Library’s Young Students Developing Cutting-Edge Technology

By Karla Ortiz

The Public Library’s children’s science club, which has been in existence for approximately three years, is entering a statewide contest in the hopes of earning money to expand what it can do.

The club members, children 10–18 years old, come from different communities and travel about 45 minutes to get to the Library each week. Every Saturday, they meet at the Library’s computer center to learn advanced techniques in electronic engineering and software development, things that many college students are not yet learning.

However, the club doesn’t have enough resources to buy most scientific materials. But with what little it has, it does great things. Members learn basics, such as sending current to a light bulb to turn it on, and then take those basics further, learning how to use technology to do things like controlling the lights in their homes via a mobile application. They learn how to read technological blueprints. In the future, they will be able to make their own blueprints, the building blocks to creating their own technological inventions.

Getting ready to compete

At the moment, the club is preparing for a state contest in October, in which all the science clubs in Guanajuato State will meet. About 46 municipalities will be represented.

However, the children don’t see it as a competition. They use the event to learn more about the students in other science clubs in Mexico.

The project the Public Library’s club will present is based on Domotics, a technique aimed at automating homes technologically via systems related to security, energy management, wellness tracking, and communications.

Members are working on a Wi-Fi device that can control devices in their homes via mobile phones, but without using the Internet, only a Wi-Fi connection. Such technology is only available in countries such as Japan, Germany and the United States. There are currently no Mexicans properly developing and promoting this type of technology.

Teachers like Juan Saavedra, who themselves have been invited to other countries such as Germany and the Czech Republic to compete in international science events, run the classes every Saturday, inspiring children to expand their horizons and to obtain a degree in engineering, as well as aspire to work in other countries.

The club’s objective in entering the upcoming contest is to hopefully win some financial support, which would allow it to buy more materials. The club has found some resources to purchase small amounts of equipment, and the teachers themselves have paid out-of-pocket for wires, light bulbs, and soldering irons.

The group currently has only one soldering iron for use by everyone. It would use any prize money to procure a dedicated iron for each table (occupied by two students).

 

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