Robotics and AI for school students in Croatia

Anita Belančić

In continental Croatia, a small town of Ogulin, there is a future-oriented school. A school teacher Adriana Vukelja one day proudly mentioned her cousin Danica Kragić Jensfelt, a successful robotic scientist working in Sweden. Danica is a Professor at the School of Computer Science and Communication at the Royal Institute of Technology, KTH and, we thought it would be a great idea to invite her to give a lecture for our students about this high-tech science and possibilities for the students in a STEM career.

Meanwhile, our school has joined a nationwide project called School of the future organized by two prominent companies STEMI and Infobip.

The goal of the project is to connect the tech industry with schools and help schools introduce applied artificial intelligence. More than 60 schools, 1000 students, and 150 teachers are participating in the project and collaborating on a daily basis. One of these teachers is Anita Belancic from our school.

Having inclusion and collaboration in mind she suggested expanding the audience by including other schools participating in the project.

She discussed the idea with the project leader Marin Trošelj from STEMI and they concluded it would be even better to open the lecture for all schools in Croatia, especially in the time when we had to go back to online mode and everybody in the country needed a little bit of motivation.

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