INITIATIVE THAT PROMOTES LEARNING ON COMPUTER LANGUAGE AND BASIC ROBOTICS CONCEPTS IN PUBLIC SCHOOLS
RoboLab is an educational proposal for computer thinking and robotics proper to the regular curriculum framework in the public schools and performed by using devices connected to a high-speed Internet network.
This project can be divided into four main steps:
- Classroom adjustment and equipment donation: the enrolled schools receive a RoboLab laboratory, with new facilities, robotics kits, projectors, laptops connected with modems and 4G data package.
- Teacher qualification: three teachers per school, including coordinator, participate in workshops on computer thinking and robotics.
- Student qualification: teachers qualified by the project become multipliers and give workshops in their schools using Problem Based Learning methodology.
- Technology Fair: the best robotics prototypes of each school developed by the students throughout the year are selected in order to participate in the Fair, in which the winners are rewarded.
Instituto TIM provides all connectivity to the schools participating in the project.
Robolab is a Qualcomm’s, Instituto TIM’s and + Unidos Group Association’s initiative, in cooperation with São Paulo State’s Department of Education and receiving educational support of Instituto Crescer.
WHAT IS THE SCENARIO IN WHICH THE PROJECT IS INSERTED?
When talking about connectivity, basic public educational institutions still need much to advance in Brazil. According to the 2016 Research on Information and Communication Technologies Use in the Brazilian schools, only 4% of public schools have more than 20 Mbps of Internet, the minimum value recommended for educational use. The 2017 School Census/INEP shows that only 62% of public schools have access to the Internet and 49%, to the broadband. This happens in a scenario in which majority of the children and teenager study in public schools – 82% of the total of 48.8 million of students in the country. In the same time, new technology advance grows exponentially.
In order the digital tools serve as elements that reduce – not increase – inequalities, it is required to universalize the access to the technologies, connecting the classrooms, and leading content that makes difference in the public school youth’s careers and life, also awakening their interest in mathematics, science and technology.
- Pilot project performed in São Paulo-SP
- 10 participating schools
- 525 students and 30 teachers involved
- 12 qualification workshops for teachers performed
- 228 qualification workshops for students performed