2nd year of Tictac Project: Creativity as a driver of Human Development

The TICTAC project and how its activities encourage creativity and critial thinking in children
Jordi Freixenet
Eduard Muntaner Perich
Mariona Niell Colom
Marta Peracaula Bosch

In summer 2012 we presented the TICTAC project in the Scratch conference that took place in Boston. At this moment we developed eight workshops where, through ICTs (specifically Educational Robotics and Scratch), creativity and critical thinking of children were encouraged using Constructionism ideas. Since there, we have been working with the same students for a second year. In this presentation we want to show what we learnt from first year project, and how we try to improve the design of the activities for the second year. We will present a set of eight new workshops, showing also the obtained results. We evaluate the workshops by means of surveys done by students and teachers, as well as creativity tests (children did these tests at the beginning, middle and at the end of the project).

TICTAC is a Development Cooperation project of the University of Girona focused on helping two elementary schools in Catalonia. These two schools, in the cities of Girona and Salt have very high immigration rates (greater than 85%), and are in danger of becoming “ghetto schools”. The two schools have regularly visited UdiGital.edu for two years, where they actively participated in several workshops and activities designed by our team. In a very significant part of these activities children use Scratch to learn to express themselves creatively through technology, and then as they progress, they participate in workshops of different nature: LEGO robots, art, science, astronomy and technological gymkhanas in the city.

The long term goal is that these children will become agents of change, creative and innovative in their own communities, and, committed to their social reality they will be able to propose new alternatives to improve their quality of life, and to implement projects to create wealth in different social fields.

More information in this video (with English subtitles):
And in our blog (in Catalan):