With the guidance of Professor Francenylson Luiz Dantas, the students of the Elementary Education Centers (CEF) 405 and 113, at Recanto das Emas, have already developed robots for real-life application such as smart gardens, humanoids and robotic arms with different human abilities. The last humanoid, as it is called, has the ability to speak and receives command through a control that the students themselves produced in the classroom.
During the activities developed in the schools' workshops, students improve group work | Photo: Álvaro Henrique/SEE
Creator of the school's robotics project, Francenylson recalls that the activities developed go beyond programming robots. “It is a learning process and also of being able to encourage our students to think in a creative, practical, entrepreneurial and efficient way, in order to solve the problems studied in the classroom”, he points out. “In addition, we can identify the profile of each of them and help them in their professional interest.”
“We ended up discovering skills and talents we didn’t even know we had”
Letícia Alves, CEF 405 student at Recanto das Emas
By practicing activities to assemble robots and automated systems, the more than 100 students who attend the workshop not only develop skills in the field of exact sciences, but also stimulate relationship and emotional skills, such as empathy, teamwork, commitment and leadership.
“We ended up discovering skills and talents that we didn't even know we had,” says Letícia Alves, 13, a CEF 405 student. ”
Since the time the word robot was first used in the 1920s, the automated system has become a field of knowledge that has flourished among inventors, mathematicians, scientists and engineers. For young people in the school system, robotics works as an educational tool, improves cognitive development and the process of acquiring what is taught in the classroom.
With the aim of expanding knowledge, Francenylson trains teachers throughout the Recanto das Emas region, so that they can apply the project during classes with students in the initial, final and high school years.
“With the assembly of this equipment, we were able to work with different subjects – such as physics, mathematics, science – and even encourage those high school students who intend to study civil engineering in the future”, he explains.
The activity receives full support, explains the regional teaching coordinator of Recanto das Emas, Mariana Ayres. “We give all the educational and financial incentives”, says the manager. “When we receive [the resources from the Pdaf [Program for Administrative and Financial Decentralization], we always set aside an amount to help, and we also look for parliamentary resources to help the robotics project.”
Students from CEFs 405 and 113 represented the public network in the fourth edition of Campus Party, in March this year. The technology, innovation and entrepreneurship event featured the exhibition of robots created by students and presentations to the public. Around 100 thousand people visited the stands at Mané Garrincha.
Being able to represent a public school in the Federal District at one of the largest technology fairs in the country was gratifying not only for the children and adolescents, but also for the teachers. “Putting the students of Recanto das Emas as protagonists in the Campus Party is an indescribable feeling”, says Francenylson. “Despite the difficulty it was to get here, it is a dream that is coming true every day”.
*With information from the Department of Education