BotSTEM TOOLKIT RECEIVES AN INTERNATIONAL AWARD

The botSTEM project received an honorable mention for its educational manual on Robotics and STEM education for children and primary schools in the category of Science teaching materials in interactive and non-interactive support.

The Universidad de Burgos, coordinator of botSTEM project, shows the competition diploma

In October 2019, the International Competition of Ciencia en Acción celebrated its XX edition in Alcoi, Alicante (Spain). In this event, teachers, students, researchers and science communicators participated with the intention of bringing science and technology to the citizens in a dynamic and simple way through innovative ideas.

The jury, which was composed of science teachers, researchers in science education and professionals dedicated to scientific dissemination, awarded with the Honorable Mention within the category of didactic materials of science in interactive and non-interactive support, the manual designed by botSTEM. This award was granted for being ‘a very detailed and complete project’ that takes into account the STEM disciplines, robotics and programming as key elements in the scientific and technological training of students since childhood.

This manual is a resource designed with the aim of offering useful tools and resources to the teachers who are interested in incorporating into their classes integrated STEM approaches, based on learning programming and dynamic methodologies such as scientific inquiry and engineering design from early childhood education.

Learning to program with Next 1.0

This educational resource includes a series of activities based on the pedagogical framework proposed by the project. They are focused on the game, discovery, exploration and formulation of questions within a scientifically stimulating environment that allows students the opportunity to practice logical thinking, problem solving, digital competence, reflection, curiosity, modelling and communication. In addition, unlike other initiatives in this field, the botSTEM toolkit offers a collection of good practices selected after a thorough study that was carried out in more than ten European countries.

Currently, the activities included in the toolkit are been implemented in different schools of Spain, Sweden, Cyprus and Italy by teachers. Throughout the process, botSTEM partners are close to the teachers who share with us their impressions and the improvements they are incorporating to the activities. These educational experiences are allowing us to design new activities like Domotic gardens, Light and Shadows or Programming each other that will be available in an addendum of the toolkit soon.

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