By using and experimenting with 3D printers, augmented reality systems and robotics, among other tools, the “CampTech” project seeks to motivate high school students to be part of the transformative engine of the future.
The initiative, launched in 2019 by Inacap directors and professors and made a reality thanks to the award of a Competitiveness Innovation Fund (FIC) from the Regional Government of Biobío (financed until April 2023), is already well underway after being launched on April 4 in the municipality of Laja.
“CampTech aims to bring Industry 4.0 technologies – which are changing the world today by transforming the way things are done – into schools and high schools so high school students can see how how these new technologies affect their environment today and in the future,” explained Matías Díaz, leader of the project and teacher at Inacap’s Los Angeles headquarters, to EL DÍNAMO.
For this purpose, Inacap will mobilize modular laboratories with 4.0 technology in educational institutions of 14 municipalities in the province of Biobío, intervening there for two weeks with blocks of classes both in the morning and in the afternoon. This corresponds to the institutional commitment to territorial development.
teaching and learning methodology
Arousing students’ interest is key to motivate them to enter the world of Technology 4.0 and for this reason CampTech promotes a learning method based on ‘learning by doing’.
“It mainly uses an active methodology aimed at allowing students to learn by doing things. And that’s why all the modules are super practical, although they still have certain theoretical parts, but it’s the minimum that is necessary. The idea is that the student is able to build their learning by interacting with these technologies; for example by assembling and programming robots,” explains Díaz.
It is also important that the teachers of the respective schools participate in the initiative in order to incorporate the knowledge they have acquired into their teaching process.
In total, the team behind CampTech consists of around 22 people, including Inacap teachers and students. The latter are student assistants or those pursuing their professional practice in areas such as computer science, programming and automation, among others.
In addition to 3D printing, robotics and augmented reality, CampTech includes modules on home automation, Internet of Things (IoT), energy efficiency, artificial intelligence and design thinking methodology.
“The expectation is to be able to continue with that, and hopefully Inacap’s Los Angeles headquarters will become an example for other institutions – and schools too – to join, always through this type of active methodology. And we also want to make an impact not only in the field of education, but also in other fields such as companies, public organizations, etc., since these technologies have specific applications for different problems,” concluded the Inacap teacher and director of CampTech.