The “Blue Education Summer Campus, organised by PLOCAN from the 2nd to the 6th of July, took place in the shore facilities of the Canary Island Oceanic Platform, offering theory and practical contents related to the marine-maritime sector. The Campus was organised in five sessions for nine students from the island of Gran Canaria, although 20 students from the Canary Island Science and Technology Campus joined the last session.
During the week, students were introduced to a variety of subjects with a high degree of innovation, such as the detection and classification of micro-plastics, 3D design and printing, programming, the construction and operation of marine robots, observation platforms and marine renewable energies.
The Summer Campus is part of the “ROVSTEAM – STEAM competences development through Low Cost Educational Marine Robotics” project, which is based on building remotely-operated marine robots, or ROVs, as an educational project from low-cost tools and with free hardware and software. Hence, each student at the Summer Campus had the chance to build his or her own robot from what they had learned previously and from the additional knowledge garnered at the Campus.
The ROVSTEAM Project is implemented with the collaboration of the Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology (FECyT) – the Ministry of Science, Innovation and Universities, La Caixa Charity and the Cabildo of Gran Canaria (the island government). The “Blue Education Summer Campus is part of “Submarine Robotics Workshop, Schools GC, EDUROV” action, which is 63.93% co-funded by the Department of Economic Development, Energy and R+D+i of the Cabildo of Gran Canaria.