TIC TAC is a Development Cooperation project of the University of Girona (Spain) 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”. Currently, these two schools regularly visit our spaces in the Science and Technology Park of University of Girona, where they actively participate 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 on LEGO robots, underwater robots, rescue robots, astronomy and technological gymkhanas in the city.
For us, this initiative has evolved from an outreach project to a research project, where we study and measure how these technologies help develop creative thinking and critical thinking. Right now we're starting to get our first results. In the session at the Scratch Conference next July, we would like to present these first results, with particular emphasis on the Scratch workshops we are carrying out in three groups of fifth graders of the two selected schools.