The Union of Information Technology Enterprises (UITE) undertakes to establish a program of Armath engineering club-laboratories within the public school system of Armenia.
The aim of the project is`
- to improve the technical education base of Armenia,
- guide the professional orientation of pupils,
- prepare the professional workforce with a technical education, which in turn will expand the sector.
The project, with its wide-ranging social-economic impact, is linked to the national strategies of national security, economic development and education.
The most important results from the implementation of the project, are
- the stimulation of technological education in Armenia,
- the expansion of technological employment and
- the establishment of additional economic activity both in the area of advanced technologies and the adjacent sectors.
It is noteworthy, that besides the mentioned economic consequences, the project stands out thanks to its large impact on the social values.
It is expected that this educational system will lead to a shift in the social values of the young due to a change in mentality and creativity.Strengthening technical education, this program will enhance Armenia’s reputation on the international landscape as being a knowledge-based country.
This project managed by UITE with a number of support structures:
- Business sector,
- Adjacent programs and
- International organizations or their research centers.
The number of robotics clubs and engineering laboratories by August 2018 is 226, Involved kids about 5250.
Armath Engineering Laboratories won the "Sustainable Growth" nomination at WITSA Global Excellence Award and "The best provider of IT education" award in GITI-2016 regional event in Tbilisi.
Technical equipment and programms
Education programs of Armath engineering laboratories are based on advanced learning methodologies and tools, a leading research and education institution in the fields of physical sciences and engineering. These programs start with basic programming and take pupils from robotics to production in an environment of exploration and creativity.
The package incorporates several components: Armath operational system, 3D Printer, Computer Controlled CNC devices, SERob Robot Kit, Mini-computers Aygestan G, Aghues, Kria
Armath operational system
Armath PI is based on the Linux/Debian Raspbian-stretch operational system. This operational system was created for Armath engineering laboratories by the consortium of Companies - Nairi. The interface of the operational system, as well as the software packages are in Armenian language and adapted for Armenian kids
Making a three-dimensional object from a digital model makes it possible to virtually create objects of any shape. Students can model and print parts to assemble new 3D printers, to fabricate boxes for mini-computers that can be used for other projects, etc.
Computer Controlled CNC devices
Learning to model and print on advanced computer controlled CNC devices, gives students the opportunity to get acquainted not only with programming, modeling, and engineering basics, but also with the production process.
SERob Robot Kit
School Educational Robotic Kit "SERob" is designed as a cost effective tool to teach school-aged children the basic principles of mobile robotic systems as well as facilitate the development of applications in amateur robotics clubs.
Mini-computers Aygestan G
The computers that are packaged in Armenia are compact, lightweight and universal. They can use regular TVs as monitors and can be connected to the Internet /LAN, Wi-Fi/.
Aghves is a visual programming environment and a toolkit, that lets kids make games, animated stories, interactive art, as well as share their creations with others on the Net. It is enhanced with modules that support sensors, motors, and robots board. The underlying program is an adaptation of the Scratch environment, developed by MIT.
Kria is an adaptation of MIT's Kturtle, an educational programming environment Kria is suitable for teaching kids the basics of maths, geometry and programming. One of the main features of Kria is the ability to translate commands into the native language of the programmer.
Action plan of the project
The project consists of 4 phases
I stage - Selection of the venue and the coach
II stage - Training of coaches
III stage - Armath lab installation
IV stage - The monitoring and consulting of the coaches
Selection of the venue and the coach
For the establishment of engineering laboratory the first necessary step is the visit of the venue of the future laboratory, to evaluate the technical and human potential, to meet the management of the school /educational center/ and potential coaches. During the visit the best candidate for the coach functions will be selected.
Training of coaches
To qualify for participation in the program the coaches will be trained to a prescribed curriculum. The total duration of training will be 4 phases, each phase lasting 4-5 days, during a period of 6-7 months. During the trainings the coach will learn Aghues and Kria computer programming environments will get the skills of working with Robotics Kit, 3D modeling and printing, as well as skills for activities with CNC machine.
The monitoring and consulting of the coaches
Throughout the project there will be monitoring of the program through visits and evaluations of the engineering lab clubs. The consulting services will also be integrated within the frame of the project. The monitoring and consulting services will be ongoing.