CSF Dream Academy: Using Fiction, Cardboard and Simple Electrical Circuits as Educational Tools to Lift Disadvantaged Children Out of the Poverty Trap

  • Víctor ZamudioEmail author
  • Victor Callaghan
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Electrical Engineering book series (LNEE, volume 532)


In this paper we propose a strategy for educational inclusion aimed at supporting marginalized children, using a model proposed by the Creative Science Foundation, based on the development of a science fiction micro stories and low cost physical paper/cardboard prototypes. This strategy has been successfully tested with Mexican children aged between 8 and 15, motivating them to develop their STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics) skills. Additionally, it allows the development of social skills, such as teamwork, tolerance and respect. This paper describes the model used and reports on its first deployment in a community centre in the outskirts of Leon Guanajuato México, demonstrating that it has the power to attract and motivate such children to engage with STEAM studies which is an essential step on their road to a brighter future for them and their families. In support of the work the paper includes numerous examples of the children’s work.


Education Inclusion Motivation Aspiration Poverty Disadvantaged children Innovation Creativity Science fiction Prototyping 



The authors would like to thank the IMAGINA Foundation for providing their facilities to carry out these workshops, as well as the Creative Science Foundation for the support received.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Instituto Tecnológico de LeónGuanajuatoMexico
  2. 2.University of EssexColchesterUK

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