Caleiduino is the first electronic kaleidoscope on the open-source electronics platform Arduino. The creator of this invention is the artist José Manuel González. It brings together art and technology, becoming a tool for teaching electronics and programming in an entertaining way. Caleiduino is already having success outside of Spain, and Italian children are learning how to make them in workshops.
The University of Jaén is developing educational workshops to promote scientific vocations amongst children. Their project includes children with disabilities. One of the workshops’ proposals is to introduce microbiology to youngsters with hearing impairments. Whilst staining bacteria and observing them under a microscope, they also learn that they have to wash their hands before eating and that not all microorganisms are harmful.
Ángel Arana and Aurora Asensio are two primary school teachers from Bollullos de la Mitación, in Seville. In the summer of 2017 they are beginning a three year trip with their three children that will take them to every corner of Latin America in a bus that has been converted into a ‘library school’. Their project is called Meraki and they aim to promote reading amongst children and learn about the innovative educational projects being carried out in the subcontinent. The initiative is being supported by several Andalusian businesses, amongst them a number of publishing houses specialising in children’s literature.