Councillor for Economic Development, Energy and R&D&i, of the Cabildo (Island Government) of Gran Canaria, Raúl García Brink, and the director of the Canary Island Oceanic Platform (Plocan), Octavio Llinás, presented the balance of the Educational, Marine Robotics Workshop in Gran Canaria (EDUROV GC), which attracted the participation of over 1,700 students from 44 schools on the island, and the “Blue Education” Summer Campus”.
The aim of the workshop is to motivate students to enter the world of technology by building small-scale, environmentally-friendly prototypes with everyday materials. It was organised by PLOCAN with the support of the Cabildo of Gran Canaria.
Raúl García Brink highlighted the Cabildo’s support for innovation “not only from an academic and research standpoint, but also from the standpoint of the education system”. “Against a backdrop of lack of vocations” in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) matters, a programme of this kind “arouses new vocations in these disciplines”, assured the councillor, who underscored the importance of developing skills associated with innovation, creativity and team work, “fundamental skills in the 21st century”.
In March 2017, the Cabildo of Gran Canaria got involved in developing this initiative with a contribution of €17,000 for face-to-face workshops in Plocan as the preliminary stage before organising these workshops in each school. Thanks to this contribution, 87% of the schools on the island have been able to take part in this Programme so far, and both institutions hope to increase this figure next year.
Furthermore, they presented the “Blue Education” Summer Campus that will take place in the first week of July in the Plocan facilities. The Campus is aimed at students between the 3rd year of secondary education and Lower Sixth, offering five days immersion in subjects related to Blue Education. From a broad programme of theory classes and practical activities, the students enrolled enter the marine world and they will become young marine robotics programmers, learning to handle technologies like Scratch and Arduino. The activities that the students will engage in include the work that is carried out in the Plocan facilities.
The face-to-face Educational Marine Robotics Workshop and the Summer Campus are 63.93% co-funded by the Cabildo of Gran Canaria through the action "Educational Submarine Robotics Workshops GC, EDUROV". The action is organized organised by the project “ROVSTEAM – Developing STEAM skills through Low-Cost Educational Marine Robotics”, in collaboration with the Spanish Science and Technology Foundation (FECyT) – The Ministry of Economy, Industry and Competitiveness, La Caixa Social Charity and the Cabildo of Gran Canaria.
ROVSTEAM Project, in collaboration with: