25 institutes in Murcia incorporate robotics as a transversal subject

The impulse of the regional government to bring robotics to the educational field will allow 25 new secondary schools in the region to join the project ‘the yellow wire‘ with the aim of making the robotics a transversal tool between different subjects.

This was announced by the Minister of Finance and Public Administration, Andrés Carrillo, during the meeting he held with the three teams from Murcian schools that won the national robotics Olympiad.World Robotics Olympiad‘ (WRO), held last weekend in Murcia.

The winning team in the ‘Open’ category is made up of three students from Antonio de Nebrija school (Murcia), who presented a project on sustainable agriculture. This team will represent Spain in the international final of the Olympics, to be held in Costa Rica in November. In addition, in the same category, the team from the educational center obtained the second prize. Poplars (Murcia), and the third prize went to the school team Maestro Enrique Laborda school (Los Dolores-Murcia). These three proposals were selected by a jury of experts from a total of 14 student projects from all over the country.

67 teams participated in the robotics Olympics, made up of more than 200 young people from all over Spain, and 1,200 visitors were received.

‘The yellow wire’

The ‘El cable amarillo’ project was developed last school year in 25 secondary schools in the region, in collaboration with the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports, and more than a thousand students participated. The objective is to increase the presence of robotics in study centers. During this course, 25 more institutes will join. Next year it is planned to continue with the project and extend it to Primary schools.

This program consists of providing the selected centers with board equipment compatible with Arduino and Raspberry Pi, as well as the necessary electronic components for students to implement and design projects based on robotics. In addition, about 100 teachers were trained in the use of the supplies sent.

The budget for this program in 2016 exceeded 85,000 euros and is 80 percent co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund (Feder), and 20 percent with Community funds. In 2017 the investment is increased with an endowment of 96,000 euros so that 25 new centers have their robots.

‘The yellow cable’ aims to bring Robotics closer to students in a fun and entertaining way, encouraging collaboration between teachers of different subjects. For example, proposing multidisciplinary projects such as the construction of a weather station connected to the Internet in which the subjects of technology, robotics and natural sciences participate, among others.

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