Computing - Robotics
At Bougas Private School, the Informatics Course is a part of the Analytical Program Timetable of all grades of the Primary, Gymnasium and General Lyceum (up to the 3rd Grade of Lyceum – 5th Field: Economics and Informatics). The purpose of the Bougas Private School course is to:
- to help students acquire general knowledge and skills in core themes that are the foundation for the science of Information Technology
- have knowledge of understanding, creating, organizing, managing and processing data and information
- to be able to use computing applications for problem solving and decision making
- to familiarize children with computer hardware and software
- to recognize and present the applications of digital technology in various fields.
- Training in new technologies (Robotics, Automation, Telecommunications) enables our students to understand a wider vision of technology and prepares them for the digital world they will be called upon to live.
At Bougas Private School we also pay special attention to the approach of all Internet-related issues and their use by our students.
Bougas Private Schools are constantly looking for innovative ways of conducting lessons and providing pupils with knowledge and experience. That is why Bougas Private Schools provide, in cooperation with the Technokids Education Organization, a series of technological projects based on the “Project Based Learning” method. This is an alternative approach to the educational process of the IT course, which is specifically designed to meet the need for quality material to be used by teachers. At the same time, however, it aims to familiarize students with technology and open them horizons so that they can meet the needs of our new digital age. The key to this approach is the dynamics of the learning approach. In particular, the teacher sets the technological target according to the age of the pupils, and then the pupils choose the subject, based on their personal interests, and complete work that reflects on applications of real life. However, while everyone ultimately acquires the same technological skills, each student motivates his / her individual interests, his / her own experiences and experiences. The Technokids teaching modules are unique. Children are creatively engaged in learning technology through Educational Scripts. Through these scenarios, children know the professions that use technology in their everyday lives. They become Architects, Business Consultants, Correspondents, Authors, Travel Agents, Journalists and Learn WHY AND HOW IT IS USED TO USE THE COMPUTER IN EVERY PROFESSION. Through this creative work, children fit smoothly into modern society, professionally orientate and understand professional and business concepts from an early age. Children teach technology concepts and mainly Ms Office applications. They learn to use all these tools to motivate the subject of the unity scenario. In a creative way they explore, discover new possibilities in the way they learn. They are both enthusiastic about the result, who devote more and more time to the work. This approach promotes student’s critical and creative ability and the computer is a valuable tool from the earliest school years.
Ambassadors of the Safe Internet Day since 2008
It is important to realize that our children are “digital natives”. For them, the Internet is not a new technology that appeared to change their everyday life, it is their everyday life. We therefore need to adapt to the new circumstances so that we are able to understand and protect our children from the new dangers that have emerged, while enjoying the multiple benefits of the Internet. Our school is an ambassador of “Safer Internet Day” already in 2008. At Bougas Schools, with various actions, we help our students to learn their privacy and personal data in all their communication with the internet world and especially now that mass media (eg: facebook, twitter, …) are widely used by an increasing number of children. At the same time, in the course of the lessons, we help students acquire the ability to evaluate and “filter” any information they receive from the Internet, since in the last few years the user from a simple reader of information has become an active member of its production and distribution. Consequently, the need for more careful assessment of web material has become inevitable. Also, we pay special attention to protecting students from inappropriate, harmful or illegal content that is likely to circulate freely on the internet. Finally, with the help of the students, we try to take the recreational side of the internet in the right way and maintain a healthy balance between entertainment and other activities of their lives. For children and adolescents, interactive media, and in particular online applications, are a great lure and often overshadow the traditional ways of playing and having fun. This change in the way of entertainment has an impact on children’s lives and there is a need for all of us. For this reason, we are talking extensively about the electronic games and the possible problems that may arise during their use. We also deal with the phenomenon of gambling on the Internet, as well as some websites of entertainment and learning that parents can explore with children.
This year, on the 9th of February, the students of the 1st Lyceum (Manolis Giza, Penelope Zervakis, George Kokkorogiannis, Irene Koutalidis, Konstantinos Konstantakopoulos and Elias Liarakos), as part of the World Day for Safely Navigating the Internet, high school and E and F grade classes, ways to guard against the dangers of the internet.
They explained what cyber bullying is and how we can protect ourselves. They also informed their classmates about what a virus is and the ways we can avoid them. They referred to the types of internet addiction and the ways to prevent them. They also presented audiovisual material about the various dangers that lurk on the internet, informed the students about social media security and answered questions from their peers.
Our school has been participating for 9 years in the Panhellenic Student Competition via Internet, Lysia. For 18 years the Lysia contest has been conducted under the auspices of the Ministry of Education, Research and Religious Affairs, as well as various institutions, universities and universities. The competition, besides its other goals, emphasizes the development of critique of problems and the development of children’s skills, not the memorization and presentation of information. Our students, through their participation, enjoy the noble rivalry with other students – participants in topics that are related to their interests and their schooling. They also achieve the pedagogical and didactic approach of knowledge in a exploratory and playful way through the triptych “I am looking – I find – I am solving / answering”. The participants, therefore, in Lycia gain experience in the Internet, become familiar with the tools of modern technology and can use their applications in their subsequent school, professional and personal life. Additionally, students’ satisfaction with the process of their participation in an educational search and strategy game is indisputable. Lastly, let us also emphasize the fact that the Panhellenic Student Lyssis Competition is distinguished by its social character, since for each participation a sum of money is paid to an institution that helps the children. So the children perceive, but they become the same ambassadors of the idea “I play and help”.
At school, in the afternoon, high school children are given the opportunity to attend courses aiming at obtaining a computer-based knowledge certification. This is a recognized certification of basic knowledge and computer use. To obtain it, each candidate is required to successfully complete six (6) modules.
School students at Bougas Schools, with the help and support of their IT teacher, they take part in the digital creativity festival. The aim is the presentation of digital creation projects that have been implemented in the framework of the Computer Science course, in the “Hour of Code” activities, in the experiments of the Gymnasium, in the “Research” project of the GEL. It is also possible to include projects that have been implemented in the framework of a School Activity (Environmental Education, Cultural Issues, Health Education, etc.) or an interdisciplinary / interdisciplinary project of cooperation between the Computer Science course and other courses. Consequently, at the Bougas Schools, the Student Festival of Digital Creativity enables pupils to showcase their creativity, present their work to classmates, teachers, parents and the wider society as well as to be informed about the learning activities that cultivate creativity and all-round learning through work plans and solving practical problems, as well as dissemination of these activities.
The 3rd Pan-Hellenic Educational Robotics Competition on “Vehicles and Transports of Tomorrow” was held in the G. Kassimatis Hall, which is located at the Central Olympic Stage of the OAKA facilities in Athens on 18-03-2017, under the auspices of the Ministry of Education and Religious Affairs . The final phase of the competition was conducted by the WRO Hellas International School of Educational Robotics Science, Technology and Mathematics. The competition involved 80 Primary teams from across the country, of which two were from Bougas Schools. These groups were selected in the final phase by the Peloponnese Regional Contest held at the 2nd High School of Kalamata on 04-03-2017 where they occupied 2nd and 4th place.
At the Final Competition of the Primary School the teams were invited to present their constructions and explain to the judges the way of construction, as well as the way of their operation. The constructions were made of Lego bricks, combined with Lego WeDo educational robotics package, as well as motors and sensors from the same company. The Scratch environment was used to program building automation and animation automation. The children presented their creations to attending teachers, parents and students and admired the creations of the other groups.
Bougas Schools. was represented by the Future Transporters and Future Kids teams. “Future Transporters” consisted of Dimitra Manolopoulou, Marianna Papakonstantinou, Elias Pontikis, Dimitris Parthenios, Ioannis Kartsonas and Ektor-Parri Papanikolaou, Christakis Giorgos was responsible for the training while Future Kids consisted of Valia Spyropoulou, Panagiotis Tsonis, Marios Skias and Giorgos Sarlis, while the team was Orphanou Ergina. The main partner of all teams was Kostas Kottaridis, who supported and guided both teams throughout their course.
The Primary Competition had three phases. In the first phase all the constructions were scrutinized to highlight the best 20 teams that would pass in the second phase. The judges passed from each team and the children presented their constructions in detail. The idea of their construction, the automations they used, the Scratch program they had created, and everything else made their work special. The “FutureKids” team managed to go through the second phase of the competition with their construction. In the second phase another team of judges went through trying to discover the particular features of each construction and aiming at the final ten. The “Future Kids” team successfully passed this test and qualified for the final phase of the competition. Here the judges went on a final look trying to find this time the details that will show the winners as well as the teams that will be awarded with the special prizes. Eventually “Future Kids” took the seventh place and received the special “Best Idea” award.
The 2nd Pan-Hellenic Educational Robotics Competition titled “Our Galaxy” was held at the Greek-German Education Schools in Athens on March 17, 2016, under the aegis of the Ministry of Education, Research and Religious Affairs. The WRO Hellas Educational Robotics Science, Technology and Mathematics organization conducted the final phase of the competition to award the best designs. The competition involved 49 teams from all over the country, two of whom were from the Peloponnese and specifically from the Bougas Schools. All teams in the final stage were selected by Regional Competitions held in the past few days across the country.
The teams presented their creations and explained to the judges how they were constructed and how they worked. The children left their imagination free and managed to impress with their constructions. There were teams that “launched” spacecraft and spacecraft, others that made trips to other planets for recreational or exploratory purposes, and some other quite ambitious, colonizing and organizing lives on other planets. All constructions were made of Lego bricks, combined with motors and sensors from the Lego WeDo educational robotics package, and the Scratch environment was used to program and operate the structures. The level of construction was very high and many of them impressed the attendees, making them admire childlike imagination and creativity once again, while many of the children’s suggestions may be future constructions.
The Region of Peloponnese was represented by the “Galaxy Wizards” and “Robofantasy” teams of the Buga Schools. The “Galaxy Wizards” consisted of Vamvakas Konstantinos, Papanikolaou Dylan-Iason Stratigopoulou Maria, Tassopoulou Nefeli, Troxatou Marilia and Kountouri Stavroula, while Christakis Giorgos was responsible for the training. “Robofantasy” consisted of Anifantaki Nefeli, Diamantopoulou Chryssa, Zerva Danae, Bessie Angeliki and Tzouloufi Nikolao, while Vassiladiotis Charalambos was the responsible teacher. The main partner of both teams was Kostas Kouttaridis who supported and guided both teams throughout their course. The “Galaxy Wizards”, inspired by a proposal by the Messinian scientist, Pericles Papadopoulos, working in N.A.S.A. they built a space portal in Kalamata. They have built a new department at Kalamata airport where prospective travelers, having gone through some of the latest health checks, embark on a space vehicle and the journey begins, leaving the traveler the choice of the planet he wants to visit . On the other hand, “Robofantasy” sent Mars an exploratory vehicle that checks for minerals. After discovering the appropriate points, he drills the surface of the red planet, collects and sends back to Earth through a spacecraft everything he has discovered.
The contest had three phases. In the first phase all the constructions were presented for the best 18 teams that would pass in the second phase. The judges passed from the bench of each team and the children presented their constructions in detail. The idea of their construction, the automations they used, the Scratch program they had created, and everything else they did did their work. The two teams from Messinia impressed with their constructions and went into the second phase. In the second phase, another team of judges passed again from the teams’ benches, trying to discover the particular features of each construction and aiming at the final sixth. Team “Robofantasy” successfully passed this test and qualified in the final phase of the competition. Here the judges went for a last look trying to find the details that will show the winners this time. Eventually the “Robofantasy” managed to climb the stage and gain third place in this Pan-Hellenic Robotics Competition. It is also worth noting that in 2015 there was a double representation for Messinia in the final phase of the Pan-Hellenic Competition, with two teams again from the Bougas Schools, one of which had managed to be found in the nine best ones.
Robotakia (pupils from Glyfada) and “TriRoboNauts” (students from Trikala) came in the first place.
ECDL 2016 Exams
In the ECDL exams held on 20 April 2016, 8 students from our school participated and were examined in two sections: Internet and Excel. All 8 of our students have passed the Certification, so we congratulate them and wish them the next school year to set and achieve similar goals.