Pueblo Science and the Impact Centre invite you to take part in the inaugural Hackathon for Science Education taking place September 21-22 at the University of Toronto (ONRamp, 100 College Street, Toronto). The event will bring together more than 50 innovative students with scientists, engineers and educators as mentors. The students and mentors will come together for 22 hours (with an overnight break) to create kits that will teach aspects of robotics to high school students in low-resource communities around the world.
The event will provide a fun and engaging opportunity for University of Toronto alumni and students to become leaders, builders and innovators as well as to make an impact on education around the world. The kits developed during this Hackathon will enable teachers to introduce hands-on science and engineering experiences into their classrooms using robotics as the backdrop and improve their students’ attitudes towards STEM learning, concept uptake and problem solving.
Students in groups of 3-5 will participate in hacking from Saturday morning up to Sunday morning. Kits that are engaging, curriculum-relevant and have a robotics theme will be prototyped. Manuals will also be written up to guide teachers on how to construct the kits and how to teach it. Mentors knowledgeable in science and technology, education or resources available in remote communities will be providing input to all teams. The projects will be presented in front of a panel of scientists, engineers, and other experts for judging on Sunday afternoon.