Robots week in Finland and Europe

European Robotics Week 2013 is celebrated from 25 November to 1 December 2013. The Week aims at inspiring technology education in students of all ages to pursue careers in STEM-related fields, i.e. science, technology, engineering and math.

At the same time Finnish robot week “Robottiviikko” is celebrated in Finland. I happened to walk by Robots in action Sellossa 26. ja 28.11. At the event at Sello shopping center in Espoo Finland Innokas was showing some robots in action and some hobby robotics hardware.

There were some education robotics kits.


And a LEGO Mindstorms robot


And also some Arduino hardware.



The Innokas!- project is a collaboration between 60 participating Finnish schools, developing ways to support the Innovative School concept using Information and Communications Technology (ICT). Learning center Innokas guides and encourages students, teachers, school administration and stakeholders to be creative and innovative using available technology. They try to encourage kids and adults to come up together with new ways to make use of technology in everyday school life.


  1. Eli says:

    Thanks for sharing this! I love seeing and hearing about new innovations and cool iDeas to further student’s interest in STEM education, particularly in robotics. I work for a summer technology program that uses the LEGO robotics system you mentioned to engage and teach through hands on learning. The valuable skills students can learn through these types of robotic tools will pave the way towards success! I’m also excited to learn more about the Arduino system! Keep up the great fun!

  2. Tomi Engdahl says:

    EU launches world’s largest civilian robotics programme – 240,000 new jobs expected

    According to a press release, the European Commission and 180 companies and research organisations (under the umbrella of euRobotics) have launched the world’s largest civilian research and innovation programme in robotics. Covering manufacturing, agriculture, health, transport, civil security and households, the initiative – called SPARC – is the EU’s industrial policy effort to strengthen Europe’s position in the global robotics market (€60 billion a year by 2020).

  3. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Press release:
    EU launches world’s largest civilian robotics programme – 240,000 new jobs expected

    European Commission Vice President @NeelieKroesEU, says: “Europe needs to be a producer and not merely a consumer of robots. Robots do much more than replace humans – they often do things humans can’t or won’t do and that improves everything from our quality of life to our safety. Integrating robots into European industry helps us create and keep jobs in Europe.” (SPEECH/14/421)

    President of euRobotics Bernd Liepert says: “SPARC will ensure the competitiveness of European robotics industries. Robot-based automation solutions are essential to overcome today’s most pressing societal challenges – from demographic change to mobility to sustainable production”.

    The project is launched at the AUTOMATICA 2014 conference in Munich.


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