PLOCAN took part in the Sixth General Assembly of the Smart Submarine Robots Working in Co-operative Networks project (SWARMS) funded by the European Commission and the Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness and organised in the offices of Tecnalia in Bilbao.
Secondary school students from Greece and Estonia, along with students from the IES Schamann High School, visited the shore facilities of the Canary Island Oceanic Platform as part of the Erasmus+ project “Through robotics and collaboration to the successful citizens of the 21st century”.
The Erasmus + project promotes a strategic partnership among school pupils, which is why Estonian and Greek students will spend the second week of December in Gran Canaria, staying with the families of the students from the IES Schamann high school, creating the conditions for an additional experience of cultural and linguistic emersion among all these European students.
The visit by the students will include a face-to-face workshop to build submarine robots that has been organised in a total of 30 schools in Gran Canaria in 2017 as part of the EDUROVs initiative, and the testing of these robots on the jetty at Taliarte docks. In fact, one of the objectives of the project is to build submarine robots using the Arduino free hardware platform and every-day, low-cost or recycled materials.
The “Through robotics and collaboration to the successful citizens of the 21st century” is co-funded by the European Commission’s Erasmus+ programme.
PLOCAN hosted the final meeting of the research project into Multinational Preparedness and Response to Hydrocarbon and Chemical Spills (MARPOCS) in the Atlantic sub-region encompassing Morocco, Madeira and the Canary Islands.
Juan María Vázquez, secretary general for Science and Innovation, chaired the ceremony to sign a co-operation agreement signed by the director of the Canary Island Oceanic Platform, Octavio Llinás, and Rafael Robaina, chancellor of the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. The signing ceremony was also attended by the director of the Canary Island Research, Innovation and Information Society Agency, Manuel Miranda Medina, and the deputy chancellors of Research, Innovation and Transfer, José Pablo Suárez Rivero, and Academic Organisation and Teaching Staff, Luis Domínguez Boada.