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The Thymio robot as a tool for discovering digital science


About the course

This course allows to approach the comprehension of the basic mechanisms of a robot such as Thymio, its programming with various languages, its use in class with the associated teaching elements.

The course is structured in six chapters. The first one is dedicated to the basic concepts in computer science and robotics. The second chapter gives an introduction to the Thymio robot. Chapters 3, 4 and 5 introduce the programming of the robot through different environments of increasing complexity. Chapter 6, finally, shows the practical application in class of the elements presented in the previous chapters.

Who is this course for?

It responds to the new programs for the introduction of digital sciences in schools in France and Switzerland and has been produced jointly by

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There are no particular prerequisites, except for some advanced programming sections requiring practice with the tool.

Course outline

Chapter 1: Introduction to Computer Science and Robotics

Chapter 2: Thymio

Chapter 3 : First steps in programming with Thymio

Chapter 4: Programming Thymio with Scratch

Chapter 5: Programming Thymio with Studio

Chapter 6: Educational Activities with Thymio

Organization of the course

The 6 chapters of this MOOC are entirely accessible on a self-paced basis. Everyone will be able to take advantage of the 20 hours of training offered by modulating their course according to their level (beginner or advanced) and their needs


  • Self-assessment through quizzes or exercises throughout the MOOC
  • Certificates of successful completion issued by FUN

Course Staff

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Evgenia Bonnet

Computer science teacher in secondary school and scientific collaborator at EPFL where she works on educational projects with the Thymio II robot.

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Morgane Chevalier

As a lecturer at the HEP Vaud, she devotes her work and research to Media, Images, Information and Communication Technologies (MITIC). She is also a scientific collaborator at the EPFL for a project on the integration of robots in the classroom.

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Frédérique Lazzarotto

School teacher. As a pedagogical advisor in Evian, she and her team train teachers in programming and organize the Evian Robots Festival.

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Francesco Mondada

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Emmanuel Page

Pedagogical advisor for the first degree sciences and technology at the DSDEN (Direction des services départementaux de l'éducation nationale) in Gironde. He accompanies projects and festivals on educational robotics in priority education and in ASH (Adaptation Scolaire et Scolarisation des élèves Handicapés).

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Joël Rivet

He teaches physical sciences at the Lycée and Collège Saint-Genès La Salle in Bordeaux, where he also teaches ICN and ISN. He is also a music composer.

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Didier Roy

His work focuses on the personalization of learning using digital technologies and the use of robotics in education. He is at the origin of the Inirobot activities and the Poppy Station structure.


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