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CTJ Makerspace @ STEM Tech Camp Brasil 2019

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Em fevereiro passado, o CTJ Makerspace foi convidado a participar como parte da equipe de facilitadores / mentores do STEM Tech Camp Brasil 2019, realizado na PoliSUP, em São Paulo. Passamos uma semana compartilhando experiências e conhecimentos com um incrível grupo de educadores, capacitando-os por meio de treinamentos de alfabetização digital e de mídia, bem como sessões sobre o movimento maker e tendências atuais de educação.

O que é um STEM Tech Camp?

Trata-se de uma semana impactante de imersão, parte de um programa de dois anos da Embaixada dos EUA no Brasil, em parceria com o Laboratório de Sistemas Tecnológicos Integrais (LSI-TEC) da Escola Politécnica da Universidade de São Paulo (Poli-USP) e o Grupo Mais Unidos. Mas por que isso é importante? A edição brasileira de 2019 foi cuidadosamente planejada e executada para garantir o alcance de sua meta final: estruturar uma rede de multiplicadores formada por educadores, representantes das 27 Secretarias Estaduais de Educação e professores envolvidos com iniciativas escolares inovadoras em Ciência, Tecnologia, Engenharia e Matemática (STEM). E o momento é oportuno, já que o Brasil está prestes a implementar uma reforma massiva da educação que representa grandes desafios para todos os atores envolvidos. Nesse cenário, o Tech Camp de 2019 é de grande relevância, pois incentiva a colaboração entre pessoas com potencial e liderança para articular e aprimorar ações – já existentes e novas -, visando o avanço do STEM. Veja a lista completa de participantes aqui.

O Camp reúne grandes protagonistas e líderes inspiradores que vivem de acordo com o que pregam. A Dra. Roseli de Deus Lopes da USP com sua palestra sobre o 21st Century Skills faz um chamado à ação. Ela apoiou seu discurso com dados relevantes em um tom perspicaz e motivador. O setor privado foi representado pela IBM, Instituto 3M, Microsoft, Qualcomm e Educando, entre outros. Eles falaram sobre seus programas educacionais e transmitiram uma mensagem incisiva: procure parceiros próximos à sua escola, planeje estratégias, faça contatos, envolva a sociedade privada e a sociedade civil para fazer uma diferença significativa. Ao todo, a equipe organizadora criou o ambiente perfeito para as pessoas se conectarem com idéias e projetos e desenvolverem uma orientação ao espírito do “eu posso fazer”, para desenvolver um senso comum de projetos compartilhados que tenham grande potencial para preparar melhor novas gerações de educadores e estudantes com o foco em um sistema educacional mais significativo e envolvente.

Last February the CTJ Makerspace was invited to participate as part of the facilitators/mentors team of the STEM Tech Camp Brasil 2019, held at PoliSUP, São Paulo. We spent a week sharing experiences and knowledge with an amazing group of educators, empowering them through targeted digital and media literacy training as well as sessions on the maker movement and current education trends.

What’s a STEM Tech Camp?

It is an impactful workshop week, part of a broader two-year program by the U.S. Embassy in Brazil, in close partnership with the Technological Integral Systems Laboratory (LSI-TEC), Polytechnic School of the University of São Paulo (Poli-USP) and the Mais Unidos Group. But why is it important? The 2019 Brazilian edition was carefully planned and executed to make sure it reached its ultimate goal: structure a network of multipliers formed by educators, representatives of the 27 Brazilian State Secretariats of Education and teachers leading important school initiatives in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). And the timing is just right, as Brazil is on the verge of implementing a massive education reform that poses great challenges to all players involved. In this scenario, the 2019 Tech Camp is of high relevance because it motivates collaboration among people with the potential and leadership to articulate and improve existing and new actions aimed at advancing STEM. See the full list of Participants here.

The Camp puts together great players and inspirational leaders who live by what they preach. Dr. Roseli de Deus Lopes from USP and her talk about 21st Century Skills is a call for arms. She backed her speech with relevant data in an insightful tone. The private sector was represented by IBM, Instituto 3M, Microsoft, Qualcomm, and Educando among others. They talked about their educational programs and conveyed a loud message: look for partners near your school, strategize, network, involve the private and civil society in order to significantly make a difference. All in all, the organizing team created the perfect environment for people to connect with ideas and projects, and develop an “I-can-do-it” orientation toward developing a sense of common, shared projects that have great potential to better prepare new generations of educators and students toward a more meaningful and engaging educational system.

Speed Geeking dominou a cena

O Camp desafiou a nós, facilitadores, a mudar nossas perspectivas, não apenas ministrando, mas também experimentando o engajamento e o aprendizado ativo. E a melhor maneira experimentarmos esse aprendizado é passarmos por ele. Tivemos que apresentar, convencer e “vender” nossas sessões junto com outros grandes apresentadores. E eram tantas sessões incríveis. Como apresentadoras, foi uma oportunidade única, pois pudemos sentir como o público respondeu às nossas ideias e ajustamos a abordagem do que estávamos trazendo para a conferência, tentando atender melhor as necessidades de nosso público. Os participantes estavam ansiosos para ouvir o que tínhamos a dizer e fizeram perguntas para entender melhor se nossa proposta era viável e ia de encontro a suas próprias realidades. Eles podiam escolher apenas três sessões de treinamento, então, eles estavam animados, energizados e realmente querendo participar! A experiência realmente nos mostrou que podemos inspirar e “nos inspirar” em novas formas de ensinar e aprender, quando envolvemos as pessoas de maneira diferente. Veja aqui o que aconteceu nessa experiência de aprendizado ativa e única.


O Design Thinking sempre ajuda

Sempre que um grupo multidisciplinar de pessoas comprometidas se reúne em uma sessão de brainstorming, num esforço colaborativo para resolver um problema com o qual realmente se preocupam e usam a metodologia do Design Thinking, a mágica acontece. Os participantes foram separados em grupos representando as cinco regiões brasileiras (Sul, Sudeste, Centro Oeste, Norte e Nordeste) e  foram convidados a falar sobre os desafios de suas realidades, e não ficarem paralisados por eles. Eles tiveram que encontrar uma necessidade e desenvolver um plano de ação para atacá-la. Ter a Renata Duarte da IDEO conosco maximizou nossas chances de alcançar bons resultados porque ela ajudou todos os grupos com a pergunta “Como podemos …” – a base para iniciar um plano centrado no ser humano em direção à ação. A abordagem foi comprovada correta pelos projetos incríveis de todas as regiões apresentados no último dia.

Maker-Centered Learning no STEM Tech Camp

Lendo a mídia popular, pode-se erroneamente pensar que os benefícios do aprendizado baseado no fazer (maker-centered learning) giram em torno das habilidades STEM. No entanto, as sessões maker em um STEM Tech Camp são mais sobre fomentar a mentalidade do maker para introduzir o aprendizado ativo nas aulas de STEM, aumentar o engajamento do aluno e fazê-lo ter sucesso nesse campo. Reforçando isso, uma pesquisa conduzida pela equipe do Agency by Design Project (AbD) sugere que uma promessa central de aprendizado baseado no fazer é mais do que o ter o conhecimento acadêmico específico (STEM). O Project Zero, sede da AbD em Harvard, descreve o principal benefício maker na educação como sendo o conceito do “empoderamento maker”: um tipo de disposição caracterizada por ver o mundo (objetos e sistemas projetados) como algo que você pode mudar. O empoderamento maker também tem a ver perceber-se como uma pessoa talentosa, ávido por reunir o conhecimento “just-in-time”, necessário para redirecionar e redesenhar as coisas através da criação, do fazer e do engajamento em projetos colaborativos. O aprendizado baseado no fazer é um grito de ação, construção de comunidade e fortalecimento de redes. Logo, ter uma sessão de empoderamento maker no Camp fez todo sentido. Todas as pessoas envolvidas precisam observar, questionar e redesenhar a maneira como os sistemas funcionam. Para ter sucesso, eles precisam de uma comunidade confiável de profissionais multidisciplinares, dispostos a fornecer insights e apoio – e a equipe da USP os ajudará totalmente nessa jornada. Não se consegue ser mais maker do que isso: comunidade, processo e ambiente combinados para melhorar a maneira como ensinamos e aprendemos no Brasil.

Relatividade evidente & Potencializando o que temos

No terceiro dia do Camp, ficamos todos emocionados ao sermos apresentados a alguns programas educacionais extraordinários no Brasil. Um grupo do STEM Tech Camp 2018 foi convidado para contar suas histórias de sucesso, e isso teve um impacto poderoso nos Campers de 2019. Aprender com os ex-alunos do STEM Tech Camp Brasil 2018 foi inspirador e relatável. Também curtimos os painéis de negócios e interações (Q&A) com Microsoft, Instituto 3M, IBM, Qualcomm e Educando by Worldfund. Há muita coisa acontecendo lá fora, e devemos nos basear nos pontos fortes dos outros e aprender juntos.

Alguns finalistas da Mostra de C&T 13M apresentaram seus projetos fenomenais durante o STEM Tech Camp. Ouvir os jovens e os professores defenderem o seu trabalho foi muito motivador e destaca a necessidade de mais pesquisa e produção prática na educação básica. Os alunos falaram sobre a emoção de aprender e fazer com propósito e como os projetos impactaram suas vidas. Isso nos lembrou que jovens sendo seus próprios porta-vozes foi um tema atual na Faire Maker de NY em 2018. Nela, vimos um talk rápido com o MIT Admissions Officer, Chris Peterson que compartilhou as razões do MIT para adotar um portfólio maker como mais uma maneira os candidatos poderiam expressar suas idéias durante o processo de admissão. Os candidatos devem integrar sua produção com uma história de como, por que e para/com quem você faz. Pudemos perceber que isso é exatamente o que a mostra do Instituto 3M fez. Mesmo que nem todos os estudantes se tornem cientistas, a capacidade de justificar suas escolhas de projetos já é uma boa razão para que o STEM alcance todos os alunos do sistema público. Agora que a primeira semana de workshop terminou, as equipes trabalharão em estreita colaboração com a USP e os facilitadores. Nós da CTJ Makerspace faremos o nosso melhor para contribuir com todos os projetos e estamos ansiosos para vê-los todos bem sucedidos, criando um maravilhoso efeito cascata.

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Speed Geeking rules

The Camp challenged us, facilitators, to change our perspectives not only by delivering but also experimenting active engagement and active learning. And there is no better way than giving facilitators and participants opportunities to do just that. We had to pitch, convince, and “sell” our sessions against other great presenters. And so many great sessions there were. As presenters, it was a unique opportunity, since we got to feel how the audience responded to our ideas and troubleshoot our own approach to what we were bringing to the conference, trying to better tap into our audience’s needs. Participants were eager to hear what we had to say and asked questions to better understand if our proposal was feasible and adaptable to their own realities. They could choose only three training sessions, so they were excited, energized and EAGER! The experience really showed us that we can inspire and get inspired by new ways of teaching and learning when we engage people differently. Check what happened in this one-of-a-kind active learning experience.

Design Thinking helps every time

Whenever a multidisciplinary group of committed people sits together in a brainstorming session in a collaborative effort to solve a problem they genuinely care about and use Design Thinking framework, magic happens. Participants were separated into groups representing the five regions (Sul, Sudeste, Centro Oeste, Norte, and Nordeste) and asked to talk about the challenges and not be paralyzed by them. They had to find a need and develop an action plan. Having Renata Duarte from IDEO with us maximized our chances of achieving good results because she helped all the groups with their “How Might We…” question – the basis for starting a human-centered plan towards action. The approach was proven correct by the outstanding projects all the regions presented on the last Day.

Maker-Centered Learning in a STEM Tech Camp

Reading popular media, one might mistakenly think that the benefits of maker-centered learning revolve around science, math, engineering, and technology skills. Thus, maker sessions at a STEM Tech Camp are about fostering the maker mindset to introduce active learning in STEM classes, increase student engagement, and have them succeed in STEM. However, research conducted by the Agency by Design Project (AbD) team suggests that a central promise of maker-centered learning is more than the specific academic knowledge (STEM). Project Zero, home of AbD at Harvard, describes the primary benefit of maker in education as the concept of maker empowerment – a kind of disposition characterized by seeing the world (designed objects and systems) as something you can change. Maker empowerment has also to do with understanding oneself as a resourceful person, eager to gather the “just-in-time” knowledge necessary to repurpose and redesign things through making, creating, and engaging in collaborative projects. Maker-centered learning is a cry for action, community building and strengthening networks, so, having a maker empowerment session at the Camp makes a lot of sense. All people involved need to observe, question, and repurpose the way systems work. In order to succeed, they need a trusted community of cross disciplinary professionals, willing to provide insights and support – and the USP team will help them fully. It does not get more maker than that: community, process and environment to improve the way we teach and learn in Brazil.

Evident relatability & Leveraging what we have

On the third day of the Camp, we were all thrilled to learn about some extraordinary educational programs in Brazil. A group of 2018 Stem Tech Campers were invited to tell their success stories, and the impact on 2019 campers was powerful. Learning from the Alumni of the STEM Tech Camp Brasil 2018 was both inspirational and relatable.

We also enjoyed the business Panels and Interaction (Q&A) with Microsoft, Instituto 3M, IBM, Qualcomm, and Educando by Worldfund. There is so much already going on out there, and we should build on the strengths of others and learn together. See the business panels bellow.

Some finalists of Mostra de C&T 13M showcased their phenomenal projects during STEM Tech Camp. Hearing both youth and teachers advocate for their work was very motivating and highlights the need to have more research and hands-on making in basic education. Students talked about the thrill of purposeful learning and making and how the projects impacted their lives. Youth being their own advocates was a current topic at the NY Maker Faire, as MIT Admissions Officer, Chris Peterson shared MIT’s reasons for adding a maker portfolio as one more way applicants could express their ideas. Candidates have to integrate their making with a story of how, why, and for/with whom you make. I could notice that this is just what Instituto 3M Mostra did. Even if not all students will become scientists, being able to justify their project choices is already a good reason for advancing STEM for all students in the public system.

Now that the first workshop week is over, the teams will work in close collaboration with USP and the facilitators. We from CTJ Makerstpace will do our best to contribute to all projects and are eager to see them all succeed and create a wonderful ripple effect.

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Prototyping for Disability Rights | Makeathon Assitive Technology | 2017

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Casa Thomas Jefferson (CTJ) hosted  (from August 30th through October 19th) a program entitled “Educational Assistive Technology”. The program aims at prototyping for disability rights to empower youth to shape their world and effect change in their community. In this program, visually impaired and non-visually impaired students learned about fast prototyping and how they can use it to find solutions to problems that students with disabilities face. The idea is to place people with disabilities at the center of the creation of solutions, as they test and act as main players in the design process.

This innovative makeathon received financial support from The International Network of Emerging Library Innovators (INELI). This initiative demonstrated that sound program planning can attract the interest of partners committed to improving the Educational System in Brazil and it can also provide access to minorities. INELI’s main goal is to highlight libraries and innovation hubs that create meaningful and feasible solutions to social and cultural challenges that people in Latin America face.

The program itself was divided into a planning stage and three hands-on meetings. Af first, we hosted a preparatory meeting in which visually impaired students, teachers, parents and school administrators got together for an honest conversation about the challenges of teaching the visually impaired. During the first formal meeting, facilitators conducted an ideation session to help the non-visually impaired truly understand the challenge from the viewpoint of those who face it.  At each table, one visually impaired student informed the group about what he/she finds difficult to learn and why. The beauty of the event was that each table narrowed the obstacle down to one  challenge and started ideating to solve that specific problem.

Each group had the support of a skilled facilitator. They were:

  • Marcos Roberto – social entrepreneur and founder of Meviro
  • Fast prototyping specialists from 3Eixos
  • Luciana Eller – student and designer
  • Ana Cristina Alves – therapist and Universidade de Brasília professor

On September 28th, participants brought the first prototypes and the visually impaired tested and provided feedback on their usability. Based on this input, the whole group worked on finding better solutions, using laser cutters, 3d printers, arduinos, etc. – all the tools available at the makerspace. On October 19th, participants should return for the last meeting. Until then, they are welcome to  use CTJ’s  learning hub space to embetter their creations.

Casa Thomas Jefferson believes that running programs that place youth at the center and give them opportunity to think collaboratively and to use tools and resources for a meaningful purpose is what defines our spirit.

All the assistive solutions created by participants, using modern prototyping tools will be shared online soon.

Educational Assistive Technology with CIL 2 - Day 1

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Galaxy of Oppotunities :: Galáxia de Oportunidades

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A traditional classroom, an open space, or even the school playground could be a perfect fit to a simple, engaging, and life changing learning opportunity.  On August 30th, CTJ Makerspace offered 30 students from Universidade de Brasília access to tools and expertise that are often beyond the scope of traditional learning environments. We offered participants of the Galaxy of Opportunities 2017 a simple, yet engaging experience, aimed at encouraging STEM and  instilling a sense of leadership and opportunity in those who may be future leaders. We carefully delivered a session specially designed to offer an ambience for creativity, collaboration, sharing of ideas, and access to digital and analog prototyping tools.

The session was divided in three parts: discovery, inspiration, and prototyping. In the beginning, participants learned about the maker movement and startups that use makerspaces around the globe to create and develop their products. In the second part, Rodrigo Franco, cofounder of 3Eixos, a company that was born inside CTJ American Space spoke about the advantages of using our makerspace to boost their business. Also, we talked about Meviro, and how being a partner has helped it build a sound assistive technology makeathon methodology. In the last part, participants experienced design thinking to conceive their own startups and used some of the tools available at the space to prototype their products. It was an inspiring session that got very good feedback from participants and organizers.

Galáxia de Oportunidades

Sessão de design thinking durante o workshop “Makerspace : o kick-off da sua jornada empreendedora”, para os participantes do evento Galáxia de Oportunidades 2017.

Uma sala de aula tradicional, um espaço aberto, ou mesmo o pátio da escola, poderiam ser perfeitos para oferecer uma oportunidade de aprendizagem simples, envolvente e, até mesmo, de mudança de vida. Em 30 de agosto, o CTJ Makerspace ofereceu a 30 alunos da Universidade de Brasília ferramentas e conhecimento que muitas vezes estão além do seu alcance nos ambientes tradicionais de aprendizagem. Oferecemos aos participantes do evento Galáxia de Oportunidades 2017 uma experiência simples, mas envolvente, com o objetivo de encorajaro uso de habilidades STEM e instilar um senso de liderança e oportunidade naqueles que podem ser futuros líderes. Ministramos uma sessão especialmente concebida com carinho para proporcionar naquelas 2 horas um ambiente de criatividade, colaboração, compartilhamento de ideias e acesso a ferramentas de prototipagem digital e analógica.

A sessão foi dividida em três partes: descoberta, inspiração e prototipagem. No início, os participantes aprenderam sobre o movimento do fazer e ouviram as histórias de startups que usam makerspaces em todo o mundo para criar e desenvolver seus produtos. Na segunda parte, Rodrigo Franco, co-fundador da 3Eixos, uma empresa que nasceu dentro do CTJ American Space, falou sobre as vantagens de usar nosso espaço para incrementar seus negócios. Além disso, falamos também sobre a Meviro, e como ser um parceiro do CTJ Makerspace ajudou a construir uma metodologia para desenho de oficinas de cocriação e prototipagem de tecnologias assistivas. Na última parte, os participantes experimentaram uma sessão rápida de design thinking para conceber suas próprias startups e usaram algumas das ferramentas disponíveis no nosso espaço para prototipar seus produtos. Foi uma sessão inspiradora que obteve bons comentários dos participantes e dos organizadores.

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Prototyping for Disability Rights – Assitive Technology Makeathon | 2016

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As it happens to any living organism on the planet, some days are just better than others. When you get the chance to collaborate with great people to make dreams come true, motivate young people to learn technologies that can help others, and experience the power of a flexible learning space, its not just any other day at the office. It`s magical.  The history of the fight for the rights of people with disabilities is considerably new. However, nowadays we have some important advances in this area. At CIL 2, a public language teaching institution, there is a great community of people with disabilities – especially those who are visually impaired. CIL has become reference in Teaching English as a Second Language to blind people in Brasília. Despite their expertise, the students still face accessibility problems and lack of assistive technology. Casa Thomas Jefferson proposed to expand CIL’s reach by sharing its makerspace and hosting a program in which CIL staff and students had the opportunity to work alongside experts on fast prototyping. Participants learned how this kind of technology can be used to their own advantage in solving challenges faced by people with disabilities at their school.

The program 

“On Friday, September 23, in observation of “the Maker Week for Human Rights and Tolerance,” Casa Thomas Jefferson Asa Norte held a program for 20 public high school students and  3 students with a visual impairment.  All  students came from CIL 2 – Centro Interescolar de Línguas de Brasília  to collaborate, learn English,  and connect design with social change. Participants worked in teams, first interviewing the visually-impaired student to learn about some of the day to day challenges his or her disability presented, and then brainstormed ways to overcome these challenges.  Finally, they used CTJ’s Makerspace to draft up a design or prototype of their solution.

As a warmer, participants watched the trailer “Great Fight for Disability Rights”, which  documents the making of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to put themselves in the shoes of the visually impaired. The head teachers, who spoke only in English with students, used design thinking techniques to engage participants in creating empathy towards the difficulties visually impaired people face, and spot  challenges that could be overcome with a special type of assistive technology.  Students were divided into five groups of four; on each table there was either a visually impaired person or someone who could report from experience.  Participants easily identified with the topic, for CIL 2 has a strong community of people with disabilities.  At CIL there is a specialist who personally provides visually impaired students with sound learning strategies; Daniele Alves de Lemos was instrumental to the program, for she provided CTJ staff and facilitators with important pedagogical tips. Participants worked in teams, interviewing each other to learn about the challenges they face. At this point, visually impaired participants were eager to share their experiences, and participants brainstormed ways to overcome the challenges. The makerspace was bursting with discovery and creativity as students  learned about  manual and fast prototyping, practiced English, connected art and design with social change, and learned about digital artifact creation.

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The partners 

The program counted on the support of valuable partners. They were: Four facilitators from 3Eixos, a company founded by students from UnB – the local federal university, who worked against the clock to guarantee participants designed feasible projects; Patrick Ramon, CIL 2 supervisor, who was extremely enthusiastic about the idea and supported students and facilitators throughout the planning and execution of the project; Daniele Alves de Lemos, who is a specialist with CIL and provided all people involved with great input; and Marcos Roberto, founder of meviro.org, an outstanding accessibility project that inspired the program`s  narrative. The program also counted on the support of the director of the American Spaces project with the American Embassy, and of course, CTJ makerspace staff members who felt first hand the thrill of empowering people to use the space to promote economic and social change.

Participant`s projects

All facilitators had a back up plan (a feasible project) ready to share and inspire participants. One of the projects was a tactile map of the makerspace. However, participants were so touched and engaged that they came up with wonderful ideas of their own based on the real needs of the visually impaired people in the program.

  • 3D printed Tactile Map – central bus station;
  • 3D printed Bracelet – Identification of volunteers in the  school’s accessibility project;
  • 3D printed Tactile Map – from bus stop to school;
  • Arduino Super Cane –  to detect obstacles and improve accessibility;
  • 3D printed Outlet – to avoid electrical shocks.

CTJ makerspace staff members and all facilitators will visit CIL 2 in October to bring the projects and invite all CIL students to be part of our community. We are sure that CTJ will host more and more programs to inspire youth to build a better future.