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In 2016, the regional government of Madrid and Catalonia were among the first in Europe to introduce compulsory courses on technology, programming and robotics at a primary and secondary level.


Alberto Valero, responsible for the BQ education project, supplied technological materials and training to schools. BQ education developed units to teach programming and robotics, using Scratch and Arduino. Scratch is a programming language and community for 8 to 16 years-old that allows them to programme and share games. Arduino is an electronics platform for programming and activating hardware.


Yolanda González Sánchez, head of studies at the Federico García Lorca de las Rozas Secondary School in Madrid, said, “Ninety per cent of the faculty have done a course in robotics and it is applied to all disciplines.” First-year students are taught how to program and make a motherboard for a robot.


Juan Manuel Delgado, head of studies at Madrid’s Camilo José Cela Secondary School, said the technology teaching has been absorbed into an approach where students solve their own problems. “We want to teach students to be not just consumers of technology but technology creators,” he said.
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