The Municipal Council of Science, Technology and Innovation (CMCTI), associated with the Secretariat for Economic Development, Labor and Tourism (Sedettur), and the Secretariat for Education (Sedu) organize a joint work of training of education professionals and follow-up of the “Espaço Maker”, already in development in the municipal school system.
“Maker Space” consists of creating educational spaces in municipal schools, aimed at developing projects involving creativity, science and innovation. Building on a DIY culture, students, as well as education professionals, will be able to experiment with these spaces and create new projects. This is made possible by resources from the Schools Revolving Fund. The initiative provides for the implementation of these measures in 38 primary schools in the municipality’s network.
The idea is for the center to act as a project advisor, promoting events, training activities and reference studies to broaden the discussion of creativity, innovation and science in academic units. To make information accessible to all, an educational reference portal is being created.
Among those made redundant on the project is CMCTI professor and adviser Paulo Bruno Pestelli Rodriguez, who is also Sedu’s director of administrative development. It discusses the board’s role in this initiative and its purpose. It concludes that “the work of the CMCTI will be to encourage the participation of universities in Sorocaba and the productive sector, by providing opportunities to combine the knowledge and expertise produced by schools and other sectors of science and innovation”.
Flávio Mania, professor at the Federal Institute of São Paulo (IFSP) in Itapetininga and master’s student at the Unicamp School of Technology (FT-Unicamp), participated in the CMCTI study group on the culture of innovation and Education Trustee which took place last year and is now part of the project volunteers. He points out that the development of “Maker Space”, or environments dedicated to creativity, is fundamental to building social and cultural capital. “In contemporary society, the existence of everyday problems related to the 21st century is increasingly difficult. Developing initiatives that reflect these issues in the educational process is very important”, emphasizes the professor.
She also participated in the meeting, administrative assistant to editor Giuliana Vieira Pinto. Professor at Sorocaba College of Technology (Fatek) Nelson Rambin Filho; Coordinator of Professional Masters and Doctoral Courses at the University of Sorocaba (UNISO), Professor Daniel Bertoli; and pedagogical adviser of the Victor Valasca Municipal Network.