PPCIC aims at the formation of qualified human resources in the area of Computer Science emphasizing Data Science. In particular, it aims at training researchers capable of solving real-world problems that establish a virtuous cycle between applied and basic research. This approach has strong interaction with society. In this scenario, the PPCIC presents itself as the first stricto sensu postgraduate program in Brazil with a focus on Data Science. This opens up a prominent space for CEFET / RJ in the Brazilian scenario in this field, which brings opportunities to establish various partnerships and actions that increase the social insertion of the Program.
In addition to the actions in the area of basic education, described in the next section, the PPCIC seeks to strengthen ties with several institutions in areas of application in order to develop solutions to support them. We are currently part of the reference team of the Data Science project applied to Fiocruz Health (http://bigdata.icict.fiocruz.br), for example, in order to provide computational frameworks to support the management and analysis process of Health-related data.
Another more general action is the organization of events open to the community, in annual events such as the Week of Teaching, Research and Extension and weekly, such as the seminars of the School of Informatics & Computing, where several lectures are presented in the area of computing, both Academic content and entrepreneurial and marketing content. A similar initiative is taking place in Petrópolis, where there is the Computer Engineering Week, where mini courses, lectures, round table discussions on various computing topics are offered, offered by faculty members, external members and professionals from companies in the field.
Interfaces with Basic Education
By training, the PPCIC was built in such a way as to interact with basic education, since part of its teaching base also works in secondary technical education. It is also worth noting the interaction promoted by researches directed to teaching carried out in the Line of Data Management and Applications. The computational artifacts produced aim to strengthen learning in both computer education and basic education. Also, actions to evaluate the result of artifacts produced are underway through interactions with public institutions of primary and secondary education in the city of Rio de Janeiro. These actions already occur in several works of conclusion of courses and scientific articles with this bias. We highlight the last four scientific articles published in the Brazilian Symposium on Informatics in Education.
- Honorato, E.; Schocair, C.; Quadros, J. R. T.; Castaneda, R.; Soares, J.; Ogasawara, E.. Explorando uma Aplicação m-learning para Ensino de Vetores na Física do Ensino Médio. In: Simpósio Brasileiro de Informática na Educação, 2015.
- Gomes, W., Castro, P., Cardoso, E., Malheiro, M., Castaneda, R., Guedes, G. P., Mauro, R., Ogasawara, E., Provendo um Serviço Web para Interação e Coleta de Dados de Aplicativos Educacionais. In: Anais do Simpósio Brasileiro de Informática na Educação, 2015
- Alves, G.; Warley, P.; Quadros, J.R.T.; Lignani, L.; Ogasawara, E.. ControlHarvest: Ensino de Ecologia por Meio de Gamificação do Controle Biológico. In: Simpósio Brasileiro de Informática na Educação, 2014.
- Paschoal, L., Bento, T., Velasco, T., Schocair, C. O., Castaneda, R., Oliveira, T., Ogasawara, E., JOE: Jogo Ortográfico Educacional. In: Simpósio Brasileiro de Informática na Educação, 2014.
All of these articles have a connection with basic education, since they are applications that strengthen the learning of the content addressed and, at the same time, have a connection with Data Science, especially through the statistical analysis of the evaluations of the artifacts produced.
The interaction expands with elementary education through partnerships with schools in the city of Rio de Janeiro. An example of this is the pilot project in the GEO (Olympic Experimental Gymnasium) of Santa Teresa, where PPCIC teachers are working, together with elementary school teachers, in teaching-learning robotics. These actions promote greater social inclusion and at the same time serve as a motivating element for these students to consider Computing as a potential career to pursue their studies in secondary technical education or graduation.