Buinho Education is a sub-branch of Buinho, a fablab located in the South of Portugal (www.buinho.pt). Besides aiming to contribute to the democratization of access to digital technologies, Buinho has been creating a specialization in the environmental sustainability field of action, since the creation of our region’s first Precious Plastic workshop (www.preciousplastic.com).
Since then, we have been developing innovative strategies that combine environmental and digital education, some of which have been recognized as good practices by the Erasmus program.
This course entitled “Citizen Sensing” is a direct result of a previous Erasmus project successfully coordinated by Buinho in 2019-21 (“Youth Sensing” 2019-3-PT02-KA105-006405). Inspired by the best emerging practices nowadays happening in the fields of Citizen Science and Citizen Sensing (https://www.bristolapproach.org/what-is-citizen-sensing/), Buinho took the challenge to bring these practices into the field of youth education, adding some of the methodologies and contents that we already used in the classrooms for the teaching of digital competences.
The success of this project and the highly innovative practices and methodologies we were able to create inspired us to continue with future educational outcomes as this Erasmus course.
Citizen Sensing Erasmus course is a highly innovative practice based on the accumulated experience of working with public schools of the Alentejo region in the fields of robotics, electronics, coding, or digital fabrication, together with emerging educational outputs, methodologies, and activities developed and tested since 2019 by Buinho.
With Citizen Sensing, your school will be able to innovate and be a leader in the teaching of environmental education by bringing digital and DIY technology into the classroom to identify and deal with real societal problems your community may be facing.
In Citizen Sensing you will learn how to use a microcontroller as the micro:bit and its IoT Expansion board to successfully use different environmental sensors that enables the measurement of air, sound, or water pollution in the surrounding environment. In Citizen Sensing, you will also be introduced to the Internet of Things (IoT) approach in the classroom, as well as discover new and engaging outdoor activities to develop with your students that focus on the identification of real problems. In Citizen Sensing you will also learn how to create your own customized Sensor detector pad, learn how to program the microcontroller, and how to read and interpret the data your students obtain. Finally, in Citizen Sensing you will also learn how to share results in open data environmental platforms, helping your students to compare their reality with other communities around Europe and have a more critical understanding of the challenges their surroundings may offer.
Citizen Sensing is mainly designed for 7th to 12th-year students, and it’s a fun but serious way to simultaneously teach electronics and programming for the social good.
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 such as laser cutters or vinyl cutters, which can be helpful for the customization of your projects. Inside a fablab, the only limit is your imagination! As such, 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 would like to highlight the fact that by taking this course you will also have free access to one hour of online courses and tutorials prepared by Buinho’s and available on our e-learning platform. Finally, the course also includes a cultural program for the participant, providing the opportunity to visit Portuguese landmarks and experience a bit of our Culture.
In Portugal, Buinho has been successfully teaching robotics, coding, and digital fabrication to children and youth 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. By working with public schools in Portugal we are also well aware of the budget constraints that in some cases provoke digital exclusion of poorer schools, and so have designed educational content that takes advantage of cheap or free equipment and components.
Target Groups – 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.