to the changes that new technologies inflict. Today’s major topics and concerns such as climate change, sustainable transport, affordable renewable energy, food safety and security, and coping with an ageing population have to be addressed and robotics has a high potential to do so.