Vision

We believe Computational Thinking lays at the heart of modern society. It is the driving force behind automation and technology that helps us overcome challenges in medical care, logistics and industry. As such, this 21st century skill should have the same status as mathematics and language education.

Computational Thinking essentially is learning how think in a structured and logical way, such that you can make a machine work for you.

The field of Computational Thinking needs to be standardized and made assessable. This will help to communicate progress of students objectively and internationally.

The best way to introduce these important skills is through a motivating learning environment and an international community.

Team

RoboMind Academy is developed as a joined initiative between Jan van Oorschot, Ernst Bovenkamp, and Arvid Halma.

Arvid Halma, MSc

Arvid graduated with honor in Artificial Intelligence at the University of Amsterdam. The way we think about machines has always intrigued him. He enjoys teaching fundamental knowledge to all age groups. Besides that mathematics, cooking and oil painting keep him busy.

Ernst Bovenkamp, PhD

Ernst is an Electrical Engineer specialized in Artificial Intelligence, Pattern Recognition and Computer Vision. He worked on many engineering problems and hopes to inspire others to also consider a technical career. Otherwise he is known as a competitive triathlete.

Jan van Oorschot, PhD

Jan is a former Associate Professor from the Technical University Delft who specialises in computer networking and software development. Always interested in education he works on educational virtual worlds and community driven teaching environments. Woodworking and golf take up any free time.

Roadmap

RoboMind Academy is an ever-growing organism that will adapt to changing needs and wishes. In the near future we expect to add the following features:

Sparki Robot support
Convert RoboMind scripts to code that can directly be executed by Sparki.

Longer term features include:

Additional Languages
RoboMind Academy was designed with multi-language support in mind. Initially released with support for English and Dutch, additional languages will be added as soon as possible.
Translation Module
This module will assist a translator to create new translations of the courseware for the RoboMind Academy.
Challenge Builder Module
This module will allow RoboMind Academy inhabitants to create their own Community Challenges.

Contributors

Especially for young students, it is important that they can program in their own language. Thanks to the many translations provided to us by the following people, RoboMind understands a lot of languages:

Hend Al-Khalifa, Arnab Chakraborty, Anton Ouzounov, Roger Rué, Bodechang, Zdeněk Chalupský, Olivier Lemaitre, Hervé Briard, Michel Drolet-Gravel, Marcel Kirsch, Jörg Kokorsch, Panos Eracleous, Andreas Klein, Zsolt Magyari-Sáska, Mizwar Fahri Doni, Nicola Esposito, Junichi Ito, WonYoung Chang, Monika Grybel, Fabiane Barreto Vavassori Benitti, Alexander Bondarev, Matúš Pálfi, Zuzana Tkáčová, Miha Kočar, Rogelio Lavenant Jimenez, Maria Cruz Marcos Suárez, Adam Troy, Suwat Kanjanavathang, Kerim Kürşat Güney, Küçük Ahmet, Grygorij Gromko.

Many thanks to all of you!

Partners

We work closely together with several primary and secondary schools to develop the curriculums. In cooperation with the Delft University of Technology we try to make RoboMind Academy the ultimate learning tool for Computational Thinking.

We believe everybody should learn computational thinking. That is why RoboMind is a Program Partner of Samsung Smart Education Hubs. This initiative aims to support Dutch schools with teaching 21st Century Skills. Educational materials are provided for the Smart Classrooms, there will be trainings for Smart Teachers, and a Smart Sharing platform comes available to bundle experiences.

In addition we are a sponsoring partner of Naace: the British association for everyone promoting learning with technology in a connected world.

Hire us!

Do you want to learn why computing is important to teach to all students? Are you not quite prepared for the computing curriculum? Do you want to learn more about programming and/or RoboMind before teaching it yourself? Then you might consider hiring us for:

  • Presentations about computing, programming and Computational Thinking in general,
  • Programming workshops for both teachers and students, and
  • RoboMind teacher training.

We offer practical RoboMind teacher training at different levels of primary and secondary education. Each RoboMind training is provided by a very experienced RoboMind programmer.

In addition you can also hire us for advice on:

  • The development of online learning environments, and
  • learning analytics.

Please send us an email for more information.

Contact

If you have any questions or suggestions, please send an email to info@robomind.net. You can also use the contact form at the bottom of the page.

Address:

Research Kitchen
Rotterdamseweg 183 C
2629 HD Delft
The Netherlands

 Business details:

 VAT Number NL8504.34.403.B01
 Registered No 52414787

 Telephone:

+31 (0)15 268 2587

Email:

info@robomind.net