e-Facilitator Finalist: Katerina Hadjigeorgiou
Number of years / people trained: 3.5/650
Organisation: (1) “Apoplous” Cultural Organization, (2) STEAMERS - Youth Board of Cyprus, (3) Computer Museum Cyprus Retro Computing & Gaming LTD
Position in the organisation: (1) Robotics instructor - member of the Board, (2) Robotics Instructor, (3) Museum Docent
Nominating organisation: Cyprus Computer Society
WORK EXPERIENCE PURPOSE AND PROFESSIONALISM
Katerina started working in order to enhance her communication skills, teach in practice what she had learnt all these years but also to be exposed to new experiences, people and new technologies. In all positions she holds she applied and she manages to multitask in all 3 positions.
Her responsibilities include the development of teaching material, teaching robotics to students aged from 5 to 15 and keeping them motivated. She is also preparing students to participate in competitions and promote robotics at festivals and school events.
In her classroom she is enhancing the use of robotics platforms and believes that the best teaching approach and methods must include acceptance and learning by creating. To make teaching fun she usually develops challenges and quizzes using smart applications and students on their behalf should be able and follow instructions in order to build and program their first robot and work in teams.
She truly believes that through robotics kids can experiment and by changing various factors like connections, structure of the robot, programming they can learn in practice the full spectrum of STEAM.
ONE OF A KIND
Katerina has managed from her first years to showcase her training skills by supporting her students attend competitions with great results. The list below presents some awards they have received since 2017:
When you meet Katerina you can immediately sense her positive vibes. This is also apparent when you meet her students. From the way they look at her while she explains and teaches them, to their willingness and eagerness to proudly present their work.
Although "Apoplous Cultural Organization" is located in a remote rural area about 1.5 hours away from the capital (a long distance considering Cyprus), her students participated at the Researcher’s Night in 2018 and 2019 at the Cyprus Computer Society’s venue in Limassol and Nicosia respectively. There the students presented their robots to other children and adults non-stop for more than 4 hours. It was so obvious how inspired they had been from their coach. In addition, the team attended Robotex International where students, teachers and their parents travelled to Estonia and the trust to Katerina was remarkable.
Finally, during the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, the team’s video was broadcast on National TV promoting robotics and inspiring the younger generation to participate in robotics and other relevant activities.
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