This paper aims to focus attention on research on Educational Robotics (RE) and Artificial Intelligence (AI), in relation to the development of learning processes and the relationship between body, mind and knowledge construction. Specifically, the first results of a systematic analysis of the contributions published between 2010 and 2020 are presented. In these years, many initiatives have involved primary and secondary schools in innovative projects for the application of robotics. These projects show how robotics technology is able to support the development of students’ cognitive, socio-relational and aesthetic-emotional processes. In fact, the younger generations are offered the opportunity, through robotics, to experiment with new spaces of action/communication between different areas of knowledge.
Chiara Panciroli is full professor at the Department of Educational Sciences, University of Bologna in the field of General Education and Educational Technologies. She is vice-president of SIREM and scientific head of the AI and Education Unit of the Alma Interdepartmental Research Centre for Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence.
Manuela Fabbri is an associate professor at the Department of Educational Sciences of the University of Bologna in the field of General Education and Educational Technologies. She is member of SIREM and member of the scientific committee of the AI and Education scientific unit, Alma Mater Research Institute for Human-Centered Intelligence (ALMA HUMAN AI).
Anita Macauda is an adjunct professor and research fellow at the Department of Education Sciences, University of Bologna, with a two-year project entitled “Teacher training and university teaching in digital environments”. She is a member of SIREM and a member of the scientific committee of the AI and Education scientific unit, Alma Mater Research Institute for Human-Centered Intelligence (ALMA HUMAN AI).