Carina Silva , GCL 2020, Expanding the Maker Movement across Uruguay
From her role as coordinator of the CeiLab Plan for Digital Laboratories, Carina Silva, GCL2020 is promoting the maker movement throughout Uruguay. With 100 educational centers that are an active part of the CeiLab Digital Laboratories program, Carina helps promote the maker culture, bringing exploration, research, and experimentation in technology to promote experiential learning.
The CeiLab Digital Laboratories Program started in 2017, as part of the makerspace concept, and is defined as a collaborative workspace where learning happens through exploration, research, experience, creation, and sharing through practice.
Between 2020 and 2021, the program reached over one hundred educational centers, which developed projects in maker spaces. These spaces seek to promote project-based learning (PBL) through the development and integration of skills that include the management of technologies in a critical sense, linked to 3D modeling and printing, robotics, electronics, programming, physical-chemical sensors, among others.
In addition, within the framework of the "International Day of Girls in ITC" on April 22, 2021, Carina was invited to share her experience with others, where she was able to reflect on her personal and professional trajectory to continue working towards the equitable inclusion of gender.
Finally, thanks to her participation in the GCL program, she collaborated with Georgetown University to invite three undergraduate students from Georgetown University to do virtual internships at Plan Ceibal. Two of them, Haley and Olivia, dedicated efforts to the translation of the content from English to Spanish, and the other one worked on the development of a prospective investigation that links artificial intelligence with microbit programmable boards.