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Our next Minecraft suburban education camp is over. The children once again performed miracles. The topics were the same: Smart farming and Smart living, or how to solve everything in the future in an environmentally friendly, fast, cheap and unnecessary way, wasting and polluting our planet.
The teams came up with great ideas and a solution. Some were similar and some were quite original and unexpected.
The future belongs to entertainment
For example, the theme park of the future. The guys invented this concept perhaps because they were the youngest and as we know, kids like to have fun. They certainly did not forget the future when robots would do everything for us. So what is left for people? Yes! Entertainment. That means there must be a place to have fun. Even though they were just having fun, they’ve learned something. After all, to program sky wars or laser games in Minecraft is quite a job.
A farm next to the house and a smart city solves transport problems
Other concepts were a house farm or a smart integrated city. This is definitely a great solution for transport in the future. The boys invented the automation for fields sowing and harvesting. The harvested crops then travel through their programmed sorter to the store and to the house where they are stored in the warehouse. A clever solution to prevent pollution in the form of exhausts and greenhouse gases from trucks, ships or aircraft. This will save you time and money on shipping and make food much more fresh without the need for chemistry. In addition, the smart city was supplied with energy from hydrogen, the houses were printed by 3D printers and there were also spaces for rest and entertainment.
The projects had a clear plan
In just five days, the teams managed to drive their way from the project kick-off to the final presentation on Friday. After watching inspirational videos, everyone thought about what they wanted to do, on Monday. Five teams were created after the presentations. Towards the end of the day, the teams prepared a concept and started building as fact as they can on Tuesday. They drew up a plan with a concept of what they had already done and what they would need to work on. Automatation, which was very difficult, came up on Thursday. After a while, the details were tuned. During Friday morning teams worked 100%. They made and edited videos in English and then prepared a final presentation, which was finally presented to invited parents. After hilarious presentations, which were awarded with huge applause, all that remained was to hand over the certificates and the camp was over.
The teams have lots of fun and have done a huge amount of work. We hope to meet in the future for some big project. That is Program for creators.
Come to visit us at the Days of Science and Technology in Pilsen on September 20 – 21. 2019 at the Republic Square. This year Nvias will again participate as an exhibitor, even with three themes. A hydrogen car, artificial intelligence and of course Minecraft will not be missing.
With a hydrogen car, students will introduce you to the true future of the automotive industry – hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicle (FCEV). Also on this occasion will be looking for new members (students) for the team for the next season of Horizon Grand Prix.
Michael – our TJBot from IBM or Alexa and Google Voice Kit will welcome you on the next table. You will learn how artificial intelligence (AI) really works and that it is not as complicated as it looks, you will even try it.
The third topic – Minecraft – redstone circuits, commands and command blocks will of course not be missing.
We are looking forward to seeing you and hope for a lot of visitors.
Project-based learning in Minecraft
40 hours of working successfully behind us! The plan of the week came out as we wanted … 20:40 hrs in Minecraft (building + programming), 4:40 hrs presentation, 3:20 hrs project work (plans + revisions, off-computer), 3:45 hrs sport, games and outdoor activities, 1:20 hrs listening to the assignment and the remaining 6:15 hrs took us lunches and snacks. This is how project-based learning takes place using the Minecraft virtual environment.
Plan of the week
On Monday we divided the topics. There were three choices: smart farming, smart living and smart city. We have 4 teams. Each morning the teams planned their tasks and started working in the minecraft. Then after a small snack and a few games outside we went to work again. Because there are no cakes without work, we did not have to worry and we were happy to have a great lunch. The afternoon was mostly filled with project work and outdoor activities.
As a result of our weekly work we got 4 projects – prototypes in Minecraft, which we automated by ourselves using redstone and command block. In the end, the teams made a 3-minute video and prepared a final presentation, which they presented on Friday to the audience.
So the children learned not only how to work in a team, but also to realize their own real project and to assert themselves in the future to attract sponsors or companies. Such experiences will certainly come in handy in their lives.
Internet of Things
The Internet of Things (IoT) is developing dramatically, providing important information, remotely managing different technologies and gradually making our daily lives easier. This development is mainly due to modern electronics and wireless data low power transmission technology. This ensures that a conventional IoT device is in operation with one battery for several years. Examples of applications include accurate shipment tracking, remotely controlled device switching, water status and water meter control or complete irrigation control. For the Internet of Things, nvias also wants to educate new creators, so we have prepared an IoT workshop in cooperation with TData in the designated areas – SIT Port Garage. The workshop was free of charge for students and was fully funded by the Information Technology Administration of Pilsen.
Production of an IoT sensor
The students produced their own battery-powered LoRa sensors based on Microchip, Murata, Bosch Sensortec and others. Indeed there were no toys. IoT Workshop really surprised us. Although it was targeted mainly for participants with no previous electronics manufacturing experience, they all did their job.
The workshop lasted for 3 days and during this time students were asked to install professional hardware and then apply the firmware they customized. The first day was a fundamental theory that the students appreciated later in the implementation and programming of their sensors. For example, they learned what equipment and tools they will have and how to use them. They also learned about the design process and the scheme of their new IoT sensor.
On the second day, they were already preparing components and putting on PCB (printed circuit board). In the evening, they even started testing, removing bugs, and fine-tuning details.
Finally, on day 3, they started firmware programming their created sensors and sending data through the LoRa network to the cloud, where they created their own data visualization. At the end, everyone took home their manufactured IoT sensor, which measures temperature and humidity. Everyone then chose how sensor will be used. One of the teams might have placed it in SIT Port Garage to monitor their work environment.
According to the feedback from the participants, there is a huge interest in PCB design, firmware programming and the development of the application itself. So we are still preparing for you. We’re sure you have something to look forward to! And we thank to TData s.r.o., nvias.org a Sprava informacnich technologii mesta Plzne p.o.
Our companies connect Pilsen region, elementary schools and companies in the region
Children enjoy playing, real experiences and the opportunity to try things practically. Project day Our Company “Naše firmy” connects all these experiences and, together with representatives of real companies, aims at studying in areas with high added value such as science, research, marketing…. It ensures the development of business competencies together with creativity and initiative, communication and teamwork.
Project extension in the Pilsen Region
As a part of its vocational training program, the Pilsen Region supported the realization of our companies at selected primary schools in the region. Pupils from Klatovy ZŠ Plánická ul., ZŠ Čapkova street and Masarykova ZŠ were involved. From Domažlice Elementary School Komenského ul., Primary school and kindergarten Msgre. B. Stašek and then the elementary school Staňkov, ZŠ Bor, and ZŠ Hornická in Tachov.
Involvement of local companies
The company’s support for project days is crucial, both in terms of funding and know-how transfer. It is important that companies in their social responsibility realize the benefits of supporting project days in their region.
“Today, no one can imagine exactly what to expect in the future. Grammer CZ customers rely on the creative and innovative solutions that the company creates. That is why we support project days Our companies, which develop skills for the 21st century, such as creativity, critical and informative thinking, communication and teamwork, ”says Martin Kuržeja, HR manager of Grammer CZ on the question of why our companies support project days.
An example of transferring know-how from the corporate environment to schools is the exemplary Value Proposition Canvas from ZF Staňkov. Using this pattern, pupils can more easily understand the work with this template and can better design their own unique value for their customers.
Opportunity for pupils
Our companies bring project learning to schools, which means practical application and learning of new skills and knowledge from different disciplines. The main goal is to motivate pupils to develop their talents. Everyone will find activities in the company that they enjoy and in which they stand out.
“In our region, it is very important to show children the way and opportunities for further education in fields with high added value. That is why the project day is a great opportunity for pupils to gain a lot of new experience. The cooperation with local companies allows children to practice real jobs . We very much appreciate the support from Technické pružiny SCHERDEL company, which has supported the project,” says Mgr. Daniel Koblen, Director of Elementary School Bor.
“It was fun. We used to build a robot, we used to go for cards with assignment and we programmed the robots. We just made our own business. We made up our logo, the name, how it would go, etc., ” commented one of the pupil from the elementary school Bor. Other pupils add: “It’s a lot of fun, getting to know new things and working with others in the group.”, “… and it can help you to decide what you would like to study next. “,” You realize if you would like to work for the company, or what you would like to do.” the pupils agree.
Answers to other questions are also available from Bor’s Elementary School pupils. For example, what part of the project day is most interesting. Interesting is the comparison with the answers from Pilsen pupils, which was most interested in the investment game itself (the game is focused on understanding and creation of value added companies). For pupils from Bor, the programming of the robot and the creation of their own marketing was just as interesting as the game. We perceive it as a very positive taste, learning new things and also the joy of results, because it is the certification of programs and the creation of marketing that is much visible in building a company.
Plans for development
“We designed the project day in cooperation with nvias in order to motivate children to do business and to study technical fields. We are pleased that nvias is expanding this amazing project beyond the city borders,” says Ing. Anna Čudáková, project manager responsible for support of entrepreneurship in SITMP. nvias.org is planning to expand project days Our companies in the region. If you are interested to join, do not hesitate to contact them.
Startups change the world. Teams made up of people with an idea to change something. There are plenty of events to support them. One of them is Startup Weekend. One weekend focused on finding problems and creating a startup that will solve it.
Some of the guys, however, have so many ideas that our Startup Weekend Pilsen, which took place in February, was not enough for them. That is why we had the honor to support the March visit of Startup Weekend in Bratislava.
The boys have solved the problem of collecting too many unnecessary things. They created an application that will only have these things virtually and will not occupy you a real place. The jury liked the idea and They won the nice 3rd place!
Select the winner of the second year Future factory in Minecraft was not easy at all. All the submitted projects made us absolutely astonished.
The decision of the winners on our loins was taken by representatives of our sponsors
- Michaela Zemanová, HR Development, BOS Automotive
- Ivo Mendrec, Head of Project Management STN, ZF Staňkov
- Karel Luňáček, director of the company, MECAS ESI Plzeň
The technical design was rated by our mentor David Žahour.
And the Winners
Category up to 9 year
1st place – tým Super Minecrafťáci – ZŠ Škola Můj Projekt — Praha Jižní město
2nd place – tým Honza Majda Štěpa – 1. ZŠ Plzeň
3rd place – tým Red Stone vandráci – 28. ZŠ Plzeň
Category 10 years
1st place – tým Orange factory – 1. ZŠ Plzeň
2nd place – tým Robert – 7. ZŠ Plzeň
3rd place – tým Cheese factory – ZŠ Dobříč
Category 11 year and more
1st place – tým Meowcraft – Cíkrevní gymnázium Plzeň, 14. ZŠ Plzeň
2nd place – tým INFINITE – 15. ZŠ Plzeň
3rd place – tým Raptors – 3. ZŠ Rakovník
Category Free style
1st place – tým DD Team – Gymnázium České Budějovice, 1 ZŠ Plzeň
2nd place – tým WorldTech – 7. a 1. ZŠ Most
3rd place – tým Gaming 27cz – 1. ZŠ Plzeň
The best video
In this category, you have decided on YouTube. Even here the fight was really dramatic :-).
Winner is team INFINITE – you have to check their web just for this project web. Awsome!
Thanks to everyone who has participated, you were able to master the technology and make perfect presentation of your project – rewarding for everyone is an original T-shirt!
The winners of each category received complete Google AI Voice Kit including Rapsberry Pi 3.
We are looking forward to the next year 🙂
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