More than two hundred students have participated online in the final meeting of “PrimROV: sea, science and robotics in Primary Education” at the facilities of PLOCAN testing the robotic ships that they have built during the course. Twenty students were able to attend the face-to-face session.
The “PrimROV: sea, science and robotics in Primary Education” project, through the Area of Scientific Vocations and Creativity, STEAM, of the Ministry of Education, Universities, Culture and Sports, as organizer of the project in collaboration with PLOCAN, has brought the science to students through the design and construction of robotic boats controlled by an APP, using 3D design and printing and programming with free software and hardware.
A representation of students from educational centres in Gran Canaria that have participated in the project have attended the event: CEIP Tagoror, Vecindario; CEIP Giner de los Ríos, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria; CEIP Hilda Zudán, Jinámar Valley; and CEIP La Cerruda, from El Doctoral (Santa Lucía de Tirajana). They tested the boats in the pools, verifying their buoyancy, the operation of their electronics, and their operability through the application. The rest of the students connected from their centres and operated the boats remotely.
The PrimROV project is promoted by the Ministry of Education, and is developed in collaboration with PLOCAN within the framework of EDUROVs. Its main objective is to bring the 5th and 6th grade students of the public centres of Gran Canaria closer to the knowledge of the marine environment and to promote scientific vocations and ICTs.
EDUROVs builds robots from low-cost materials, with free software and hardware, with the aim of bringing students closer to science and technology in a practical way and stimulate professional vocations in the field of technology. EDUROVs is promoted by CaixaBank, through an economic contribution from the “la Caixa” Foundation, as well as by the Government Area for Economic Development, Energy Sovereignty, Climate and Knowledge of the Cabildo de Gran Canaria and PLOCAN.
The Ministry of Education and PLOCAN jointly organized the event with a blended format in order to comply with the restrictive measures set by COVID19 and at the same time facilitate the participation of all students.