Who has taken a course on how to properly use email or social media? It is mistakenly believed that the Internet generation has all the skills to master and use these means of communication, on the pretext that it has evolved since its birth in a world where technology reigns.
The proven need to introduce young people to the security of online exchanges and the digital skills that are the basis of future jobs in the field of science and engineering has inspired the scientific animation team of Polytechnique Montreal, Folie Technique, a new educational activity for students of 3e and 4e secondary: MISSION GENIOS.
Led by the Folie Technique team, the MISSION GÉNIOS educational workshop offers students a challenge of spatial colonization. In addition to making them aware of the basic principles of digital literacy, the activity will allow young people to experience and discover several essential engineering skills, such as mathematics, creativity and collaboration.
The launch of the GENIOS MISSION took place on Wednesday, November 21 between 9.45 a.m. and 12 p.m. at Louis-Riel high school, while students in a Secondary IV class experienced the mission for the first time. Following the explanation of the mission, the students worked as a team to build a space station and unmask a digital saboteur. Finally, the Folie Technique team led a discussion with the students on the lived experience and digital literacy.