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Book chapter

Title A Iniciativa micromouse@utad.pt e o Estímulo ao Saber Tecnológico no Ensino Pré- universitário
Author Sérgio Silva, Salviano F. S. P. Soares, et al
Booktitle TICs para el Aprendizaje de la Ingeniería (TICAI 2015)
Editor Manuel G. Gericota, Juan Manuel Santos Gago (Capítulo Español de la Sociedad de Educación del IEEE)
Publisher IEEE
Address ISBN: 978-84-8158-711-1
Volume Cap. 8
Pages 59-68
Month May
Year 2016
DOI http://romulo.det.uvigo.es/ticai/index.php/ticai2015
Group Information Systems and Processing
Group (before 2015)

—This paper presents the educational robotics model of the micromouse@utad.pt initiative, his mission, how it is implemented, and its main results. The project addresses the urgent need to enhance student interest and performance in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) courses, while fostering skills that are important prerequisites for IT careers. In the near term, the project is helping Portuguese schools and students meet statewide academic standards. Over the long term, the project will helpinspire and prepare a new generation of IT professionals. The micromouse@utad.ptproject includes, in addition to the annual competition, the development of a kit, workshops for students and their teachers, and dissemination activities. The project was started in 2011 and all the preliminary phases are concluded. First results show that there is great interest and participation of all stakeholders. In the near future it will be necessary to add to the project a graphical language, Blockly, Scratch namely, in order to facilitate and stimulate the participation of younger students