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The Centre of Research Excellence for Advanced Cooperative Systems (ACROSS) is an interdepartmental research centre at the University of Zagreb Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing. The centre performs research in cooperative systems related to robotics, networked embedded systems and renewable energy systems. Its establishment and operation is funded by the European FP-7 Capacities "Research Potential" program [285939, FP7-REGPOT-2011-1].

Published: 2014-02-28 at 13:46
Edited: 2014-03-03 at 08:37

On Thursday, February 27th 2014, 23 students from the third grade of Pavlek Miškina elementary school visited Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing, accompanied by their teacher Ivana Fak. During their visit, the students had the opportunity to visit ACROSS centre and participate in an interactive programming workshop, where most of them wrote their first programs. This visit took place as a part of the Faculty's programme for popularization of science named "From school to science and academia" (Šuza - iz škole u znanost i akademsku zajednicu), which the Faculty conductsin cooperation with student association eSTUDENT and Croatian section of IEEE.

More about this visit can be found in the detailed news content.

Upon their arrival, students went to the ACROSS centre, where they had the opportunity to see robotics research equipment, including different mobile platforms, manipulators, flying and humanoid robots. After demonstrations, students got the opportunity to control some of the robots themselves. Students particularly liked NAO humanoid robots, with one of the robots challenging some of the students in a game of tic-tac-toe. Demonstrations in the ACROSS centre were prepared by Igor Cvišić and Frano Petric from the Department of control and computer engineering.


Students in FER's ACROSS center


Frano Petric and Igor Cvišić answering difficult questions from the students


After the visit to ACROSS centre, students took part in a programming workshop prepared by Tomislav Jagušt. Along with Tomislav, nine other people were involved in helping young students to write their first programs. Workshop was based on the Hour of Code workshop, which was held last year during the Computer Science Education Week. Students learned to program through Angry Birds and Light Bot online tutorials, receiving certificate for successful completion of the workshop.


Students on programming workshop


Ana Sović helps young students thorugh first steps of programming


Elated students at the end of the workshop


The visit was orgnaized by Iva Bojić, Ivana Storjak and Ivana Pek, members of ŠUZA organization team. Organization team would like to thank the Department of applied computing, Department of control and computer engineering and eSTUDENT association for their involvement in the organization of this visit, and to all teachers in the programming workshop for finding time to introduce the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) area to young students: Ana Sović, Marija Katić, Neven Drljević, Leon Dragić, and eSTUDENT members Gordan Ovčarić, Niko Višnjić, Maja Filaković and Vesna Magjarević


Teachers and organization team


This event was photographed by Danijel Peček, eSTUDENT member.

Igor Cvišić
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ACROSS project has received research funding from the Seventh Framework Programme of the European Union (Grant Agreement No. 285939 FP7-REGPOT-2011-1).


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ACROSS brochure is available here.