CTC Catalunya 2015

Posted by on July 17, 2015

We have just started CTC* Catalunya 2015 in Barcelona with David Cuartielles preparing a group of 200 teachers that will be teaching CTC* to students in Cataluña in September. A technology fair will be hosted by the end of the program and we expect more than 2500 people to attend.
 
Last year’s show included over 240 projects, which means we will probably have twice as many for this year’s show. This is the second edition of the program and it will reach 103 schools; we expect about 2.500 students to be involved in the project and the final fair will be at CosmoCaixa Museum in Barcelona on February 6th, 2016. Since the numbers promise a lot and the amount of people participating might be big, we will need the whole temporary exhibition space at the museum to be booked for the fair! :)
 
Click here for a press article on the teacher training in Barcelona. (in Catalan).
 
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*Creative Technologies in the Classroom (CTC) is a collection of experiments aimed at transforming the way technology is taught in schools around the world. These experiments introduce basic concepts in programming, electronics, and mechanics.
 
Thanks to the Departament d’Ensenyament of the Generalitat de Catalunya and our partner eduCaixa Obra Social “La Caixa” who is also involved with launching CTC for 75 schools in Andalusia this fall. Stay tuned for news on CTC Andalucía.

 

Etopia Kids Summercamp 2015

Posted by on July 14, 2015

The Etopia Kids Summer Camp is hapenning for the third time in Zaragoza thanks to a great collaborative work with Etopia Center for Art and Technology. Aside from the activities from previous years, this year we developed new content to teach Internet of Things to 9-12 year old kids. We called it: “Internet de tus cosas” (which means Internet of your things). The summer camp had 7 different programs for different ages with activities such as: stop motion, cinema, photography, robotics, 3D printing and an introduction to all activities for beginners.
 

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The summer in Zaragoza has been a success even with the heatwave that stroke Spain in the last days (Zaragoza even reached a 43 C temperature). Kids surely know how to have fun while learning and making. Check out this video where David Cuartielles led them to make an experiment with Mentos, coke and Arduino Yún.
 

 

Thanks to the Fundación Zaragoza Ciudad del Conocimiento, Obra Social Ibercaja and Zaragoza’s City Council.

David Cuartielles at Sonar +D

Posted by on June 30, 2015

David Cuartielles gave a talk about the value of Open Source in the popular Sonar Festival in Barcelona as part of the Sonar+D section. He also gave a workshop with Alessandro Cortini (Making Noise with Arduino) and participated in Meet The Expert which is a series of 10-minute professional coaching meetings with experts in different fields.
 
Sónar+D is the international conference that brings together a combination of activities with a common theme: the relationship between creativity and technology and the digital transformation of the cultural industries involved.
 
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Photo: Sonar+D
 
There was a brief introduction about Arduino and David presented some examples like:

  • The Alcontrol Device (a breath analyser that detects high alcohol levels and limits mobile usage of a user depending on how drunk he/she is)
  • The involuntary dance machine that uses electrical stimulus to different muscles
  • A 5-day hack to a car that needed be driven remotely by musicians playing live
  • A large scale light installation for the Jakarta Marathon

He also got the opportunity to talk about robotics, kids learning about coding and electronics, and the future for Arduino. As an addition, our dear collaborator for Casa Jasmina happened to be the closing keynote. Bruce Sterling talked about technology, music and the past and current states of the industry. Check out a summary of his talk here.
 

CTC Kreatech Technology Fair

Posted by on June 16, 2015

We were looking forward for the Swedish students of CTC Kreatech* to show the outcome of their courses. We’ve just celebrated the technology fair and the presentation was held at our partner’s space STPLN, which is a great cultural space next to one of the most important open skateparks in Sweden. The event had a participation of 100 students and 30 projects.
 
The students got to use the machines at Fabriken (STPLN’s Fablab) to 3D print or lasercut parts for their projects and presentations. They did a really good job at exhibiting their creations: a very young group (11-12 years old) won the best project by presenting a plant watering system that regulates water pumping with a humidity sensor.
 
Other projects included a wearable LED bracelet, a remote control car, elevators, a pouring salt cloud machine, a prototype of a chair for people with mobility limitations, and a turning head doll controlled with sensors. We were really glad that some also added complexity to their projects by using remote control via bluetooth. School and government representatives felt engaged to make a bigger and better technology fair for next year. Congratulations Malmö for the success!
 
*This is a project that works with eight different primary and secondary schools in Malmö with the participation of 16 teachers and 400 students to implement the CTC Educational Program which is a collection of experiments aimed at transforming the way technology is taught in schools around the world. These experiments introduce basic concepts in programming, electronics, and mechanics.
 
CTC Kreatech is financed by The Swedish Inheritance Fund (Allmänna Arvsfonden) and it’s a collaboration between STPLN and Arduino Verkstad.
 
Photos: Alrik He
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Video by Staffan Hessel

Our Educational Program CTC got funded by Internetfonden! (Internet Fund in Sweden)

Posted by on May 27, 2015

We are very glad to announce that our project Creative Technologies in the Classroom (CTC) was selected to be funded by the Internetfonden in Sweden which is an institution derived from the administration of the .SE top level domain. Part of the profits from that domain suffix go to different funds for various initiatives that contribute the Internet development in Sweden.
 
“The selected projects have to be related to technological development, applied research, dissemination of knowledge about the Internet and its use, and develop or use the Internet in an innovative way.” -Internetfonden
 
We will improve the CTC* project by adding content for the Internet of Things**, we will implement our educational program to high school students so they learn how to connect the physical world to the Internet through practical examples and projects using Arduino Yun.
 
*Creative Technologies in the Classroom (CTC) is a collection of experiments aimed at transforming the way technology is taught in schools around the world. These experiments introduce basic concepts in programming, electronics, and mechanics.
 
**Internet of Things brings to life the idea that everything can be connected to the Internet: your microwave and your car, your locks and your bike at the gym. All these objects can communicate with each other and exchange data to offer people easier ways to manage everyday life tasks.
 
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CTC Castilla 2015 Technology Fair 3rd Edition

Posted by on May 19, 2015

Creative Technologies in the Classroom* gives us a lot of joy whenever we visit the students’ fairs. Each iteration of CTC (Madrid, Castilla, Barcelona and so forth) has its own technology fair and it is meant to award and congregate students and their projects.
 
*Creative Technologies in the Classroom (CTC) is a collection of experiments aimed at transforming the way technology is taught in schools around the world. These experiments introduce basic concepts in programming, electronics, and mechanics.
 
Arduino Verkstad, teachers, school and government representatives join as well to celebrate and share what students have learned along the program. This year is the third edition of CTC Castilla and the fair had 140 projects, 936 students and 70 teachers. We have noticed that:
 

  • Teachers learned along with the students since they are not reproducing the CTC projects as the final projects, they have innovating by bringing new ideas
  • We got told that teachers are forced by the students to open the labs late after school hours because they want to spend more time working on their projects
  • Students have become pretty good at pitching projects, not only their production is excellent, but also their presentation skills

Some of the most impressive projects are:
 
A robotic hand controlled from a phone that even had an app with the sign language alphabet so that the hand would “talk” for you, and an R2D2 made of recycled materials. All the pictures and many videos of the projects can be seen here. Thanks to Centro Regional de Formación del Profesorado, Castilla La Mancha and congratulations to all CTC participants!
 
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Robots are for everyone

Posted by on May 18, 2015

Everyone can learn about robots and robotics.
 
So sign up for a 4 hour practical introduction to robotics within The Conference 2015 Malmö, that is one of the most important yearly events about digital culture and innovation. During two days, Media Evolution will host 50 speakers from around the world to share their thoughts on the digital world.
 
You will get to use our very friendly Arduino Robot called Svante and remember: it’s free of charge, no technical or programming experience is needed and there is only room for 12 participants. Hurry and register!
 
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Media Evolution
9:00 am – 2:00 pm
Monday August 17, 2015
 
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Job call: Project Manager specialised in Education

Posted by on May 7, 2015

Have you worked managing a team that develops educational programs? Have you done management in the educational field?
 
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We are looking for an Educational Projects Administrator.
 
Your tasks will include:

  • Managing educational projects commissioned by funding bodies, and directed towards schools, teachers and students.
  • Coordinating the production of educational kits from internal and external resources to Arduino.
  • Internal planning, scheduling, communication, and reporting of education projects.
  • Time-reporting and HR management, and education projects-specific admin issues.

Arduino Verkstad AB is currently running a series of educational projects in Sweden, Spain and Ecuador. We are looking for a person to help manage those projects, but also help in the expansion to other markets.
 
You will become part of our project management team reporting directly to the Education Manager of Arduino, based at Arduino Verkstad AB and collaborating both with the Arduino SA’s CEO office in Switzerland and with members of the other Arduino companies in Europe. In this respect, we are looking forward to get applications from candidates with outgoing and professional personalities.
 
You should be familiar to different tools for project administration like e.g. Basecamp or Microsoft Project. You should know about educational standards in documentation, education software tools and policies.
We are looking for a flexible, driven, communicative, articulate, problem-solver.
You should be ready to start working with us as soon as possible.
Arduino Verkstad is a multilingual company which means that you need to be fluent in English, Swedish knowledge is preferred.
 
Practical aspects:

  • salary: to be discussed considering your application
  • percentage: we are looking for people that can start working 100%
  • our office is located Malmö, Sweden

Please send your application to jobs-verkstad@arduino.cc
 

David Cuartielles / Arduino Platform, Swedish Engineering Prize (SER) 2015

Posted by on May 7, 2015

We are happy and proud to announce that our CEO David Cuartielles got this year’s prize from the Swedish Electrical and Computer Engineers’ National Association (Svenska Elektro- och Dataingenjörers Riksförening) SER. The association awards an engineering student and a senior engineer that works with electrical, data and IT technology. The senior engineer has to lead an important role in smart and sustainable technological development.
 
“This year the award goes to David Cuartielles from Malmö University for his open source platform Arduino, which is based on easy to use hardware and software to develop interactive projects.”
 
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This award has been possible thanks to the kind support of the Arduino family, Malmö Högskola and most importantly, the open source community.

We are waiting for David to arrive from Stockholm to celebrate and fika!

 

Wearable Tech Hackathon 2015 @ MINC

Posted by on April 29, 2015

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We partnered with Minc to host the Wearable Tech Hackathon 2015 last weekend with the participation of 34 people from different backgrounds such as electronics, interaction design and experienced hacking. The winner of the hackathon was the Electromagnetic Field Sensing Hoodie that is a sweater that measures electromagnetic radiation in the environment, it also contains a heart rate monitor to measure how EMF affects humans.
 
Other projects developed at the hackathon were:
2nd Price: MFJAB: A person locator meant to shorten long distances or time in large spaces when trying to find a specific person in a workingspace. The device also indicates the status of the person: busy, break or meeting.
 
3rd Price: Gröna vågen för cyklister: A box that helps cyclists anticipate traffic so they can hit the green lights on all traffic signs. The device helps also adjust the speed of the cycling as well.
 
WakeyWakey-P: A bracelet that wakes you up if you fall asleep when you shouldn’t.
 
Leta barn: A device that helps locate lost children in an open space, this is meant for excursions in the woods or any other space with a difficult or complex access.
 
More information about the projects is available here (in Swedish). Find more pictures of the hackathon here.