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.

11/06/2017

First video presentations of this school year


The students of Petit Plançó School (Olot, Catalonia) were the first to share their video-presentations through the collaborative blog. More videos from Catalonia, Colombia and India will be coming soon.

After these first presentations and getting to know each other by exchanging messages, the children will begin to investigate this year's topic on their own: Learning from and with old people.

10/10/2017

Learning from and with old people


This is the fifth edition of the Inventors4change program. This school year the chosen topic that children will investigate is: "Learning from and with old people".

Children from 8 schools in 3 different countries (Catalonia, Colombia and India) will explore this topic, get to know each other, and carry out digital collaborative projects.

In the photo above these lines you can see the participating students of the El Petit Plançó School. And below, the participating students from Institut-Escola de Besalú and Parikrma Schools (Jayanagar and Nandini Layout). Soon we will also introduce you to the participating students from Colombia.

8/28/2017

Sharing examples of collaborative work

We are about to start a new school year in Inventors4Change, with participating schools from Spain, India and Colombia. We will tell you the news soon, but before that we want to share a couple of videos that show examples of collaborative digital stories designed and developed by children from Spain and India during the last academic year. The theme was Access to Education. The first story was led by children of Institut de Gurb, and the second by children of Escola Carme Auguet.


6/19/2017

Colombia joins Inventors4Change


Our team attended the EdukaTIC 2017 Conference in Cali, Colombia. We gave a keynote about Makers & Changemakers and we conducted a workshop on Maker Education for teachers. 

In Colombia we also visited some stakeholders like schools and maker spaces, and the result is that three schools in the area of Cali will join our project from the next school year. The three schools belong to Comfandi, a non-profit social enterprise that provides health services, education, subsidy, housing, recreation and culture.

So our initiative is from now implemented in three countries (Spain, India, Colombia) as Inventors4Change, and in 4 more countries (Italy, Romania, Spain and UK) as InventEUrs.

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).