The program develops creativity and enables students to make their own projects in a safe educational environment.
Along way, students develop skills that are necessary for successful future career. These include core competencies like entrepreneurship, presentation skills, project management and marketing, as well as technology and digital skills like information technologies, networking and electronics.
In the period of one school year, they get educated in the area of internet of things and develop their own innovative solution. They have to construct a functional prototype, write necessary documentation and program a simple web page presenting their solution. Each team presents the prototype to general public at Maker Faire festival.
The project is lead by IBM in cooperation with Czech Technical University. Currently the program is running at seven secondary schools. Target audience are secondary school students with interest in technologies and their teachers. For the teachers IBM prepares several educational workshops so that they can help the students run their projects smoothly.
The project was developed on the best practices from "Pathway to Technology" (a.k.a. P-TECH) program successfully implemented by IBM in several countries.
IoT Labs is currently running for the third year and each year several IBM experts devote their time to train the teachers, deliver lectures, mentor students and improve the program curriculum for the next round.
- Increased the number of students continuing their technical studies at university,
- Changed in the curriculum to reflect labour market needs,
- Opened discussion with government, confederation of industry and university leaders about crucial need for educational reform.