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.

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.