ConMasFuturo.com was born in 2012. The project began like game at that time. A dad had created an extracurricular lesson to his kids, but when he realized, the idea had become in a company that oferted extracurricular lessons and tech camps to other children. We were one of the pioneers. In a short time ConMasFuturo.com had become in the industry leader in Spain, with more than a hundred of schools and franchises around all country.
When we were beginning and we said to the schools that a kid could programing and also “It was something important to their education”… they looked us with an astonished face and they didn’t believe us.
Those were other times. Not long time after that, the schools were theyown who gave us the surprise. Suddenly, the requests come from the schools which needs our help to incorporate the Programming to their classes started increasing, because an extracurricular was not enough. Them, they wanted that their own teachers taught Programming, as a curricular lesson or integrated it on Maths.
We had gone through the scepticism to an enthusiastic transformation. ¡Even some public administrations had made the Robotics and Programming in a required subject!
On that new situation the schools asked us to train their own teachers. But, could we really prepare a teacher in an extensive knowledge of Robotics and Programming?
How many hours would be necessary to control the subject? And how long is necessary to prepare the lessons and educational materials? It would really useful the training that they asked us?
The solution that really needed the schools was classroom materials that let them follow the lesson and made easier the labor to teachers.
Would be possible that those materials made the lessons attractive and enjoyable to the children? Could we use the team work, the peer tutoring and the work projects?
Could we work with the latest technologies as Arduino, automation, Internet of Things, TCP/IP, Networking, APPs or Databases?
Would we be able to make the children learn Maths or Science at the same time they learn Programming?
And would we teach the Programming to kids on Preschool education?
Also, could we teach Programming from Preschool to Secondary school?
And the most important thing, could we make it on a easy and practise way to teachers who don’t be PROGRAMMING AND TECHNOLOGY EXPERTS?
We took the challenge. And that’s how STEAM SCHOOL IN-A-BOX was born.
Make possible the Robotics present in all the schools around the world, since four to sixteen years.
Create educational products that make easier to any school teach Robotics, Programming, and STEAM subjects.
Reach that the children develop and take advantage of all their potential in these areas.
I’m going to tell you what is going to be the future of the technology education in the schools.
But before that, lets me talk about Diego, my son.
A few weeks ago, before start the new school year, I woke up at night and I found my son awake. He was thrilled. He had simply managed to make Artificial Intelligence (AI) “recommendations” similar to Netflix.
You know, an AI which suggest other movies different depending the one that someone have seen before. Amazon has something similar with books. The main thing is that my son was only 16. This moment wasn’t been an isolated episode. The previous summers he worked on Home automation or making his onw DIY Drone.
The key? My son has learnt Technology since 8. And he has done it following a project, a truly itinerary through years.
But, could an ordinary school make something similar? Could make it ALL THE SCHOOLS? Could ALL THE CHILDREN from a country access to a similar training? Not only is possible. It’s what going to happen. And it’s happening in few years. Inexorably.
The tech projects in contrast to other curricular subjects are more atractive to the students. They are handier and funnier. So problably will be easier bring a young lad to an excelence level in Technology, than teach them complex mathematical calculations. Also, the practice cararacter of the tech lessons make it different to the rest of subjects. Learning Technology is challenging and motivating.
In a short time will be easier to a teacher trains Technology. Even more that teach complex mathematical or physics calculations.
The present is a moment of methodological indetermination. We come from a past where the teachers used their own knowledge and just the help of a book in class. But the prospective is other. At the future the children may interact instantly with training supports. The educational and technical materials will be more accesible. The main source of education will not be only the teacher. Will be the same method and materials. The students may interactuate with a educational comunity and an expert equipment on a way would not even be imaginable before the 2000. The work of teachers will not be that of an expert in technical skills. Rather, will be a director that showes the way to the student by educational itineraries created for profesional educators especialiced in the differents areas. The key will be on the access to the adecuated materials.
Against this new paradigm, the students will be more interested for the tech subjects, the access to the information and the educational material will be easier to teach. But also the families may push for progress of the schools in their tech learning.
If you think about it, What do you say that’s more relevant for the formation of your kids in the XXI century than the tech learning? Is not one of the main reasons that you could think? And it’s not only learn programming.
I’m dad of a girl aswell, Sofía. She has recived technological formation since the early years. In her case, she hasn’t got any intention to develop a programming carrer. However, for her the tech educación is also a great advanted. The Technology is not only STEM (Science, Engineering, Maths), is also STEAM (Arts) and ITC (Information and Communications). My daughter has noticed this advanted at school and I hope that also will noted in her life. At the school her control of the Technology is evident, at the presentations, and the use of the information. The difference between her and her school mates have noted too much, and these are the skills that a porfesional on the XXI will need. Also, learn programming is one of the most extraordinary ways to practice the logical and the intelligence. Certainly, my daughter can be really satisface with his academic results and her marks. And what is very important, she has enjoyed a lot the process of learning Technology. Are there any parent who don’t want something like this to his children?
But also we may see it from the point of view of the schools as educational institutions. Their only option is get ready as fast as can to this change. If they do it by itself, will be others schools whose push them. Some will see it as an oportunity to improve. The rest, can’t fall behind.
The combination of these factors will make, in a short time, that the schools incorporate technological learning as a supporting axis. They will start at the early education years. Disigning a study program a long the kids school career, adapted to their age, looking for the tech excelence to the oldest studentes. It wouldn’t have lonely school, will be all group.
In this future, many children in their 16, will make Artificial Intelligence (AI) projects by themself. In the future the Technology education for the children will be a right as today is the literacy and basic Maths.
A MISSION TO LEAVE FOOTPRINTS
[ROBOTICS IN ALL THE SCHOOLS AROUND THE WORLD, SINCE FOUR TO SIXTEEN YEARS]
STEAM SCHOOL IN-A-BOX‘s team is made of a multidisciplinary education and technology enthusiasts profesionals. Pedagogues, teachers, designers, technology experts, marketing and communication, human resources, entrepreneurship and management.
We believe in Technology as a way and not as a end. That’s why our target is take advantage of the possibilities that gives the Programming and Robotics to improve the education of our children.
We do not believe in digital natives. But we think in instruc the youngs of 21st century in skills and the knowledge necessary to develop theirself with security, confidence and autonomy in the digital world changing that have to live.
R+D TEAM (A mix of pedagogues and engineers from different areas)
We are a team with a long experience on kids training and technical teaching high level on the development of STEAM SCHOOL IN-A-BOX projects.
From computing and programming to the communications, industrial and electronic engineering, automotive sector, security…
Everything mixing up with kids training experience. That’s the only way to reach the many technologies as a curricular subject demands.
We have a large team of experts in the areas of management, social networks, marketing, communications, human resources and administration.
The JABY SCHOOL, located in Torrejón de Ardoz (Madrid) is the STEAM SCHOOL IN-A-BOX pioneer reference school.
Close to get the 50 years of experience, the JABY SCHOOL is a bilingual and leader in innovation through the curricular integration of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) in all its academic levels. It bets for the methodological and analytical innovation, promoting values as effort, the honesty, the responsibility and the creativity.