Yücel Tekin is the founder and CEO of Robotum, an organization which facilitates robotics workshops for children and teens between the ages of 6 and 19. Robotum acts as a consultant to schools and institutions interested in technology education and competitive robotics. Their talented team of youth builders and programmers routinely attends national and international competitions such as FIRST LEGO League Jr., FIRST LEGO League, and World Robot Olympiad.
Having four degrees, Yücel is a well-educated and experienced individual. After completing two undergraduate degrees in Management and Computer Science, he earned his Master’s in Education Technology, before finally achieving his Ph.D. based on his research into the effects of robotics on mathematics.
Before working on Robotum full-time, Yücel had experience as the Director of Distance Learning at Atilim University, as a Chief Information Officer in the military, as an ICT Instructor, and more.
Yücel is married and has two children, 15 and 16.
Q: How did you first hear about the Virtual Robotics Toolkit?
By searching on Google for a virtual tool compatible with the LEGO Mindstorms EV3 robot.
Q: What inspired you to get involved as a partner?
The research I worked on as part of earning my Ph.D. led me to believe that robotics coding will be the leading technology of education in the future.
Q: What do you think is the biggest challenge as an educator?
The greatest challenge is designing STEM activities that are suitable for improving targeted outcomes in education.
Q: What advice do you have for anyone considering the Virtual Robotics Toolkit as an educational tool?
I advise using Virtual Robotics Toolkit and physical robot kits together. I believe that this hybrid teaching method is more effective than only teaching with physical robots.
Q: What are your plans for the future?
In the future, Yucel wants to design an online adaptive learning environment for ICT education that meets the education needs of both individuals and schools.