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The PLOCAN shore offices in Taliarte hosted two hundred and thirty seven students, fifteen teachers and relatives from the following primary schools (CEIP): Tagoror, La Garita, Pintor Néstor, Giner de los Ríos and Nicolás Aguiar, who were taking part in the event entitled “Primary from the Techno-future: The Shipyard of Vocations”, which demonstrated a range of designs of remotely-operated robotic vessels that were designed and prepared as a training project in schools over a period of six months.

The regional director of education of Las Palmas, Juan José Gil, took part, along with the director of PLOCAN, Octavio Llinás, in this meeting in which the students tested their remote-controlled prototype vessels. The event also helped to address more specialised issues with the students in different workshops that included aquatic and submarine robotics, technological handicrafts and renewable energies.

The event closed the “Primary Maker Seminar: think, create and disseminate" in which the students worked in the area of computer thinking using the Scratch tool, which enables them to create interactive stories, games and animation; in 3D design and printing, which allowed the schools to take the measurements of the electronic components necessary to build the boats and they manufactured the parts they needed; educational robotics, where students developed the circuit assembly and programmed the boast to be remotely controlled; and finally, in linguistic skills, by discovering different tools, like the use of computer graphics for a potential presentation of their boats.

This starting point for this initiative, organised on the basis of collaboration between PLOCAN and the Regional Ministry of Education and Universities of the Canary Island Government, through the Gran Canaria Sur Teachers’ Centre, was to provide teachers with initial training (25 hours face to face and 25 hours practical training). The seminar received the support of the STEAM Area of scientific vocations, the ICT advisory boards of the Teachers’ Centres and the Area of Educational Technology, which report to the Regional Ministry of Education and Universities.

The activity also forms part of a project entitled CODIMAR - Communication and Dissemination of Activities in the Marine-Maritime Sector as part of its support for disseminating events and projects and the development of 3D printing. Furthermore, the EDUROVs Educational Marine Robotics initiative is organised this year by the project ROVSTEAM - STEAM competences development through Low Cost Educational Marine Robotics, which drives the spread of educational marine robotics in Primary Education. Both these projects are being implemented with the collaboration of the Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology (FECyT) – Ministry of Economics, Industry and Competitiveness, La Caixa Social Charity and the Cabildo (Island Government) of Gran Canaria.

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