School Laboratory “InfoSphere“ – An Extracurricular Place of Learning for School Students of All Ages
The InfoSphere, founded in summer 2010, is an extracurricular learning place especially for Computer Science topics. It offers several perspectives on numerous facets and applications of Computer Science for school students of all ages and types of schools, beginning with the third class.
The InfoSphere is currently providing 28 workshops as an addition to regular school lessons with a length of half a day, a full day, or even several days. These courses provide experimental and action-oriented learning with a link to the school students’ everyday experiences and use a plethora of modern media and technology, for example smartphones, tablets, interactive whiteboards and microcontrollers.
Between October 2014 and September 2015, 77 workshops were hold in the learning lab InfoSphere with a total of 1,314 school students. Overall, the InfoSphere had 4,621 visitors.
Furthermore, the InfoSphere offers five holiday camps for interested kids to generate their own ideas for improving the world with small informatics projects. For this, they use an Arduino microcontroller, a lot of colorful LEDs, small engines and a 3D-printer.
Beyond this, the InfoSphere team created an online teacher training consisting of many short learning videos about Arduino microcontroller.
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