Welcome to Inventors4Change

Inventors4Change wants to provide children with tools, techniques and knowledge that let them invent the changes they want to see in the world. It consists of a network of schools and organizations which use Technologies for Creative Learning and Digital Media tools to foster Invention-Based Collaborative Learning among children from different countries. The project is particularly focused on children from underserved communities and children's inventions are inspired by Sustainable Development challenges.

3/29/2017

Federico Mayor Zaragoza awards


Last Saturday our team went to Tortosa to attend the Federico Mayor Zaragoza awards ceremony, organized by UNESCO Tortosa. We are very happy and we feel very honored because we were awarded with the Federico Mayor Zaragoza - Education 1st Prize for our project.

This award is an important recognition for our work and it keeps us motivated to continue working to promote Connected Learning and Global Citizenship Education among children to help them become changemakers. Obviously it is not an award just for the project team, but for all the schools, children and teachers who have participated in these 4 years.

Federico Mayor Zaragoza is a Spanish scientist, scholar, politician, diplomat, and poet. He served as Director-General of UNESCO from 1987 to 1999. He is currently the Chairman of the Foundation for a Culture of Peace.


2/19/2017

Field work in India 2017


Our Inventors4Change team has finished their stay in India. The objective was to conduct workshops with children and teachers of the schools participating in the project, in this way they know the tools and methodologies that we will use during the collaborative work India-Spain.


For five weeks we have performed workshops and trainings in different schools, and we have also visited other learning centers and projects that stand out for their pedagogical approach or for their educational innovations. For us, every trip is also an opportunity to learn.


In particular, this year during our stay, we worked intensively with the four schools of the Parikrma Foundation, we carried out some activities at Shanti Bhavan School and The Valley School, and we visited the Project DEFY.

 

Our actions included activities such as workshops and trainings on Scratch, LEGO tinkering, cardboard automatas, underwater robotics, drones, Arduino, and other creative learning experiences where we tried to merge technology, art and science. We also conducted videoconferences between Parikrma Jayanagar School and Carme Auguet School, and between Parikrma Nandini Layout School and Institut de Gurb.


Now it's time to create mixed virtual teams with children from both countries, and to start the online collaborative work. Children will use Scratch to create digital stories about this year's topic: the access to education.


 




 









12/27/2016

First contributions


Participating children in Catalonia have already begun to share their team video-presentations and their opinions on Acces to Education through their collaborative blog. You can check it here.

This is what Jana and Clàudia (8th graders) from Institut de Gurb said:
We think that the topic of this project [Access to Education] is very interesting. Besides it is totally appropriate for us. By carrying out this project, we have the opportunity to learn English, to practice Scratch and also to enrich ourselves when talking to our Indian colleagues. Although this project seems quite difficult for us, we feel really inspired and we are eager to start. From our point of view, the right to education is extremely important. We have learnt that this is one of the goals for sustainable development that UN wants to achieve by 2030. That would be grateful, but we think it might be difficult. One of the greatest activists who stands for this right is Malala Yousafzai, who was attacked when she was coming back from school.
And here the video-presentations of  children at Escola Carme Auguet and Institut de Gurb. To talk in English is a big challenge for them, but a great opportunity!

11/22/2016

Access to Education

https://kidblog.org/class/inventors4change/

This academic year 2016-17, kids from participating schools in India and Spain will write and share articles and opinions on the topic under discussion this year: Access to Education. The following weeks they will post their contributions (articles and video-presentations) on their Kidsblog

In this edition participating schools are: Parikrma Jayanagar (India), Parikrma Nandini Layout (India), Institut de Gurb (Spain) and Escola Carme Auguet (Spain).

After the research/presentations stage, students will participate in virtual cross-cultural exchanges and they will collaborate to create digital stories about Access to Education with Scratch .

Stay tuned! 

10/26/2016

Inventors4Change 2016-17. About to start again!


We are already designing new creative learning activities for the next edition of project Inventors4Change. This academic year students of Parikrma schools (India), and Escola Carme Auguet and Institut de Gurb (Catalonia) will experience cross-cultural exchanges and connected learning activities, they will investigate the new topic (Access to Education) on their own, and will create collaborative stories and animations with Scratch.

In addition, in January and February, our team will travel to India to work with the participating schools (and also with other schools and educational projects: Shanti Bhavan School, The Valley School, Project DEFY). During those weeks we will conduct teacher training and workshops for children. We are preparing a bunch of STEAM and maker activities including: scribbling machines, LEGO art machines, cardboard automatas, LEGO tinkering with legged walkers (like the one in the photo), MIT App Inventor, Scratch, underwater robots and rescue robots.

Soon we will publicly launch a new spin-off project of Inventors4Change: the project InventEUrs. It is a new European initiative with funding from the European Comission and partners in Spain, Italy, Romania and the United Kingdom. Stay tuned!

7/04/2016

Final digital stories, Inventors4Change 2015-16


During the 2015-16 academic year, children from participating schools in India and Spain have been investigating the refugee crisis. First they used a blog to express their views and findings. Then the teams were presented to each other through videos, and some videoconferences between India and Spain were held. Finally the children used Scratch to invent and create digital stories and animations on the refugee crisis. In these stories, backgrounds were designed by children in India, and the characters were designed by children in Spain. Then they remixed the projects and coded the animations. 

In this post we share a video of one of those awesome stories. It was mostly created by kids at Institut de Gurb. You can see the rest of the final stories here (the 8 projects in the first two rows are the final stories).


3/18/2016

Hello, Namaste, Hola from Salt!


At Escola Veïnat sixth graders have been recording videos to introduce themselves to their peers in India. An interesting aspect of virtual exchanges for Catalan children is that they have to practice English. It's not an easy challenge, but they are doing very well!

Below we share one of these nice videos. For the complete list please visit kids blog (audio quality is low, so turn up the volume!).

3/09/2016

Global Education in Action. GlobalEdTV Webinar Series


On March 2 we participated in the webinar Global Education in Action, part of the GlobalEd.TV Webinar Series produced by the Global Education Conference and Know My World. These webinars spotlight theories and best practices related to multiculturalism in schools and organizations all over the world.

Our contribution was a talk about Inventors4Change, to explain our activities related to global education, the global competences that we are fostering, examples,  results, impact, etc.

The webinar was hosted by Lisa Petro (Know My World) and the guests were: Genevieve Murphy (Know My World & American School Taichung), Dareshanie D'Arpino (Boys and Girls Club of Newburgh) and Eduard Muntaner (Inventors4Change).

Below you can find the video of our talk (8m28s) and the full webinar (1h11m):


2/16/2016

Team-based workshop on underwater robotics with kids of Parikrma


Besides promoting virtual collaboration of schools, an important part of the work of our team also consists of providing training to schools and conducting workshops and activities with children. On our last stay in South India we conducted activities for 8 schools.

In all the activities we have focused on promoting creative learning through a constructive and innovative use of technology.


The most spectacular activity was the underwater robotics workshop, where kids from 5 Parikrma Centres for Learning, divided into 4 teams, spent three full days to build from scratch a remotely operated underwater robot using low-cost materials such as PVC pipes, wood, etc. The students customized their own design over the different phases of the workshop.

Apart of increasing the interest of students for science and technology, and of promoting engineering skills, capabilities and values, the idea is that once the activity is completed, every team understands that with teamwork, effort and a good working strategy, every problem can be overcome.

We were very pleased with the results of the workshop. Students exceeded our expectations, and even taking into account some limitations of materials, they managed to put and drove fully functional robots into the water.


This workshop would not have been possible without the invaluable help of the staff of Parikrma, and without the facilities that The Koramangala Club offered us. Thank you so much to both!

Photos by Jordi Freixenet.
 

2/03/2016

Virtual exchange between Jayanagar and Salt


Today we connected India and Catalonia again. Some children of Parikrma school in Jayanagar and children of Veïnat school in Salt had a great video conference. In a world that requires multi-lateral and cross-cultural cooperation, education exchanges are really important to prepare next generations.

Participating children introduced themselves, talked about their cities, their countries, they practiced English, they learned words and expressions in Kannada and Catalan, but above all, they had a great time!  

The following weeks they will continue their work about the refugee crisis in their KidBlog, they will create presentations, an on March they will start their collaborative work and will create and share animations, stories and computer games.