Manaus (AM) — The Government of Amazonas, through the State Department of Education and School Sports, creates and expands incentives to boost the professional careers of students in the public education network. One of the new initiatives is the Edutech project, which aims to train students in the area of technology, innovation and digital culture to strengthen the performance of students in the 9th year of Elementary School in schools. The announcement was made by Governor Wilson Lima, this Wednesday (7), during the opening of the 2024 school year, at Escola Estadual (EE) Governador Melo e Póvoas, west of Manaus.
The Edutech program has an investment of approximately R$30 million and 36 thousand robotics kits purchased. According to the governor, the objective is to start preparing students for vocational education and, in the future, for the job market.
“There are approximately 32 thousand students benefiting from this new platform that we are including in the curriculum. We have people specialized in technology, in this robotics language, who will provide advice to 9th year students and as part of the preparation for entry into secondary school, taking into account the new secondary education, which already foresees that the student will leave also with a professional certificate, ready for the job market”,
said Wilson Lima
The Edutech kit consists of two textbooks, which will enable learning block programming and automation. In addition to the books, students will also receive a technology kit with items such as: the Arduíno UNO board, LEDs, cables, protoboard, resistors and sensors. The pilot project took place at Escola Estadual Senador Antovila Mourao Vieira, in the South Zone, with around 80 9th grade students.
Student Sara Mota, 14 years old, was part of the team that created a game prototype aimed at the inclusion of blind people.
“As we were the pilot school, it was innovative for us. We created the Edutech club, which is a small room where we create prototypes and applications. With a project we received an incentive to do more with technology. I intend to take this further, as technology is something that is growing a lot, so it is something that the job market is asking for a lot”,
commented the teenager.
After participating in the project, student Maria Eduarda Silva, 15 years old, became interested in technology. “As the project came to our school, I learned a lot about technology. And I realized that there are great opportunities to enter this area with this project”, said the young woman
Maria Eduarda also believes that the expansion of the project to the entire state network will be a great incentive for students.
“I think it’s great, because many people don’t have a financial benefit, to be able to take a robotics, IT course, with this project many children, young people, can have this opportunity to learn more about technology within school and, in the future, Anyone who wants to study this area will already have at least the basics coming from school”, added Maria Eduarda.
Expansion of language teaching
The Government of Amazonas is expanding bilingual education in the state network, with initiatives such as the “Bilíngue Young Project” and the establishment of Portuguese-French bilingual education at the Elisa Bessa Freire Full-Time Education Center (Ceti). This will increase the supply capacity by 33.8%, benefiting more than 6,300 students.
The Jovem Bilíngue Project, in partnership with the Instituto Cultural Brasil – Unidos (Icbeu), will serve around 1,000 students in the 1st year of high school, with opening classes scheduled for February 26th.
New Maker Space Units
Another 31 schools in the network now have the Maker Space, which added to the 51 already opened, totals 83 rooms delivered to schools in the network, benefiting approximately 54 thousand students, in the capital and in the interior. There are 40 Maker Spaces in the capital and 43 in the interior.
In the 32 Maker Rooms opened this Wednesday, the Government of Amazonas invested around R$10.9 million. The laboratories offer equipment for learning robotics, programming, 3D printing, electronics, audio and video production, carpentry and artistic production, expanding students’ knowledge in various areas.
*With information from consultancy
Wilson Lima opens school year with expansion of bilingual education and inauguration of 32 robotics and technological education laboratories