Representing the future in technological innovation, the boys and girls, ages 14 to 18, that have participated in the second edition of mSchools TechCamp are part of a generation bound to transform our lives digitally.
All the assistants were winners of mSchools App Awards 2016, the annual contest and ceremony that honours the best digital projects developed in Secondary School, High School and Vocational Training centres, during the mSchools App Education course.
From 23 – 31 July these student winners in App Awards experienced a technological immersion focused on the IoT and Big Data, consisting of 27-hours of theory and hands-on projects – as an extension of the training received in their classroom during the course – combined with outdoor recreational activities.
In the first phase of the programme, students learned home automation concepts through practical work based on three guided projects: tuning and controlling a radio over the Internet, designing a simulator that remotely controls home lighting, and the creation of a presence alarm through the connection of movement and sound sensors. To this end they worked in teams using devices such as Raspberry Pi, Arduino boards and various sensors, among others. Sessions included dynamic explanations and a visual and eminently practical learning methodology.
After acquiring the basic knowledge, the teams developed their own automation solutions through prototypes, which they presented to the other students and parents attending the last day of TechCamp.
According to Ramón de la Rosa, one of the TechCamp teachers, all students are highly motivated: “They love what they do, and we help them to develop their creativity in a digital environment.” De la Rosa noted that many of the questions the students raised could have been formulated by professionals.
Moreover, based on the data of participation in this second edition of mSchools TechCamp, Ramón de la Rosa observed that more and more women are interested in careers in the ICT field. This time, in fact, the gender ratio was 50:50. “Having the same number of boys and girls is very positive, as it balances the teams a lot.”
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