According to the UNESCO, early childhood care and education is an essential process of the children development. Early childhood is the period from birth to eight years, where the children present a remarkable growth with brain development at its peak. In developing countries such as Ecuador, currently, do not exist formal educational programs based on serious games or educational robotics. This situation is more complicated for government schools or private institutions that attend children from low-income families. For these reasons, in this paper, we present an ecosystem aimed at stimulating the early development of children from 3 to 7 years. Our proposal (named in Kiwcha 'Yachasun', learn) relies on low-cost robotic assistants (to provide kinesthetic stimuli), an expert system based on rules (to suggest educational exercises and activities for children), and serious games (to stimulate and motivate children to learn). Our ecosystem was put to the test with 60 children from low and middle-income families during real classes. The results show that children feel highly motivated to learn concepts related to language, mathematics/logic, self-awareness/autonomy, fine motor skills, and coexistence.
|Title of host publication||EDUNINE 2020 - 4th IEEE World Engineering Education Conference|
|Subtitle of host publication||The Challenges of Education in Engineering, Computing and Technology without Exclusions: Innovation in the Era of the Industrial Revolution 4.0, Proceedings|
|Editors||Claudio da Rocha da Rocha Brito, Melary M. Ciampi|
|Publisher||Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.|
|State||Published - Mar 2020|
|Event||4th IEEE World Engineering Education Conference, EDUNINE 2020 - Bogota, Colombia|
Duration: 15 Mar 2020 → 18 Mar 2020
|Name||EDUNINE 2020 - 4th IEEE World Engineering Education Conference: The Challenges of Education in Engineering, Computing and Technology without Exclusions: Innovation in the Era of the Industrial Revolution 4.0, Proceedings|
|Conference||4th IEEE World Engineering Education Conference, EDUNINE 2020|
|Period||15/03/20 → 18/03/20|
Bibliographical noteFunding Information:
This work was funded by the Cátedra UNESCO Tecnologías de Apoyo para la Inclusión Educativa and the research project “Sistemas Inteligentes de Soporte a la Educación Especial (SINSAE v5)” of the Universidad Politécnica Salesiana.
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- Early Stimulation
- Low-income Families
- Robotic Assistants