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Meet David Cuartielles, Arduino co-founder with a passion for education

dcuartiellesOctober 25th, 2019

Since very early on I developed an interest in education. During my studies I worked as afterschool teacher in math, physics, chemistry, and languages. Shortly after graduating from my MSc in Engineering I became a teacher at the School of Arts and Communication at Malmo University, Sweden. For over a decade I worked in the creation of education programmes for the university, looking at how to introduce technology transversely as part of several subjects within undergraduate, graduate, and postgraduate education.

Back in 2012, I realised at the time that almost no one was addressing the needs of educators when introducing curriculum. Therefore, I decided that we had to put educators at the center of our concept and help them find creative ways to use technology in the classroom. 

As we now are approaching 2020 I am very proud of where this has taken us. 

We have managed to bring Arduino Education programs into the classrooms in a large number of countries with great success, and not least with the help from all of you — our trade partners around the world. 

We rely on you to be our faces in the market and also understand how we need to step up in our offering to make sure you are equipped to bring Arduino Education to market and give the best support to the teachers.

The Arduino Education team has been expanding the past year and we now have a strong, creative and dedicated team to make sure we deliver relevant education programs, content, training and support.

Every single day we build on our vision in wanting  to make technology accessible to everyone and put it into the hands of every student and educator.

There is still a long way to go — we are on an amazing journey and this is just the beginning. The world of technology is constantly changing and new technologies keep showing their faces. Hence why it is so very important that we work hard to make students of today aware of technology and give them confidence in working with it.

Formal education is going through a strong transformation due to the digitalization of many aspects of contemporary society. If we look at the future classroom, we see technology not just as a tool to learn about, but as a system to enhance lots of processes that currently stop us from building a better interaction between teachers, students, and their families. Technology will help us accessing knowledge in better ways right at the time we need it. Assessing the student’s learning process will be easier and more personalized. We will be able of scaling pedagogical models that schools are currently only dreaming of. It will be possible to make cross-age study groups, where students will join based on their interests. Teachers will have access to tools that will help them see at once the student’s progress and needs. Student mobility will be a matter of transferring a file between schools. 

While the future is there, a few steps ahead, we still have to walk the path. At Arduino we look forward to being your partner in reaching that future, one step at a time. 

Let us change the world by making technology accessible to everyone and put it into the hands of every student and educator.

7 Responses to “Meet David Cuartielles, Arduino co-founder with a passion for education”

  1. marathonMAN1 Says:

    I myself think while technologies can be good thing it is hampering our children in the learning sense focusing on only one fork of the broad spectrum kids need to properly mature as young adults.
    to many kids are leaving high school and even collages unable to barely tie their shoes let alone posses any such life skills. they can surely say yes sir and no sir to the corporate world as that was the plan to indoctrinate them in the first place.
    i do not consider tinkering with an Arduino moving gadget or being able to Facebook, Twitter with your friends an asset. each year kids are given a much narrower field of information to choose from becoming much more ignorant to the real world issues at hand.
    if kids were taught from masters in their fields like for instance, a Master Electrician, Master Sculpture/Artist, Master Physicist, Master Horticulturist, ect..ect that were elected by the community so when they hit 16 or 18 they would be smarter than present day scientist or Physicists combined which then could advance our present day human dilemma of pure suffering and flat out greed.
    so while learning to code and build with the Arduino may have some advantages in making money or profit for some it is destroying other and our environment in the process.
    please do not get me wrong as it is a good learning tool for the young generations yet far from the whole picture as you perceive it to be for our younger maturing adults.
    i personally would be more proud and fulfilled to be in a community teaching what i know, where everyone contributed to the betterment of the whole instead of making a million dollars. this is why we as a human species are heading down a dead end street to extinction.

  2. heikoardino1 Says:

    As always new technology always is time consuming. But we sat 1984 hours to write a code and put lines into a black box or plain black screen.
    We have to admit the dev is amazing. I got a bug on my laptop to make all videos I open up show me a green screen. All the adds videos working fine ..
    It is too much to go into my computer to find out what setting it is.
    But I think that I won’t throw my computer away. I think there will be a development a program coming out on a simple picture evaluation of my problem with the computer.
    Children have an enormous ability to choose and select for what they want and need in the long run . The more we can offer the better. We still baked buns for Saturday we learned basic cooking we had still a real for the things like water ,fire ,air and soil as earth; to grow little seeds into cabbages e.g.
    There will be 7 Billion people experience our modern life and will evaluate it. I am pretty confident that we will learn how to cope with the future.

  3. Huaisong-industry Says:

    The way of education changes with the times. Perhaps this is an opportunity for more people to get in touch with education and enjoy the benefits of education.

  4. marathonMAN1 Says:

    “Children have an enormous ability to choose and select for what they want and need in the long run”

    You have got to be kidding, since when are children self sustaining needing no guidance what so ever. the last time i checked children need nurturing and guidance up to and beyond young adulthood. it is people with that type of mindset as to why younger kids are out of control taking guns to school and blowing other kids away. the total LACK of parenting with the addition of over medication is what is destroying our younger generations leading into the grave.
    the biggest problem is technology has come between the parents and their children. is see all the time now where lazy parents use a cell phone or a television as a baby sitter instead of interacting with them teaching them life skills or even how to read, write, interact….ect. ect..
    i ask you plain and simple, what is wrong with that picture.??
    ask yourself how can an Arduino help humanity in any way shape or form that is actually beneficial and the answers will be very slim.
    I for one designed an Arduino system that controls the water pump, air pump and solenoids of an Aquaponic system that grows a lot of food. can it help humanity, answer is yes. did it influence the younger generation, answer is yes it did as a few high school kids used it for their science project in which he and his sister got an A on the project and is implementing it in the school horticulture program teaching other students.
    as for your 7 Billion people experience our modern life, i have no clue as to what planet you are on because on present day earth we are being poisoned by Government and Corporations from there pure lust for profit at the expense of every person on this planet. turning a blind eye will not make it go away so tell me how does that fit into your learning to cope with the future when there will be no future to cope with.

  5. marathonMAN1 Says:

    By the way education does not change with the times as education is just that, “education” irregardless of the content provided. children do NOT learn any differently from the time of creation until now. the process is still the same and it should be handed back to the parents from the Government controlled system as it is the parents responsibility to educate their children NOT the Governments. this is the reason for our complete failure to educate the children with those types of present thoughts.

  6. rsin Says:

    From an idea can indeed change everything, and the idea was born from people who are indeed “considered strange” by most, people who have such talents are often destroyed only because of the passions or bad morals of a person, a group with an interest in his worldly only. So most of them “Feel reluctant” to come forward. But now the Arduino Team is trying and proving it to find new ways to renew the “system”,
    Thank you Arduino! ..
    Never mind having a little knowledge but shared, rather than having knowledge as broad as the world but not shared, then everything is destroyed.
    (sorry with my bad english, i use this by google translate)

  7. cwinschu Says:

    Estas palabras, tu recorrido, cada paso que das y da el equipo Arduino es trascendente e inspirador. Gracias!!

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