Build your robot
We are an educational project born from a unique fablab in the South of Portugal (www.buinho.pt). We have been actively promoting the growth of digital literacy in our region since 2015, and have become one of the main references in our field of action. Buinho currently coordinates an Erasmus consortium (PT01-KA121-SCH-000010598) dedicated to the mission of increasing the digital proficiency in all public schools of the neighbouring municipalities, mostly in the fields of coding and robotics.
The main motivations for designing this course were to share some of our extensive experience in the teaching of robotics in public schools, explore creative practices that also incentivize the learning of coding, and provide support to teachers in starting innovative practices in their schools even if having a limited budget.
By taking this course you will learn how to teach robotics and introduce coding in your classroom.
All the tools will be provided, we just ask the participants to bring a laptop as it will be needed for the software training. We will also provide free and lifetime access to our online tutorials in a dedicated eLearning platform to help you implement the learning activities. This course is meant for teachers from different teaching years (3rd to 12th-grade teachers), with limited or no previous experience in robotics and visual coding, and that aim to become proficient and autonomous in digital skills. In Portugal, Buinho has been successfully teaching robotics to children from elementary to secondary school years, and we want to share some of our experiences with you.
We have vast experience in teaching and capacitating teachers from different school years and with zero experience in these subjects. At the end of this course the participant will be able to be proficient in two of the most popular microcontrollers for education (Micro:bit and Arduino), master, not one but two important visual programming languages (Makecode and Makeblock), be able to assemble and create its educational robots and develop activities in the classroom for their students, and implement STEAM and digital active learning methodologies in the classroom with their students. And more importantly, we will teach you how to create your own low-cost Otto Robot, an open source robot that is helping to democratize the access of robotics to all the school’s communities in Europe
All our courses are made in a fablab/makerspace environment, which means that the participants will be granted free access to other digital prototyping equipment like laser cutters or vinyl cutters, which can be helpful for the customization of the machines – Inside a fablab, the only limit is your imagination!
Finally, the course also includes a cultural program free for the participant, providing the opportunity to visit Portuguese landmarks and experience a bit of our Culture.
Target Groups – Elementary, Middle and Secondary School teachers
Duration of the course – Five days
Total Cost of the Course – 400€
Note: Each class will have a maximum of 12 participants to provide higher quality standards and more individualized support.