Model Building, Robotics & Communication
The Gelfand Center is a place for the inventive mind. Concepts, ideas and insights are introduced, developed and created by young students with innovative thinking.
The Center spans over 500 square meters and comprises two cutting-edge robotics laboratories, a demonstration hall, an interactive assembly area, a teacher's hub, preparation room, terraces and a variety of additional facilities.
Each robotics laboratory holds the industry's forefront equipment for a communications infrastructure:
• Automatic server upgrade
• A 24 computer workstations net
• A variety of software: * Office & Babylon tools * We Do Education * Robolab * NXT-G * NQC * Picosoft * Choreographe.
• Audio visual equipment: * Barco projector * a video camera * a wireless video camera D-Link attached to robots that serve as input guides (much like the function of a human eye).
The Gelfand Center offers diverse educational activities
• Robotics lessons for school classes (K-12)
• Short lab visits (K-12)
• Yearly or one semester courses (grades 3 to 9)
• Kindergarten and elementary school teachers training courses
• International summer programs
• Unique science projects for girls (grade 9), immigrants, and families
• Taking part in the EU Researchers' Night program
• Vaious workshops
Robotics teaching is based on the notion that science, technology and society cannot be separated, where the well-being of people is concerned.
Model building and robotics at the Gelfand Center focus on brief learning interactions, within an informal learning visual environment. This method advances project-based learning, enhances creative problem-solving and promotes collaborative teamwork and refers to social issues relevant to some of the incredible advances in science and technology.
As informal learning environments have limited time resources, often the educational message has to be effectively transmitted within a brief interaction of one or two hours.
Robotics provides innovative technological solutions, in cases where a valuable need is defined and filled. Moreover, social interaction among the robot constructors helps to effectively run the feedback mechanism and maintains control of the teamwork.
Most of the robotics courses students, have never encountered a robot, and consequently, have no idea how it actually works, or what wireless communication between robots involves.
Robotics projects require team collaboration, self- discipline, motivation to follow through on the idea, desire to construct, and endurance from the initial robot building stages up to the finished product.
Though it is very demanding, the course provides students with a great sense of achievement, as they see their design and construction turn into a finished working robot, capable of carrying out tasks, as initially programmed.
The Gelfand Center enables all that.