Intensively using collaborative learning, team work and close cooperation between secondary school and the university we at TUS and TUES reach visible results with great achievements and recognition at the EU level. We are the champions (it was such song) at the largest global line trace type robot competition “Renesas MCU Car Rally 2016”
Preparing for the competition was an excellent learning opportunity for teams from TUS and TUES to work in collaboration on common tasks developing a functioning model rally car that included sensors and a microcontroller. The challenge for the teams was to build a self-guided car from a supplied kit of components and to optimize the hardware/software performance so to win the race against other peers.
We are happy to announce that we are the winners of the MCU Car Rally 2016, which took place on 25th February at embedded world exhibition in Nuremberg. All together 24 teams from 16 universities all over Europe comprising 120 students, supported by 20 professors, participated. The competition targets European University students, but our Secondary School TUES team, supervised by university assistant, was qualified for the finals and took 6-th place beating around 100 university students.
1st Place: Team NEUTRINO, Technical University of Sofia, Bulgaria
6th Place: Team TUES, Technology School “Electronic Systems”, Bulgaria
This video from organizers shows the 2nd European Renesas MCU Car Rally held on 25th February at embedded world 2016 in Nuremberg. Watch the finals and the awards ceremony.
The interviews with the winners were shown in National TV channels and published in many newspapers in Bulgaria. All these emphasize that this great achievement happened because of strong team work in close university-school collaboration.
The KNORK seminar and teachers’ workshop took place from 1-4 February 2016 in the educational sports center of the Technical University of Sofia, situated at the Semkovo resort in Rila mountain, Bulgaria.
The seminar was attended by 25 participants, including university lecturers from several Departments of TU-Sofia, teachers from Technology School Electronic Systems (TUES), researchers from Bulgarian Academy of Science, as well as 40 secondary students from TUES.
The seminar focused on KNORK outcomes and especially on results of application of Trialogical Learning Approach (TLA). These were illustrated by presenting several pedagogical cases carried out in Bulgaria in secondary and higher education on different topics and subjects. Benefits of using collaborative knowledge creation with rich use of digital cloud technologies, applying project based collaborative learning and using university learning approaches in secondary schools were considered. The exchange of teacher experience was supported by discussion with TUES students, already passing courses with trialogical design principles in their education. Their opinion and feedback were very positive and useful for teachers and lead to many questions from other secondary students which will use such approach.
After seminar the teachers’ workshop was conducted with teachers and researchers interested in applying and improving collaborative knowledge creation practices and digital competences in secondary and higher education as well as in research institutions. Participants were not only from Electronics Department, but from Departments of Programming, Computer Science, Mechanical Engineering, Physical Education and Sport, secondary teachers of foreign languages, communication systems, computer networking, school principle and researcher from the Space Research and Technology Institute of Bulgarian Academy of Sciences. The KNORK objectives, the TLA, the application of Trialogical Design Principles were considered. Cloud technologies and their use in collaborative knowledge creation were discussed. The group work was conducted for designing pedagogical scenarios with adoption on new TLA for school and university coursed.
The event is organized in the partnership of the Bulgarian Ministry of Education and Science, Rector’s Council and BAIT (Bulgarian Association of Information Technologies), which is the biggest, most representative and influential branch organization in the sphere of information and communication technologies in Bulgaria.
The event is very wide forum of exchanging views and ideas about VISION FOR VAST IMPLEMENTATION OF ICT IN EDUCATION IN BULGARIA. The target audience was more than 500 persons of the whole country: teachers from secondary schools, university lecturers, experts from ministry of education, heads of business companies, representatives of education commission in the Parliament, rectors of Universities, and heads of foreign companies in the ICT sector and education. Among official guest were Minister of Education, Head of the European Commission Representation in Bulgaria, Member of the European Parliament and eSkills for Jobs Аmbassador, Chair of the Managing Board of BAIT, Founder and Managing Partner of Solytron SD, Senior Manager of Oracle Academy etc.
Discussed topics were:
Reform in education according to the national and European Commission priorities
Financing of secondary and higher education at national and European level
Educational content according to the business requirements
Preparing the young professionals for the labor market
The growing demand for ICT professionals
Collaboration between the business and universities
Tania Vasileva (TUS) and Stela Stefanova (TUES) were invited speakers concerning topics “Integration between universities and secondary education” and “Implementing University approaches in secondary professional education” http://events.idg.bg/bg/2015/education/speakers
The feedbacks of participants after discussion are given graphically below:
Tania Vasileva e-conference average score Stela Stefanova e-conference average score
Tania: average score 5.41, very useful 50%, relatively useful 45%, useful 5%
Stela: average score 5.37, very useful 47%, relatively useful 42%, useful 11%
The first school hackathon “HackTUES” was organized by students of the Technology School “Electronic Systems” associated with the Technical University – Sofia (TUES) and took place from 26 to 28 June 2015. The hackathon is a new kind programming competition, which brings together a large number of participants divided into teams up to 5 people. For several days they work on solving practical problem or theme set by the jury of the competition.
The theme of the first full school hackathon in Bulgaria was “Automation and improvement of the learning process.” The purpose of HackTUES is to contribute to the automatization of learning process in school, and to enable students from different classes to gain practical experience in creating software, teamwork and the support of community causes such as automatization of education. Team mentors and jury members as teachers of the school and representatives of different companies working in the field of information technology HackBulgaria, ChaosGroup, MusalaSoft.
In hackathon attended by 88 students from the eighth to the eleventh grade in TUES, divided into 18 teams. The hackathon was won by students from the eighth grade.
The competition is supported by MusalaSoft, HackBulgaria, Chaos group, Software University, StandByte and Subway Bulgaria.
Technology school ”Electronic Systems” (TUES) associated with the Technical university of Sofia is one of the famous and elite schools in Bulgaria, specialized in the training of ICT specialists with secondary vocational education.
Implementation of innovative approaches to teaching, introducing new pedagogical practices of collaborative learning using cloud technologies are the basis for achieving outstanding results at the professional training of young ICT professionals. In this process the utmost importance is the high professional and academic qualification of TUES teachers.
After winning all the prizes in the national competition of computer networks by the TUES students, the school principal Stela Stefanova was interviewed by one of the national television of Bulgaria in the TV show “Best Teacher” in the field of information, communication and networking technologies.
At the end of April was completed her habilitation procedure as an associate professor.
Teacher’s training in TUES is realized by qualification workshops, scientific conferences and educational forums. In the end of June in the town Dobrinishte was held a workshop on the topic of “Using cloud technologies in the learning process.” The discussion was fruitful and the possibilities were considered to use cloud technologies for organizing collaborative education of groups of students on common tasks and projects in various disciplines of general education and vocational training.
The first course at the Technology School “Electronic Systems” associated with Technical University of Sofia (TUES) is a specialized course in the field of Computer Aided Circuit Design (CAD). The CAD course was held in the second semester (18 weeks) of grade 11 for 52 students aged 17-18 year.