CAD.20.005 – Teaching Robots and AI in Schools (TRAINS)

Route: Child and adolescent development, upbringing and education

Cluster question: 065 What should education be like in the future?

How should children and adolescents be educated about artificial intelligence (AI) and robots? And, conversely, how can robots and AI contribute to the education of children and adolescents? The TRAINS NWA-ORC project aims to find out.
AI and social robots will have a major impact on how people learn and work in the near future. Current developments in AI and social robots, both in science and society, have great innovative and economic potential and move fast. Clearly, future generations need to be prepared for these impactful developments, and this calls for a revision of the way we educate children and adolescents. However, there is a lack of insights and expertise on how to best develop and evaluate new educational modules involving robots and AI for educational purposes.
Importantly, robots and AI themselves are potential game changers for education: smart social robots and AI-powered digital tools can support teachers by offering personalised lessons. They can adapt to individual learners and deal with diverse populations more effectively and efficiently than human teachers can, who are constrained by lack of time and resources. However, despite promising initial results, systematic studies into the role of robots and AI for education are limited and an integrative approach is missing.
The TRAINS project aims to fill the two identified gaps, thereby providing a major contribution to the Dutch ‘digitalisation in education’ agenda. This strongly interdisciplinary project brings together leading scientists from education, psychology, communication, AI and robotics from 10 Dutch universities and universities of applied sciences.’TRAINS’ covers the entire knowledge chain by combining fundamental and applied research, and focusses on both practical and policy implications. To achieve this, we collaborate with many societal partners, including 200 Dutch schools of various levels and their overarching networks, educational publishers, international technology providers, and educational policy makers.


Artificial Intelligence, Child-Robot Interaction, Curriculum development, Education

Other organisations

Avans University of Applied Sciences, Eckart College, Goois Lyceum, Hanson Robotics, HU University of Applied Sciences, Kennisnet, Leiden University (LEI), NEMO Science Museum, Ons Middelbaar Onderwijs, Openbaar Onderwijs Groningen, Rijksuniversiteit Groningen (RUG), ROC Tilburg, Service Bureau Kinderopvang, SKO West-Friesland, SoftBank Robotics Europe, Stichting Spaarnesant, Stichting WTE, Technische Universiteit Delft (TUD), Thieme-Meulenhoff, Uitgeverij Zwijsen, University of Amsterdam (UvA), Utrecht University (UU), Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU). Societal organisations: BS de Kersenboom, WisMon B├Ęta onderwijsinstituut.


Organisation Tilburg University (TiU)
Name Prof. dr. E. (Emiel Krahmer)