In an effort support current projects and build new relationship, LSRI’s Dr. Pryce Davis visited colleagues from several organizations in Uruguay earlier this month.
Dr. Davis first visited the Plan Ceibal and the Universidad Tecnológica del Uruguay’s (UTEC) logistic centers at LATU Technology Park in Montevideo. Here Dr. Davis, along with colleague Dr. Nathan Holbert (Teacher’s College – Columbia University), met with representatives from Plan Ceibal, UTEC, and Universidad del Trabajo del Uruguay (UTU) to discuss support for several ongoing and future collaborations. Attendees at this meeting included two graduates from the University of Nottingham’s MA course in Learning, Technology and Education—Ezequiel Aleman (UTEC) and Camila Gottlieb (Fundación Ceibal).
Following this fruitful and engaging meeting, the attendees visited PTI Cerro—a community space in an industrial center in the west of Montevideo—which houses local businesses, a community school for secondary and continuing education and a new communal fablab makerspace.
Over the next three days, Dr. Davis observed and helped facilitate a workshop as part of the Bricks and Bits project in the town of Punta del Este. Bricks and Bits is a makers event, in which students from UTEC redesign and build new toys in collaboration with local children. The project was originally part of Mr. Aleman’s MA dissertation at the University of Nottingham and continues with the support of UTEC and other funding agencies. Bricks and Bits is an exciting project that Dr. Davis was proud lend his expertise in out-of-school learning to advise on the future of the work.
Overall, the trip was fulfilling and opened up many opportunities for ongoing collaboration between LSRI, UTEC and Plan Ceibal. Dr. Davis is excited to continue to build and strengthen these relationships.