The final event of the ‘PrimROV: sea, science and robotics in Primary Education’ programme took place in the Oceanic Platform of the Canary Islands, with the participation of 270 students from nine schools of Gran Canaria, Fuerteventura, Lanzarote and Tenerife. During the event the participants presented their own designs of teleoperated robotic vessels, which were created and developed at their schools within the PrimROV programme.
The Minister of Education and Universities of the Government of the Canary Islands, Soledad Monzón, and the Director of PLOCAN, Octavio Llinás, attended the event. During it, the students presented their prototypes and they participated in other activities such as a ROV (Remotely Operated Vehicle) Workshop, which belongs to the the EDUROVs Educational Marine Robotics initiative, funded by the Cabildo (Island Government) of Gran Canaria and the ‘La Caixa’ Foundation; or circuits with remote control vehicles.
17 schools of the Canary Islands have participated in this initiative, developed by PLOCAN and the Regional Ministry of Education and Universities of the Canary Island Government. Its objective is to promote and encourage scientific vocations among children through the design and development of prototypes from an initial robotics kit. During the programme, students and teachers receive support, using different tools such as programming, 3D printing design and computational thinking.
This activity also forms part of the project 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.