The overall aim of the project is to produce a significant contribution on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) knowledge and engagement in female children with migrant background.

Indeed, these two factors (being a female and having a migrant background) are likely to hinder individuals’ involvement in STEM activities and career.

The novelty of the project consists in the use of educational robots as educational/didactic mediators to promote migrant children’s (especially female) STEM engagement, by taking into consideration the multicultural background(s) they are immersed in.

The project consortium includes two research units: UNIBG (University of Bergamo) and UNIMIB (University of Milano-Bicocca).

The UNIBG team is led by Prof. Monica Pivetti 

The UNIMIB team is led by Prof. Edoardo Datteri, Principal Investigator of the RobotiCSS Lab for the Cognitive and Social Sciences at the University of Milano-Bicocca 

Within the project, UNIMIB will focus on three main objectives:

  • Investigation of people’s understanding of robots from a multicultural perspective
  • Development of an experimental protocol and quantitative and qualitative tools to assess children’s STEM engagement, pre- and post-intervention
  • Teachers’ training for the definition of a class of robot-supported STEM activities.