SEK-Catalunya has been named one of the finalists at the Education Innovation Awards and winner will be announced on 22 February in Madrid at the Gran Teatro Bankia Príncipe Pío. Specifically, SEK-Catalunya is one of the seven finalists in the Use of Technology category, thanks to the project Fostering Space Talent in Baccalaureate Students, led by their teacher David Delgado.
The project fosters students work in STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics), applying their knowledge in areas such as mathematics, technical drawing and physics in 3D printing work. In addition, the school is fostering group collaboration in maker spaces using the learning-by-doing approach where they are in constant contact with the latest technologies, such as augmented reality and three-dimensional scanning with Kinect.
This has been running for over three years, and in each academic year more cutting-edge technology is added for students to make use of next-generation drones and 3D printers. Specifically, SEK-Catalunya students have been instructed in the management of single and multi-marker augmented reality; 3D scanning and printing using the Wii console and two 3D digital printers; flying drones fitted with GoPro cameras with the aim of capturing images for further processing and in the use of Mapping Projection.
Older students “teach” the little ones
Students work on skills such as working with new technologies, teamwork and collaborative work, and project-based work (PBL) in the maker space. In addition, their creativity is encouraged so that they get involved in the project, enabling the girls and boys to learn the contents of their Baccalaureate subjects in a new and different way.
And the Baccalaureate students also went to their younger schoolmates’ classes (Early Childhood and Primary) to play the role of teachers and instruct them on how to use 3D scanners, how to fly drones or show them objects such as air planes or dinosaurs in augmented reality.
Fostering Space Talent in Baccalaureate Students has been chosen among more than 650 school projects from 500 schools nationwide, to compete for an award in the category of Use of Technology in the Education Innovation Awards, holding their second edition this year following the success of the first year.