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Funding programme and call:

Convocatoria de ayudas para el fomento de la cultura científica, tecnológica y de la innovación 2017

Start Date:


End Date:



12 months

Total budget:

71,572.00 €

Budget for PLOCAN:

60,502.00 €

Total funding:

16,000.00 €

Funding for PLOCAN:

13,300.00 €


Plataforma Oceánica de Canarias (ES)


Universidad de Girona (ES)


STEAM competences development through Low Cost Educational Marine Robotics

This project proposes the construction of programmable marine robots in several areas for educational purposes, from low cost tools, with free hardware and software. The proposal constitutes the continuation and extension of the FECYT 2017 project "ROVINO - Low Cost Educational Robotics with Arduino Technology", growing the experience grow in all senses.

On the one hand, to carry out a science and technology dissemination that can reach more people (students of different standard and nonstandard educational levels, families, and the general public). The experience held at the Elder Museum of Science and Technology in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria in August 2017 will be considered as a reference, but taking it to a National Museum of the FECyT. On the other hand, the project incorporates more elements and technological tools appropriate to the different levels of education through a project-based learning methodology, both using appropriate hardware and software programming platforms and presenting 3D printing of certain pieces related to different aspects of the marine robotics activity. The project also considers a greater integration to the education and scientific-technical vocation of girls and young women. Recent studies show that girls get more involved in these activities when technology is not the goal by itself (usually social projects). Therefore, girls might be more interested in these projects when technology is not the goal by itself. Thus, a pilot experience of access to classrooms in hospitals is proposed.

The ROVSTEAM project is part of the Educational, Marine Robotics Initiative EDUROVs, with the collaboration of the Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology (FECyT), the Cabildo (Island Government) of Gran Canaria and the Obra Social Charity of La Caixa bank.