Find out what techno-academies are and how young people in schools can take advantage of them.
Carolina Perdomo Communicator General Directorate
New generations face great science and technology challenges, which is why SENA has arranged learning scenarios for middle school and high school students, so they can strengthen their skills in the use, application, and development of technologies. This will contribute to their personal and professional life, and help them generate innovative solutions for companies and the country’s productive sectors.
One of the people who benefited from these spaces called techno academies is Dolly Lucía Arciniegas Ruano, an apprentice at the itinerant techno academy of Nariño, and motivated by her passion for science, knowledge, and research, enrolled in the robotics course and built a robot.
"The Entity plans to impact more than 40 thousand middle school and high school students through the 27 techno-academies in the country."
“In the first sessions, I got to know the basics of electronics and I managed to build my first electrical circuits. Later I started to get familiar with the elements that make up a robotic system: sensors, intelligent systems, and actuators. I built my first robot with elements supplied by the techno-academy and others that I had in my home, and it worked since I put into practice everything I learned in the robotics course,” the apprentice highlighted.
The curiosity to acquire skills for the 21st century also allowed Arciniegas Ruano to represent Colombia in the virtual contest: StepiRob Virtual 2020 Demo-1, organized by the Cardenal Stepinac Institute and Urban Education of the city of Hurlingham in Buenos Aires- Argentina. The apprentice applied to the Radio Control Soccer category and participated with the robot that she designed in the course.
“The competition was very rewarding; I shared the stage with boys, girls, and young people from countries like Mexico, Argentina, Peru, and Bolivia, who acquire knowledge and develop processes around the world of robotics. It is very valuable and meaningful to participate in these kinds of events representing Colombia”, she emphasized.
Dolly Lucía Arciniegas Ruano, an apprentice at the itinerant techno-academy of Nariño, created a robot and represented Colombia in the virtual contest: StepiRob Virtual 2020 Demo-1, in Argentina.
More than 23 thousand students, such as Dolly Lucía, were benefited in 2020, through the 27 techno academies, located in 20 regions of the country that operate under two modalities: fixed with extension and itinerant. By the end of 2021, the Entity plans to impact more than 40 thousand students from schools in alliance with SENA.
SENA’s techno academies, which began in 2010, are one of SENNOVA’s programmatic lines and act as a technological development strategy to contribute to the needs of the productive sectors of the national territory. In these spaces, the entrepreneurial mentality and collective conscience are also promoted to achieve sustainable development objectives.
Currently, the techno academies include programs in biotechnology, electronics and telecommunications, engineering and design, nanotechnology, virtual technologies, in addition to the introductory ones under the STEAM approach (science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics) and introduction to research, through which, thousands of young people obtain skills in innovation, productivity, and competitiveness that they can transfer to the labor and professional world.
Carlos Mario Estrada Molina: SENA General Director.
Pilar Navarrete Rivera: SENA Head Office Communications.
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