We are a team from the NTC research centre of the University of West Bohemia in Pilsen specializing in infrared technologies. Apart from research, we deal with educational activities within the LabIR Edu project.
We have used our more than twenty years of experience with thermographic measurement to develop an infrared camera that will help students understand how heat and thermal processes work in various school subjects.
We support curiosity-driven learning of STEM subjects through modern technologies and professional growth of teachers by organising workshops.
We believe that working with a modern optical device encourages students’ creativity, digital and scientific skills.
Thanks to cooperation with companies, we have involved more vocational schools in our activities. Our common goal is to encourage more young people to find their vocation in science and technology.
We aim to motivate students to work on long-term team projects, explore subjects in-depth, perform and record infrared measurements and present their discoveries.
Our goal is to make Edukits accessible to schools through partner distribution centres in the Czech Republic and abroad.
We have added a live-streaming function to our IR cameras during the pandemic closure of schools and use social media platforms to promote science.
Through the involvement of Edukits with infrared cameras in classes, we want to share our enthusiasm for science and new technologies with the young generation and motivate students to study STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics). We are showing children that they can discover, research, and create new things in their future careers and that they can find such kind of work fun and fulfilling. We pass on to them what is closest to our hearts - our unique know-how in infrared technologies.
Our team has utilized the experience with professional IR cameras, their hardware and software to develop special IR cameras for educational purposes. Infrared cameras for 21st-century children who will handle them just as easily as a tablet.
We have learned that infrared cameras could have a great potential in teaching thermal science at science promotion events for schools where we exhibited professional IR cameras. The challenge for our team was to design a prototype that would be affordable and easy to use for school-age children.