Pueblo Science and the Impact Centre invite you to take part in the inaugural Hackathon for Science Education taking place September 19-20 at the University of Toronto (Physics Study Lounge, 60 St. George Street, Toronto). The event will bring together 100 innovative students with scientists, engineers and educators as mentors. The students and mentors will work for 20 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 prototyping science kits that are engaging, curriculum-relevant and have a robotics theme. Teachers’ guides will also be written up to instruct educators 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 an expert judging panel on Sunday afternoon.