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An innovative educational project 
for Amazon sustainability 



Co-funded by the > LAPASSION 


ME of the European Union Editora Poisson MANAUS | BRAZIL | 2020 

Organized by 
José Pinheiro de Queiroz Neto 
Carita Prokky 


An innovative educational project for 
Amazon sustainability 

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Belo Horizonte 

Chief Editor 
Dr. Darly Fernando Andrade 

Editorial Board 
Dr. Antdnio Artur de Souza — Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais 
Msc. Davilson Eduardo Andrade 
Dra. Elizangela de Jesus Oliveira — Universidade Federal do Amazonas 
Msc. Fabiane dos Santos 
Dr. José Eduardo Ferreira Lopes — Universidade Federal de Uberlandia 
Dr. Otaviano Francisco Neves — Pontificia Universidade Catdlica de Minas Gerais 

Dr. Luiz Claudio de Lima — Universidade FUMEC 

Dr. Nelson Ferreira Filho — Faculdades Kennedy 
Msc. Valdiney Alves de Oliveira — Universidade Federal de Uberlandia 

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Daniel da Silva Nogueira, in memoriam 

March 2020 was coming and I was concerned about how foreign students 
would integrate with the Campus. The English language is still difficult to be 
overcome in federal institutes that work with international projects. It was then 
that Daniel appeared, smiling as always, solicitous as usual, saying that it would be 
a pleasure to work on the project as institutional support for students. Daniel 
loved music and, because of that, improved his English with almost native 

On the first day, he introduced the Campus to students and all sectors that 
they would need to use. This was Daniel, always willing to do his best, no matter 
what task they had given him. And he did it with joy. I often saw him with the 
guitar at Campus events. Daniel was loved by everyone, colleagues and students. 
Unfortunately, Daniel was another victim of the COVID-19 pandemic and died in 
January 2021. We dedicate this book to his memory, and in his name, to all 
colleagues at IFAM who also left for the same reason. Daniel is part of this history 

and will always be in our memory. 

Dr. José Pinheiro de Queiroz Neto 
Coordinator of LAPASSION Manaus Project 
Instituto Federal de Amazonas (IFAM) / Brazil 


To the students and _ teachers who participated in the _ project 
LAPASSION@Manaus, despite all the difficulties we encountered on the journey. 

To the Instituto Federal do Amazonas (IFAM), in the person of the Ex-Rector 
Antonio Venancio Castelo Branco (in memorian) and to the Campus Manaus Distrito 
Industrial (CMDI), in the person of the Director Nivaldo Rodrigues, for receiving the 
project and giving all the conditions for its success. 

To Dr. Carlos Ramos, general coordinator of LAPASSION, who gave the Instituto 
Federal do Amazonas the opportunity to participate in this important international 

To the partners of LAPASSION@Manaus edition, who were indispensable in its 
execution: Instituto Politécnico do Porto (IPP), Tampere University of Applied Science 
(TAMK), Pontificia Universidad Catélica de Chile (PUCC), Instituto Profesional de la 
Fundacién DUOC, Instituto Federal do Maranhdo (IFMA), Instituto Federal do Para 
(IFPA), Instituto Federal do Amapa (IFAP), Fundagado Amazonia Sustentavel (FAS), 
Transire Eletrénicos, Caloi Norte S/A, e Secretaria de Estado do Meio Ambiente (SEMA). 

To the Conselho Nacional das Instituic¢des da Rede Federal de Educacdo 
Profissional, Cientifica e Tecnolo6gica (CONIF), in the person of Ms. Alexandre Bahia and 
team, who went to great lengths to provide logistical support for the project. 

To Funda¢ao de Apoio ao Ensino, Pesquisa, Extensdo e Interiorizagao do IFAM 
(FAEP]), in the person of its ex-director, Maria Etelvina da Silva Ledo (in memoriam), for 
the project's local sponsorship. 

We would like to thank the European Union's Erasmus+ Programme and the 
Capacity Building Initiative for Higher Education Institutions managed through the 
Educational, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA) for the financial 
support of the LAPASSION project - Latin America Practices and Soft Skills for an 
Innovation Oriented Network (project with reference 585687-EPP-1-2017-1-PT- 
EPPKA2-CBHE-JP and agreement number 2017-3074/001-001). 

And, finally, to all those who directly or indirectly contributed to the elaboration 

of this book. Our sincere thanks. 


I am a person who was born in Brazil, in Sado Paulo, but went to Portugal 
very young, in 1978 at the age of 14, where | did my final studies in non-higher 
education, then the University and after that, a whole professional career in Higher 
Education since 1986, until I became Vice-President of the Polytechnic Institute of 
Porto (IPP) between 2010 and 2018. However, our best training is the one we 
obtained in our first years of life, and in that sense, I owe a lot to the Public 
Elementary School of Brazil. Being responsible for the Research and Innovation 
areas and, above all, for the Internationalization area of the IPP, made me feel that 
this would be an excellent opportunity to return part of everything that Brazil had 
given me. Thus, during the last decade, I have articulated a very strong 
relationship with the Federal Institutes of Brazil, this public capillary network that 

enters deep in Brazil, a network that has transformed Brazil. 

The Amazon is a miracle of nature, something unique and huge, and the 
Federal Institute of Amazonas (IFAM) has been able to turn this huge Amazon into 
something fairer and closer to the heart. I visited Amazonas in 2015, invited by 
Rector Anténio Venancio Castelo Branco, an excellent person who left us in the 
beginning of 2021 victim of a pandemic that was particularly unfair and severe for 
Amazonas. I wanted to recognize the importance of Brazil to me with something 
challenging, modifying, and after Rector Venancio showed how the lives of people 
were being transformed, I understood that IFAM should have to be part of this big 
project. The opportunity came in 2017, when a call came up from projects in the 
program Capacity Building for Higher Education from the European Erasmus+ 
Programme. Together, with partners from Portugal, Spain, Finland, Chile and 
Uruguay we involved 5 Federal Institutes from Brazil, one from each region, with 
IFAM representing the North region of Brazil. CONIF, the council of all Federal 
Institutes network was involved as well. José Pinheiro Queiroz Neto was, at that 
time, Pro-Rector of IFAM, with the areas very close to mine, and he was the person 
who coordinated all the involvement of IFAM in the application for the Project. 

This is how the Project LAPASSION (Latin-America Practices and Soft Skills for an 

Innovation Oriented Network) came out, a dream of 15 institutions, including 


LAPASSION consortium has as motivation to create a unique solution to 
address different problems affecting youth in Higher Education Institutions (HEI), 
helping students to obtain a better training in terms of innovation, soft skills, and 
internationalization. This solution was achieved by LAPASSION MP/I 
(Multidisciplinary Projects/Internships) for students’ teams to help them to co- 
create, and co-develop projects proposed by enterprises and other organizations, 
or to accelerate innovative ideas in an international context, involving students 
from several countries. MP/I are implemented by means of teams involving 
students with different backgrounds, different graduation levels, and from 
different countries, in order to solve challenges posed by enterprises and 
organizations. Around 1 million euros was allocated to LAPASSION consortium, 
namely, to support the mobility of students and professors. I am very proud to 
coordinate LAPASSION and to contribute to reduce a little bit the debt I have with 


In 2018 and 2019 we organized 4 editions of LAPASSION projects, one in 
Chile, one in Uruguay and two in Brazil (Uberaba - Minas Gerais, and Sao Luis - 
Maranhao). These projects designed to involve from 24 to 40 students in 4 to 6 
teams during 10 presential weeks were so important to tune the methods and 

practices. But LAPASSION was conceived to be an onsite experience at all. 

In 2020 4 editions of LAPASSION were expected, two of them started at the 
beginning of March, in Manaus and Goiania. LAPASSION@Manaus had started with 
the general challenge of Social-Environmental technologies for the Amazon 
Sustainability, with 31 students, including 2 from Polytechnic of Porto IPP - 
Portugal, 2 from Tampere University of Applied Sciences - TAMK - Finland, 2 from 
Duoc-UC Chile, 2 from Pontificia Catholic University of Chile, and several from 
Federal Institutes of Brazil (19 from Amazonas IFAM, 2 from Maranhdo IFMA, 1 
from Para IFPA, and 2 from Amapa IFAP). Six students’ multidisciplinary teams 

started to work in the challenges for 10 weeks. 

However, in addition to the challenge of finding solutions for the 

Sustainability of the Amazon, all project participants, Teachers and Students, had 

to deal with an additional unexpected challenge. The worldwide covid-19 
pandemic took place in Brazil as well, and in the third week of the project 
LAPASSION@Manaus was converted into an online project. I said that LAPASSION 
had been designed to be a face-to-face experience, I also referred the miracle the 
Amazon was, and we can say that to develop LAPASSION@Manaus to the end, in 
the tenth week, in this emergency situation, having arrived there with projects 
with the same level of quality as the previous editions of LAPASSION was a real 
miracle, but a miracle only possible due to the excellent work of the students and 
the IFAM Teachers and Staff who supported them during all the time. Everyone 

involved deserves to be congratulated for this success. 

We usually say that LAPASSION follows a PBL model, but not a Problem- 
based Learning or Project-based Learning, but a Passion-based Learning. The 
students’ passion for their projects is the secret to the success of LAPASSION. I do 
not remember watching any LAPASSION Demo Day, the day of the final 
presentations of the solutions to the challenges, without the tears of students and 
teachers. Tears that are a mixture of sadness for the end of a unique and impactful 
experience for each one, but also of joy for the new friendships that were made, for 
the world that was discovered and became closer, for the success and pride in the 

solutions found. 

This book is a testimony of what LAPASSION@Manaus was, that breath- 
taking experience that transformed the lives of many students and teachers and 
that will certainly have a huge impact on the future of education at the Federal 
Institute of Amazonas and the other Federal Institutes of Brazil. Thank you all for 

making this possible and for sharing the experience in this excellent book. 

Dr. Carlos Ramos 
General Coordinator of LAPASSION Project 

Instituto Politécnico do Porto / Portugal 


Research from academia, in general, should benefit society and for this to occur, 
technology transfer must take place. Within the scope of the Brazilian Institutes of 
Science and Technology (ICT), this transfer function is the responsibility of the 
Technological Innovation Nucleus - NIT. This sector has as one of its competencies 
the management of the transfer of technology, however, it is necessary to establish 
management tools that allow the transfer of technology to happen. In this sense, 
the present study proposed Technology Transfer (TT) processes within the scope 
of IFAM, to have a systematic view of the process, thus improving the interaction 
of NIT with researchers and the productive sector. To elaborate the process, a 
bibliographical review related to the research topic was carried out, interviews 
with IFAM employees, a survey of TT processes with NIT coordinators, and the 
National Institutes Innovation Pole at a national level. From the information 
collected, technology transfer processes were proposed through Licensing, 
Assignment of industrial property rights, Non-patented and non-patentable TT or 
know-how, to contribute to the development of technology transfer strategies. 

within the scope of IFAM. 

Having worked over twenty years at Tampere University of Applied Sciences 
(TAMK) in Finland, I have come to few conclusions of how educational institutions, 
at all levels, could play an important and significant role in this change in the 

world of work. 

First of all, we must understand that learning as such is an important skill to be 
trained. It is important now and even more important in the future. We will be 
married to a technology revolution, where algorithms are our closest colleagues 
and supporters. At the same time, creativity and a creative mind will be valued 
highly. As the world of work around us is constantly reshaped, we must have a 
mindset of a continuous learner. As educators, we are responsible in every 
possible way fostering our students learning capacity. In this book, we will 
enlighten through the example of Lapassion Manaus, how learning can become an 

innovative and emotional moment for both students and coaches. 

As learning itself being the skill for the future, I also speak for active learning 
instead of passive learning. With passive learning, I refer to the traditional 
“following the lectures and taking the exams” -way. Instead, I have throughout my 
career developed and supported methods, where students being active 
participants play the main role and where the teacher gets more guiding and 
coaching role. Memorizing is not playing the main role. There are many ways to 
organize possibilities for active learning. In Lapassion projects, we aimed at 
creativity and team learning in an international context. In these projects, we were 
looking for different kinds of solutions. There were no right answers, only 

different suggestions as solutions. 

Perhaps the most significant joy of my career has to do with the development of 
the teacher’s role during these years. It has adopted more and more the role of the 
coach. One of the most important roles of the coach is to create challenging 
learning moments for the students. That includes systematic reflection and 
feedback both ways. A good coach also knows how to excavate the best out of the 
students. It is also important to bush the students towards the unknown and new. 
This holistic role is, to my mind, the answer for creating and organizing better 
learning for the new world of work. In the Lapassion project coaches were trained 
before every challenge. Becoming a good coach is a long process but every small 
step is important. In general training teachers and coaches in their pedagogical 

skills is relevant and crucial for all educational institutions. 

Traveling around with the Lapassion project has proved to me again one thing: the 
students all over the world are amazing. They are creative if we just let them. They 

take responsibility if we just let them. They are our Future. 

Dr. Carita Prokki 

Director, Continuous Education 

Tampere University of Applied Sciences (TAMK) 

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The LAPASSION@Manaus Project 

José Pinheiro de Queiroz-Neto' 
Joyce Miranda dos Santos? 

Marcella Sarah Filgueiras de Farias * 


According to the World Economic Forum (FORUM, 2018), the ten main skills for 
work-life in 2022 are: 

e Analytical thinking and innovation; 

e Active learning and learning strategies; 

e Creativity, originality, and initiative; 

@ Technology design and programming; 

e Critical thinking and analysis; 

° Complex problem-solving; 

e Leadership and social influence; 

° Emotional intelligence; 

e Reasoning, problem-solving, and ideation; 
e Systems analysis and evaluation. 

So, it is possible to observe that at least seven of these ten skills are typically soft 
skills. It just confirms that we need to improve our vocational education to an integral 
human formation (MEDRADANDA & PALACIOS, 2019). 

In 2018, The Instituto Federal de Educagado do Amazonas (IFAM) started a 
partnership with some European, Latin American and Brazilian institutions in a project 
called “Latin America Practices and Soft Skills for an Innovation Oriented Network 

(LAPASSION)”, under the International Cooperation Agreement 585687-EPP- 
2017-1-PTEPPKA2-CBHE-JP. The sponsor was the European Union's Erasmus Plus 
Program. The LAPASSION Project is coordinated by Instituto Politécnico do Porto - IPP, 
and has as participants a Finnish institution (Tampere University of Applied Science - 
TAMK), two Spanish institutions (Universidad de Vigo, Universidad de Salamanca), two 
Chilean institutions (Pontificia Universidad Catdlica de Chile - PUCC, Instituto 
Profesional de la Fundacién DUOC), two Uruguayan institutions (Universidad de la 
Republica Uruguay UDELAR, Universidad Tecnolégica del Uruguay - UTEC) and five 
Brazilian institutions (Institutos Federais do Amazonas - IFAM, do Maranhdo - IFMA, de 
Goias - IFG, do Triangulo Mineiro - IFTM and Sul-Riograndense - IFsul). 

1 Instituto Federal do Amazonas - IFAM, Manaus/Brasil. E-mail: 

2 Instituto Benjamin Constant - IBC, Rio de Janeiro/Brazil. E-mail: 

3 Faculdade do Amazonas de _ ensino, pesquisa e inovacdo, Manaus/_ Brazil. E-mail: 

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The LAPASSION provides an international exchange of higher education students, 
mentored by teachers and partnerships with companies or institutions, called 
counterparts. The students worked on projects using modern methodologies. Students 
form working groups from different courses and countries to work for ten weeks and 
present a solution to a challenge proposed by the counterpart, considering a previously 
defined theme. 

The project is based on a student-centered learning process, where the students 
act autonomously. The collaborative work in multidisciplinary, multicultural, and 
multilingual teams created the ideal environment to develop soft skills, like leadership, 
communication, conflict resolution, empathy, ethics, flexibility, and management teams. 

In a brief explanation, LAPASSION is an exchange project, where students meet 
on 10-week missions to develop soft skills in innovation projects involving partnerships 
with companies. The missions took place in Latin American partners, and the students 
moved to a city where they carried out the mission, financed by the project to purchase 
tickets, accommodation, and food. European partners supported and formed teams from 
Latin America, which in turn carried out the missions. 

The first mission was in Santiago/CL in 2018, where all the planned stages were 
executed and refined as a model for the other missions. After that, in 2019, we had 
missions in Sao Luiz/BR, Uberaba/BR and Montevideo/UG. In the last year, 2020, the 
missions were in Manaus/BR and Goiania/BR. The mission in Pelotas/BR was planned 
to occur in 2020, but due to the pandemic of COVID19, it was suspended. 

LAPASSION@Manaus ran from March 2 to May 8, 2010. Considering that Manaus 
is in the middle of the Amazon Forest, the IFAM team decided to work as the main theme 

“Social and Environmental Technologies for the Sustainability of the Amazon.” 
Then, we invited local institutions and companies to participate as a counterpart, to 
provide open real-world problems. After some meetings involving our team and the 
counterparts, we defined challenges for the student teams, according to the central 
theme of LAPASSION@Manaus and the counterparts’ areas of activity, as shown in Table 

Table 1.1 - Counterparts and challenges. 

Counterpart Team’ challenge 

Caloi Norte S/A Sustainable Bike 
Transire Eletrénicos Low-cost methods in drinking water generation 
Eletrocompany (*) Reuse of electronic devices 

Campus Distrito Industrial bod : deat gs 
P / Efficient environmental management to public institutions 

Secretaria de Estado do Meio Insertion of sustainable, productive chains of conservation units in 
Ambiente (SEMA) the market 

Fundacado Amazénia 
Sustentavel (FAS) 
(*) Fictitious name. The company didn't authorize the use of name and image. 
Source: The authors. 

Sharing knowledge tool in the schools of the conservation units 

The LAPASSION@Manaus was planned to take place in 10-week classroom 
activities that involved students from different academic programs, countries, languages, 
and cultures. However, due to the SARS COV2 pandemic, the last seven weeks of the 
project were carried out remotely and online. The students were divided into teams, and 
the teachers acted as coaches. 

LAPASSION Manaus: An innovative educational project for Amazon sustainability 

The student group was formed by 32 students approved for the 
LAPASSION@Manaus, including foreign, Brazilian, and local (Manaus) students. The 
diversity of students is both a great challenge and a great opportunity. The main 
characteristics of the student group are 24 students from Brazil, where 19 students from 
Manaus(IFAM), two students from Maranhao (IFMA), two students from Amapa (IFPA), 
one student from Para (IFPA). Eight international students: 2 students from Finland 
(TAMK), two students from Portugal (IPP), four students from Chile (2 from DUOC and 
two from PUC). 

Study area: Advertising, Biological Science, Bio-resource Engineering, Computer 
Engineering, and Medical Instrumentation, Control and Automation Engineering, Design, 
Design and Innovation Engineering, Electric Engineering, Environment, Industrial 
Design, Languages, Logistics, Math, Mechanical Engineering, Media and Arts, Nursing, 
Pedagogy, Software Engineering, Tourism, and Hospitality. Students at the Bachelors 
and Postgraduate level. Several students are from a technological institution. 

The student group was divided into six teams, with each team having at least two 
or three foreign or Brazilian students and three or four local students (from Manaus). 
The teams were composed of students from different areas to ensure the 
multidisciplinary nature of the project. 

Seventeen people formed the LAPASSION@Manaus team: three as a coordination 
board, two as support, and twelve as a coach (two coaches by student team). One of the 
coaches was a student who _ participated in the _ first mission’ in 


The LAPASSION project needed dynamism to develop the student's Soft Skills. 
Simultaneously, it needed focus to obtain in ten weeks the solutions to challenges 
presented by partnerships with companies and institutions. The main project's goal was 
to offer a multidisciplinary activity experience to students, where they worked and 
developed soft skills through a systemic vision for solving real problems. We used 
Project Based Learning (PBL) concepts, a pedagogical way to develop Soft Skills, and 
Design Thinking (DT), a successful method to think and develop innovative solutions in 
an organized and concrete way. 

The PBL emerged in 1900 when John Dewey (1859 - 1952) proved that it is 
possible to “learn by doing” when students are stimulated to think and solve problems 
through projects and develop themselves physically, emotionally, and intellectually 
(MASSON et al., 2012). According to Bender (2012), the PBL allows students to work 
cooperatively to seek solutions to real problems, increasing their involvement in 
applying their knowledge in meaningful learning. Queiroz-Neto et al. (2015, p. 5) present 
a proposal of steps for applying the PBL, which we use as steps in LAPASSION@Manaus. 

The PBL also defined the concept of mentoring (or coach) used in the project in a 
student-centered-learning way, considering their acting with autonomy and 
protagonism in the project. From PBL, we applied the weekly formative evaluations. The 
groups presented the partial project's evolution and the presentation of the final results, 
both of them aligned with DT. 

Integrated to PBL, The DT assists in structuring the project, organizing the 
execution of the phase, using research and data analysis techniques to support new 
ideas with a focus on innovation, and using techniques for testing and validating the 
results. According to Vianna (et al. 2012), the DT is divided into the ideation, immersion, 

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and prototyping steps, generating results that feed the next step and lead to the 
challenge's solution. 

The immersion step aims to delimit and deepen the study of proposed problems 
and the questions that guide it and define the profile of the target public involved. It is 
still a step that is divided into preliminary and profound immersion. The preliminary 
immersion is used to map the target audience's initial needs and determine the scope of 
the problem and, consequently, the scope of the project. In the immersion, there is a 
deepening of people involved in the problem and its effects. Therefore, interviews, 
observations, and conversation circles are techniques used in this step. After that, the 
data are organized, clustered, and combined in a sub-step called analysis and synthesis 
that guide the creative process of the ideation step. 

The ideation step directs the DT creative process. In this step, using the data 
analysis and synthesis results from the immersion step, the student's team looks for 
solutions developed to attend to the central problem. The initial solutions can be 
improved and combined to generate new solutions. In the end, a unique solution is 
chosen based on a selection using defined criteria and, then, goes to the next step. 

The prototyping step is helpful to test quickly, even using simulation or 
alternative materials. This step maps possible errors and analyses the results as the 
target audience expectative, as closely as possible with actual conditions. So, it is 
possible to have feedback for adjustments, research a little bit more, or even adjust the 
project focus. 

The ten weeks of the LAPASSION@Manaus were structured as in the DT steps 
and PBL concepts. Each student's team received a real-world challenge from partner 
companies. Using their knowledge, experiences, and cultural diversity, the students 
could develop innovative and valuable solutions. 

When LAPASSION@Manaus started, it was necessary for initial training in the 
methodologies that happened before the student’s project missions started. The PBL 
was a well-known methodology for some teachers, but not the DT. Then, we did a two- 
day workshop to level the concepts, the same understanding, and provide some practical 

The first part of PBL training was done by Dr. José Pinheiro Neto, researcher, and 
PBL specialist, who presented the main concepts and success cases and use of PBLin the 
LAPASSION@Manaus context. The second part emphasized the mentoring (or coach) 
necessary for the success of DT/PBL and unusual for teachers involved with 
Lapassion@Manaus. This part was given by Dr. Tiina Koskiranta, from the University of 
Applied Science in Tampere (TAMK) of Finland, a partner institution of the LAPASSION 
project. The DT training was worked in two moments: training to mentors (teachers) 
and training to students. The training was essential because teachers and students didn’t 
know or had contact with DT methodology. 

The teachers participated in DT training before starting student mentoring. They 
learned about principles and DT steps. At the end of the training, they experienced 
developing a small actual project using the DT method. When they went through 
developing solutions to problems with the same theme as the project that would act as 
mentors, they realized the most complex points of the process. They were able when 
mentoring, to better understand the students’ doubts. 

In the first week of the mission, when the students arrive, after guidelines 
and presentation of objectives, schedule, and activities project, we start a DT training. 
Professor Sarah Marcela explained the DT methodology to be used in the project. For 

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three days, the students studied about DT steps and the results they were supposed to 
present according to the ten-week schedule for LAPASSION@ Manaus. 

As you will see throughout this book, The PBL/DT methodology has shown to be 
a powerful way of engaging students to develop soft skills and problem-solving thinking 
creatively and innovatively. Also, these methods allow student-centered learning that 
puts them responsible for their learning, leading them to reflect on their actions and 


A local management committee was created to support the accomplishment of 
the actions proposed by the Main Organization Committee of LAPASSION project. The 
local committee was organized into two workgroups with well-defined attributions. The 
members of the first workgroup formed the “local coordination,” composed of four IFAM 
teachers and two invited teachers that were responsible for, among other things, 
providing support to the students, managing the project quality, producing news for 
publicity, and populating the Manaus LaPassion website. One of the invited teachers was 
responsible for providing Design Thinking training and coaching. The other invited 
teacher was responsible for providing services of Portuguese-English translations to 
support internal and external communication. 

The second workgroup was composed of ten teachers, including two teachers of 
the local coordination. These teachers worked in pairs and were responsible for 
providing technical guidance in the most diverse areas, such as Control and Automation 
Engineering, Forestry and Environmental Engineering, Technologies in Advertising 
Production, Biology, Veterinary Medicine, Computing, and Administration. 

The local coordination had the mission of designing and implementing at IFAM 
campus a workspace that was capable of providing a collaborative learning environment 
for the development of the project activities. This workspace was proposed to stimulate 
creativity and ensure the well-being of the students. The inspiration for the workspace 
layout came from the FabLabs and Makerspaces spread around the world. Specifically, 
the concepts applied to the construction of the LAPASSION@Manaus workspace were 
based on YKampus (TAMK), Porto Design Factory (IPP), and Innovation Factory (IFMA). 
Thus, it was possible to deliver the “Lapassion StudioSpace,” an exclusive space at the 
IFAM campus to build and share knowledge. 

The Lapassion StudioSpace was composed of mobile and flexible furniture. The 
space was furnished with tables, whiteboards, and cabinets that could be easily rolled 
aside, nested, and stored. In this way, the students could work individually and as a 
team. Simultaneously, that space could be transformed into an auditorium to hold 
classes and lectures in a few seconds. Besides, a small space was included in the 
Lapassion studio space to be a decompression environment. In that space, some 
ottomans could be used by students to relax and some appliances, such as a fridge, coffee 
machine, and microwave, to make quick meals. Figure 1.1 shows the project and the 
built workspace. 

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Figure 1.1. LAPASSION@Manaus workspace. 

The LAPASSION@Manaus project was planned to be completed within ten weeks. 
Each week had a specific theme that was aligned to the phases of Design Thinking 
methodology. Thus, the weeks were organized in the following way: 1st and 2nd weeks - 
“Immersion”; 3rd week - “Analysis and Synthesis”; 4th, 5th and 6th weeks: “Ideation”; 
7th, 8th, 9th and 10th weeks: “Prototyping and Validation”. Figure 1.2 shows the first 
week's schedule as an example of the organization. 

Figura 1.2. first week's schedule - LAPASSION@Manaus. 

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In the first week, there was an official presentation of the students, counterparts, 
schedule, team composition, challenges, and teachers (tutors/coaches). The students 
attended a workshop about the Design Thinking methodology. Besides, teachers and 
students had the opportunity of doing immersion in the Amazon Forest. More 
specifically, they visited Tumbira's community, where they could experience the Amazon 
reality and some of the challenges faced by its population. 

The second week was dedicated to the students going deeper in understanding 
their challenges, performing research, and data collection. In the third week, the focus 
was on the specification of the solution requirements. From the fourth to sixth week, the 

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teams worked on developing the solutions. In the last four weeks, the students were 
engaged in the prototyping, tests, and validation of the proposed solutions. 

All the project’s stages were planned to be carried out with face-to-face 
interaction. During the first three weeks, the LAPASSION workspace was widely used by 
the students and their coaches. The last seven weeks of the project were developed in a 
remote and online way due to the pandemic SARS COV2. A strategy used to perform a 
continuous follow-up of the work developed by the teams was to demand from them, 
every week, a 3-minute pitch showing the evolution of their projects, followed by 
questions and contributions from the other teams and coaches. 

Another strategy used to follow the evolution of the team's work was to require 
each team to create a blog and publish it on the Internet. These blogs were filled weekly 
with posts that gave a detailed description of the activities performed by them. Each blog 
had to provide information about the team, its challenge, the partner institution, and the 
work's progress. All the produced blogs were made available on _ the 
LAPASSION@Manaus website. 

After ten weeks of hard work, the teams had the mission of presenting the whole 
process of learning and acknowledgment construction developed during the project. 
Specifically, the teams had to perform two formal presentations. These presentations 
took place online using a popular web conference system. The first presentation was 
aimed at the partner institutions. The second and last presentation was called 
“DemoDay.” The results were shared with the community, including the people who 
contributed to the successful execution of the project. 


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Team 1: Sustainable Bike 

Matheus Ben-Hur Ramirez Sapucaia @ 

Vitor Martins Nogueira? 

Team 1 received the challenge “Sustainable Bicycles” from a bicycle company 
called Caloi Norte S/A, intending to turn bicycles into more environmentally sustainable 
products. The group was formed by three students from Brazil, one from Portugal, and 
one from Chile with different areas of knowledge who met daily to find the best solution 
to the challenge. Students used innovative teaching methodologies and problem-solving 
during the project, such as Project-Based Learning (PBL) and Design Thinking (DT), to 
solve the challenge. By going through the immersion, ideation, and prototyping phases, 
the group proposed a solution for the problem, the replacement of conventional plastic 
by renewable bioplastics on parts of children bicycles, thus reducing the use of 
petroleum-based products and greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. 


The challenge was proposed by a multinational bicycle manufacturer with its 
production facilities based in Manaus, Brazil. The theme was “Sustainable Bikes.” At first, 
the theme and what was the counterpart were the only information the group had in 
hands to start working with, so to tackle the problem in the best way possible, direct 
communication was established with the Department of Product Development of the 
company, based in Sao 

Paulo, to exchange information regarding the project and to know what the 
company’s goals and aspirations with it are. 

The communication between the group and the company was very effective. After 
each meeting, it was more apparent how this project integrates its aspirations and how 
their approach to sustainable bikes could be narrowed. The project was starting to be 
developed by the company, so the group was responsible for kicking it off. 

The group was invited to make a tour inside the company installations so all the 
steps of the bicycle manufacturing could be visualized, from frames welding to the 
bicycle assemblage and quality control. All the employees showed to be very welcoming 
and helpful with the project, which came in very well. 

After nearly two weeks of immersion into the world of bicycle manufacturing and 
possibilities of turning bicycles more sustainable, the idea of decreasing the number of 
polluting materials in the bikes came up, namely plastic materials of children bicycles. 

4 Instituto Federal do Amazonas - IFAM, Manaus/Brasil. E-mail: 
5 Instituto Politécnico do Porto - IPP, Porto/Portugal. E-mail: 

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When visiting the waste center in the manufacturing facility, it was possible to see 
how the management of the residues takes place, which sort of residues are being 
recycled, reutilized, or sold as raw material to other industries, and how is the logistic 
involved in the whole process. From that point on, the project focused on developing 
plastic alternatives for such bicycle parts to replace the conventional ones properly and 
would have a less environmental impact. 

2.2. THE TEAM 

The team was composed of seven people, three of them from Brazil, one from 
Chile, one from Portugal, and two tutors: Carolina Barbosa (Brazil), a marketing student, 
Raphaela Goes (Brazil), a software engineer student, Matheus Ben-Hur (Brazil), a 
mechanical engineer student, Constanza Quezada (Chile), an industrial design student, 
Vitor Nogueira (Portugal), a biotechnology student and the two tutors, Flavio Soares and 
Isaac Benchimol, both professors at IFAM. 

At the first moment, it took a while for the communication gets flowing between 
the group. There were some miscommunication issues initially, but the team was 
already engaged by the end of the day because English was being used as the standard 
language. All the members got along very well since day one, it was defined a few rules 
to be followed for a good group dynamic, and that is how it kept going until the last day 
of work. Figure 2.1 shows the team, including the tutors, in a visit to the Caloi factory. 

Right at the first week, it was clear that each other’s field of study would be 
helpful for the project development because looking at the problem from different 
perspectives when matched would positively contribute to it. 

Figure 2.1 Members of group 1 - students and tutors. 

Source: The authors. 

After one month of the project and ongoing interaction, unfortunately, the project 
had to be continued online due to the outbreak of COVID-19. Then every international 
student had to go back to their homes. In the beginning, it wasn't enjoyable once it 
happened right at a moment when things were getting right. The group felt like it had 

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just got on a good path for the project development and the experience everyone was 
having because the project was amazing. 

The group managed to keep up - or at least try - with a good work dynamic 
between the group. There had to be an adaptation to each other’s routine, and the time 
change established routine meetings and tried to use this unexpected and unusual, back 
then, way of working in our favor. 


The immersion was the first step after the groups received the challenge. The 
team used research and data collection techniques to find the best opportunities to make 
bicycles more sustainable, visit the company, and talk to the managers. Mental maps, 
personas, and elaboration of requirements and parameters for the project were used to 
increase de creativity and thinking for all ideas and possibilities. 

That was the phase where the group spent more time researching the company 
and the models of manufactured and its parts and types of materials used. Figure 2.2 
shows the students in this phase before the COVID pandemic. The initial objective was to 
collect as much information as possible to show how to achieve the goal of the challenge 
- making bicycles more sustainable. 

It was used mind maps to divide into areas that can be explored, for example, the 
plastic of the tire wheels, the hydraulic oil of the brakes, the steel or aluminum body, the 
plastic parts of the bike and packaging, delimiting requirements and parameters needed 
to carry out the project. The construction of the personas was also a tool explored by the 
group, with the idea of creating three personas who would be potentially interested in 
the most sustainable bike. 

Source: The authors. 

At the end of the immersion, the group showed greater confidence in the project's 
progress and application possibilities, making the following steps to brainstorm and 
construct the positioning matrix more diversified and the objectives to solve the 
challenge clearer. Due to the large volume of research and data collected, the group's 
familiarity with the subject increases learning and helps in the next ideation phase. 

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The ideation phase took place on the fourth week of the project when everyone 
was going online working due to the pandemic. It was challenging to have this change at 
such a crucial moment of the project, particularly due to the loss of personal contact 
between the group members, with the city of Manaus and residents, to whom the project 
was aimed, and this strange new way of working remotely. 

At this moment, the project's scope was defined as finding plastic alternatives for 
some parts of children's bicycles. From that moment on, using the tools of design 
thinking, namely brainstorming and matrix positioning, the idea started to be shaped. 

Firstly, a lot of research was made on material science to understand how 
conventional plastics are suitable for such applications as bicycle wheels and handlebars 
(see Figure 2.3), based on their physicochemical properties. The next step was to get 
equivalent functionality with materials that present less environmental impact in its 
manufacturing process and its supply chain, subsequently contributing to the mitigation 
of social-environmental adverse effects of the plastic production chain. 

Figure 2.3. Bicycle plastic parts to be explored. 

Source: The authors. 

The phase of ideation enlightened the way for the resolution of the proposed 
problem. Following a consolidated phase of immersion, it was essential to develop an 
accurate and suitable solution. At this point of the Design Thinking methodology, the 
group is stepping up to the prototyping phase. It will be seen whether the idea 
developed until then is viable and how it will be closer to how it will look in reality. 

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After the ideation and definition of possible materials to be used, the group went 
on to the prototyping phase of the parts that eco-friendly plastics could replace. Due to 
the pandemic and limited resources, the group opted to use engineering software to 
design the parts and simulate the material's behavior when subjected to mechanical 

In the last few weeks, the group started to explore all possibilities of using bicycle 
parts to make it more sustainable. In contrast, the group was already confined because 
of the pandemic. Visiting the company’s installations was more complex, and there were 
fewer possibilities to build prototyping. 

After surveying the possible materials that can be used and choosing the bicycle 
parts that bioplastics can replace, prototyping focused on designing the parts and 
applying physical efforts on the material with properties of the desired bioplastics. All 
parts were tested using computer simulation to obtain the results closest to reality. 
Figure 2.4 shows an example. 

Figure 2.4. Prototyping of mechanical forces applied on the wheel composed of 

Unit: ksi 
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6,866e-09 Min, 

Source: The authors. 

When applying physical molds on some pieces of different shapes and testing the 
types of bioplastics, it was perceived which material would have the best performance 
for specific pieces and choose the best application. The tests were carried out on the 
handlebars and wheels of the children's bicycle, where the three parts were tested with 
the petroleum-based materials and then with the bioplastics to determine whether the 
replacement would guarantee the resistance of the parts. 

The group was able to use the facilities of IFAM and its laboratories and the 
support of the group’s tutors: Prof. Dr. Flavio and Prof. Dr. Isaac, to perform the material 
tests and bring results closer to reality in the software simulation. The experience also 
provided learning in the practice of new technologies and solutions for testing materials 
and parts. 

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The DemoDay has presented the result of the project in a great online meeting 
with all teams, staff, counterparts, teachers, and guests. It was not possible to do the 
presentation face-to-face. However, the presentations were all presented without any 
problem. The presentation was in pitch format in Portuguese and English, explaining 
how the work, the problems, the solutions, and the result of the project were carried out. 

In this last presentation, the behavior of the parts made with petroleum-based 
plastics and the renewable sugarcane-based bioplastics were shown. How the 
replacement could be carried out and how it would make the bicycle manufacturing 
process more sustainable and less polluting. The group also sought to address the UN 
Sustainable Development Goals, such as Innovation and Infrastructure, Sustainable 
Cities and Communities, Responsible Consumption and Production, and Climate Action. 

The idea of the project allows other parts to have their raw material modified by 
materials of a more sustainable and renewable origin, and Brazil has a strong company 
that produces and manufactures plastics, enabling safe and continuous use. It is 
expected that the implementation of the project will encourage other companies to 
exchange the product and contribute even more to the reduction of obtaining carbon 
and using less polluting plastics. (Figure 2.5). 

Figure 2.6. Plastic bicycle parts viable for bioplastic replacement presented on 
the DemoDay. 

Source: The authors. 

The Demoday is the most important day of the project. It is a spit on all the 
challenges and solutions. The group spent a lot of time preparing slides, explanations, 
and the solution to explain everything in 5 minutes. It was rehearsed to speak and 
revised the presentation several times until the whole group agreed that he was in the 
best possible way. 

The presentation was more relaxed. Everyone in the group knew the content well 
and was confident, with the feeling of accomplishment and sharing our best. There are 
moments of happiness and sadness because the project has come to an end. 

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It is consensual between all the students involved in the project - the most 
significant reward everyone had was all the learning acquired during 
LAPASSION@Manaus. Regarding group 1, it was clear how every member improved his 
soft skills, particularly when it comes to communication, interpersonal relation, and 
ideas exposure. 

The group used English as the standard language. By the end of the project, there 
was a Significant evolution in all communication levels. It is impressive once this 
evolution occurred throughout time and was based on practice rather than theory. 

Perhaps, as the group was composed of students from different cultures and 
different studying fields, it felt like there was mutual respect since the beginning. 
Everybody was open and attentive to what each one had to say. It continued until the 
end of the project, which probably made it much easier to manage the teamwork 
dynamics and contribute to the project's positive outcome. 

Another exciting aspect was the realization the group had about how one can 
never work on his own. For instance, when looking at the topic of the project from a 
superficial point of view, one may say the project is more related to what Vitor or 
Matheus study, biotechnology, and mechanical engineering, respectively. Although, if 
only Vitor and Matheus were working on this project, the outcome would have never 
been of the same quality, which means that distinct fields of science are somehow 
interlinked. It is of great value to combine such knowledge to achieve something more 

The systematic and techniques of the Design Thinking methodology were 
undoubted of great value for the resolution of the challenge proposed, showing to be 
practical tools to be carried for project development. Also, the very same methodology 
seemed to make the process of project development somehow more pleasant. Besides 
being suitable for the parts involved, it might have a positive effect on the project 


Team 2: Low-cost methods in 
drinking water generation 

Anne Karynne Almeida Castelo Branco® 
Darléa Araijo de Souza Esteu da Costa’ 

Sarah Feitoza da Silva ® 

As part of the LAPASSION@Manaus, Team II - Transire, lived in ten (10) weeks, 
using the PBL/ DT methodology, an experience that enabled both the flourishing of 
skills, cultural exchange, and the development of solutions in the face of the challenge 
proposed by the counterpart - Instituto Transire. 

Following the phases foreseen in the methodology, we divided the activities into 
immersion, ideation and, prototyping. It started in person but was redesigned, in the 
early days of Covid 19, to remote mode, online. 

In the immersion stage, we learned more about TD, identified the challenge, 
formulated the problem, and did preliminary research. In the ideation phase, we saw 
several possibilities. We met with partners/specialists and pivoted a few times to arrive 
at the best solution. In the prototyping stage, we understand better the legal factors 
surrounding the project. We arrived at the Minimum Viable Product (MVP). We found a 
low-cost solution for transforming rainwater into drinking water, with the target 
audience of the Lago do Catalao Community, located in Amazonas - Brazil. 


The proposal of the LAPASSION@Manaus includes co-design and collaboration in 
multidisciplinary teams that develop a solution to a challenge from an outsider, called 
counterpart. The main goal, of course, is to develop students’ soft skills. In this context, 
the coaches participated in training to understand the project and its development and 
what would be their duties in it to guide the team's actions towards the achievement of 
the proposed objectives. 

The Transire company's vision is "To be an Institute recognized by our customers 
and the world community for promoting a great diversity of technological and 
innovative products and services" (INSTITUTO TRANSIRE, 2021). It commits to 
development, implementation, and continuous improvement, which is not possible 
without human capital commitment. 

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To get to know the proposed challenge and its vision about it better, we were 
invited for a visit. We know the dependencies of the place, some projects, and research 
in progress and the products developed; this tour showed us the Institute's strong 
relationship with the region's sustainability and the innovation developed for this 

Five challenges were proposed based on problems faced by riverside 
communities. Therefore, our demands would be low-cost solutions with low 
environmental impact. After analyzing the proposals, the team decided on “Low-cost 
methods in drinking water generation.” 

Because of the theme, we brainstormed the problems faced by the communities 
to obtain drinking water and possible solutions that could be viable, of low cost, and that 
the residents of the community could reproduce with some ease with instructions. 
Among the solutions for water purification, proposals have emerged to use moringa 
powder, sunlight, acai stone as a type of activated carbon, among others. Next, we will 
describe the proposals perceived during the visit. 

3.2. THE TEAM 

The team was of five students. Diversity was a striking feature throughout the 
project. In addition to not knowing each other, most of the students were in different 
professional training processes, nationalities, and languages. The language and the initial 
relationship with strangers was a particular difficulty, but at the same time was an 
opportunity for the skills to gradually complement each other in the search for a 
common goal - to solve the challenge proposed by the Transire Institute. Now let's meet 
the students who were part of the Team: 

e Sarah Feitoza, Manaus/Brazil, Logistics student at IFAM/Brazil; 

e Martin Sirén, Tampere/Finland, nursing student at TAMK/Finland; 

® Lucas Pinheiro, Sao Luis/Brazil, Electrical Engineering student at IFMA/Brazil; 

e Rodrigo Carvalho, Manaus/Brazil, Software Engineering student at IFAM /Brazil; 
e Raiza Lucena, Advertising Production student at IFAM/Brazil. 

The team also had the participation of two coaches, teachers from IFAM, who 
followed the whole process from the choice of themes to the MVP presentation. The 
coaches’ role was to lead the process, to support students to reach the goal: Anne 
Karynne Almeida Castelo Branco, Ph.D. in Science Education, and Darlea Araujo de Souza 
Esteu da Costa, Master in Technological Education. 


After the opening of the Project, held in the IFAM - CMDI auditorium, during the 
morning of March 2, a tour was held on the Campus to get to know the Institution's 
premises, as it would be the meeting place for the coming weeks to come. At the 
beginning of the afternoon, each participant was introduced to his group. In this way, he 
became part of it. At that moment, the teams had time to get to know each other better, 
to start conversations in English, to discover a little of the history, skills, and interests of 
each member. 

In the three days that followed, the students were destined to participate in the 
Design Thinking Workshop, a methodology used throughout the immersion. Through 
the concepts passed on, we went to practice, and since then, we have simulated the 
choice of a challenge. This practice contributed a lot to understand better the stages that 

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we would experience through the method. To close the first week, all participants of 
LAPASSION@Manaus went to visit the Tumbira sustainable community, where it was 
possible to immerse themselves in Amazonian biodiversity, to learn more about this 
unique reality. 

Faced the challenge proposed by the Transire Institute and chosen by the group, 
the low-cost method for generating drinking water, a documentary research was carried 
out to obtain some basic information. As a result, the team found the main problems for 
drinking water (contamination, high cost of solutions, little information / education and 
low accessibility), and the existing optional methods to solve the problem with its 
positive and negative points (sustainable billboard, solar disinfection, air humidity, 
water desalination.). 

We also created a website/blog to share the logbooks during the Project and 
share the results. The first contact was made, still in Manaus, in a low-income 
community, regarding the availability and quality of the local water. However, it was not 
possible to end the interview due to the degree of danger in the neighborhood. 

For the systematic monitoring of the project, weekly meetings were established 
with all teams - “Feedback Day.” All presentations were in English with a pitch of 
approximately five minutes. After the presentation, we realized from the coaches' speech 
that we did a very general survey and could focus more on the Amazon Region. 

The following week, we were able to schedule a technical visit to the Instituto 
Transire. In addition to getting to know the infrastructure, we had time to discuss the 
proposed challenge. We received the news that the project would continue remotely, 
through the local coordinator, due to the arrival of the coronavirus in Manaus on March 
17. Then, we entered the analysis and synthesis phase, in which we defined the Lago do 
Catalao community (Figure 3.1) as the target audience. And as the most viable solution 
to the problem, we focus on rainwater as it is cleaner and easily accessible. 

Figure 3.1. Lago do Catalao Community - Amazonas - Brazil 

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The following tools were applied to study the problem: insight cards, affinity 
diagram (contamination, rainwater, low-cost natural methods), and in general, the 
guiding criteria were decided, which over the weeks have undergone some changes. 

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Initially, we thought about carrying out the following activities to favor an idea 
that would support us in solving the problem: 

[al Brainstorming session 

From the different points of view, the cultural and intellectual diversity of the 
participants, several possibilities related to the problem in “Not being able to use the 
water of the Solim6es River as drinking water" were listed. 

- tutorial videos on water purification methods; 

- educational game of preventive measures; 

- application to map regions that had clean water; 

= educational booklet of preventive measures; 

- the application teaches how to use natural methods for water purification 
step by step and videos. 

[b] Person identification 

We interviewed and identified four types of people: an elderly fisherwoman, an 
eight-year-old child, a woodworker, and a teacher. Thus, we identify their needs and 
how drinking water impacts their lives. 

[c] Guiding Criteria 

To establish limits to the project, format it, and make its mission clearer, some 
guiding criteria were identified: easy to understand, accessible, low cost, educational, 
efficient, and long term. Everybody was having access to drinking water. 

[d] Positioning matrix 

In this step, we used the “positioning matrix” tool to check concerning the guiding 
criteria that were most relevant to each identified person, contribute to the decision 
process, and subsequent prototyping. Figure 3.2 shows the positioning matrix. 

Figure 3.2. Positioning Matrix 

Positioning Matrix 

App with 

Easy to understand 



Low Cost 

Have access to 
drinking water 

Long Term 


Source: The authors. 

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So, the team adjusted the ideas from brainstorming to reach the Minimum Viable 
Product - MVP, looking for the more efficient that contributed to solving the problem. In 
this way, the idea chosen by the team was to assemble a direct filtering solution for 


Prototyping was a moment of tension for the group, who found themselves 
unable to leave the house, unable to hold the meetings in person. Even so, they wanted 
to present a physical product. 

On a new visit to the Transire Institute, we spoke with the Development Director 
and Designer Engineer for further clarification and specifications. After the meeting, the 
idea arose that only one of the participants would make the product matrix with the 
support of the others by video. In contrast, the others followed collaboratively in the 
creation of a “booklet.” 

A filter was designed to purify the rainwater that fell through the gutters of the 
community's houses. Figure 3.3 shows the exampleof the proposed filter: 

Figure 3.3. Filter prototype 

> Filter 

Source: The authors. 

The filter must have a kit with material to build it and a manual on how to do it. 
The filter can be placed directly on the gutter to capture rainwater. As coaches, we 
monitored the execution of the booklet, with educational information on the importance 
of drinking water, on the usefulness of the filter, ways of maintaining and cleaning the 
gutter, using home-made materials for water purification, as well as the operation of the 
product, which was entitled A'calhar 


Ten weeks after the start of activities, the results of all efforts were demonstrated 
through an online presentation to the other groups, coaches, and international and local 
partners of the Project. Table 3.1 shows a resume of the performed activities. 

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Table 3.1 - Schedule of activities 

Phases Week Performed activities 
Immersion 01 Setting and training 
Immersion 02 Challenge, community interviews Immersion 
Immersion 03 Visit the Transire Institute 

Ideation 04 Team meeting with coach and guest 

Ideation 05 Pivot 

Ideation 06 Team meeting with coach and guest 
Prototyping 07 Meetings, visit the partner, choose the best idea 
Prototyping 08 Product specification and legal issues 
Prototyping 09 Execution of the filter and primer 
Prototyping 10 Tests and Demoday 

Source: Elaborated by the authors (2021) 

Despite all difficulties, the team concludes the A'calhar filter, available to the 
community by the booklet (Figure 3.4) that teaches them how to build it. The results 
were shown in a final public presentation called DemoDay (Figure 3.5). All the students 
were so anxious, and they were delighted with the results. The counterpart Transire 
made its assessment of the results and be satisfied with the solution. So, mission 

Figure 3.4. Booklet cover and access QR code 




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Source: The authors. 

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Figure 3.5. Demoday presentation 

Source: The authors. 


We saw students discovering themselves in the process. The nationality barriers 
were gradually breaking down, even with the return of some young people to their 
countries of origin. The use of the internet, which seemed threatening, was gradually 
revealing new skills and possibilities. Each of us found his reason to continue since it 
was necessary to quarantine in the first weeks due to Covid 19. The virtual calls 
occupied the space of the colorful room, with an air of coworking, and became habitual. 
There, we share our knowledge about the Amazon, especially about the Lake Catalan 
Community, with people from various parts of the world: Finland, Portugal, Chile, 
Iceland, countries of origin of our students and guests. 

Each week, we saw and shared the reality of the Community, not as close as we 
would have liked or planned, but enough to worry us about finding a solution: 
transforming rainwater into drinking water. What, in the beginning, presented itself as 
numbers gradually became people, lives, and needs. Children, young adults, and even the 
elderly, each with their own needs, extrapolating the experience that each one of us had. 
It was a great challenge to experience a culture so close and yet so distant from ours. It 
includes even those who lived in Manaus. 

We learn about leadership, collaboration, resilience, problem-solving, creativity, 
and also about looking to the other with humanity. For some students, the experience of 
an exchange program without leaving their city or country of origin. For other students, 
learning to deal with distance, with cultural differences, and the need to understand this 
Brazilian word called Saudade. 

More than skills, we develop our mentalities of the future and our multiple 
intelligences, so crucial in this moment of paradigm transition that the world is going 
through. It wasn't about technical knowledge. It was about being a better professional, 

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being a better human. Besides, we saw how Research and Development could be 
sustainable and the potential of doing Science in the Amazon. 

An immersion like LAPASSION and the almost daily coexistence of the Team 
made us think, accelerate, create, feel, take care of, and learn from each other. There is 
no way to enter and leave this experience the same — a competition without losers, in 
which everyone did their best, with dedication and passion. 


INSTITUTO TRANSIRE. Who we are. [S. 1.], [s.d.]. Available at: Accessed on: 19 Mar. 2021. 


Team 3 - Reuse of electronic 

Gilbert Breves Martins? 

Daniel Nascimento-e-Silva!’ 


The challenge that our team set out to face was the reuse of electronic devices. 
The selection process took into account the nature of our organizational partner's 
business, which produces numerous devices. The team decided to direct the 
LAPASSION@MANAUS theme to the unwanted externalities of consumption as if it were 
a spotlight illuminating the problem's shadows, which is the difficulty of dealing with 
electronic waste. This problem is more serious when it occurs in the Amazon region and 
its enormous diversity. 

Before the team met with partner representatives for the first time, it had already 
realized that finding alternatives to electronic waste would be a challenge with a high 
probability of being accepted. It immediately sought knowledge and solutions to the 
problem available to prepare for the meeting. To this end, it had the mentors’ support 
and guidance so that it was clear about the problem and could at least present the scope 
of possible action and product plan. 

Eletrocompany, the global giant in the production of electronic devices, was the 
project partner. There was an agreement with the partner company from the first 
contact. Eletrocompany already had an e-waste recycling program, not precisely an 
effort to reuse and reuse the devices. The partner company would collect its customers' 
devices and send them to a third-party organization. This organization separated and 
correctly disposed of the pieces, with only a few of them being reused. The rest were 
discarded. When the team presented the proposal, the organization's leaders approved 
it, given the unprecedented nature of facing the exciting challenge of reusing devices 
considered obsolete, even for purposes other than those produced. Throughout the 
project's execution, the partner organization provided all the support for the intended 

4.2. THE TEAM 

Team 3 was composed of Camila Lienlaf, student of Mechanical Civil Engineering 
at the Pontificia Universidad Cat6lica de Chile; Sara Valavaara, an undergraduate student 
in Media and Arts at Tampere University of Applied Sciences, Finland; and the Brazilians 
David dos Santos Costa, a postgraduate student in Environment and its technologies at 
IFAM, and Amanda Silva, an undergraduate student in Advertising Production, also at 

° Instituto Federal do Amazonas - IFAM, Manaus/Brazil Email:* 
10 Instituto Federal do Amazonas - IFAM, Manaus/Brazil Email: 

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IFAM. The team was completed by tutors Daniel Nascimento e Silva and Gilbert Breves 
Martins, professors at the Federal Institute of Amazonas, the institution that housed the 
project. All communicated in English, with moments of opportunity for foreigners to 
learn a little Portuguese, mainly the European student. Moreover, in many instances, 
there was the simultaneous use of phrases with words from the four languages, forming, 
for example, Portunhol (Portuguese + Spanish) and Spanglish (Spanish + English). 

The team members' rapport was surprising. Rather than the growing process 
taking place, it can be said that it was highly accelerated if it was not immediate. On the 
second day, at various times, it seemed that those young students had known each other 
for a long time. Those who saw them work realized that when someone had difficulty 
expressing what they were thinking, the other person provided the precise or 
approximate word for that. However, the inhibition to communicate in a language other 
than his mother tongue was slowly dissolving. 

A team that produced such an easy and fast rapport could not present difficulties, 
a challenge of the magnitude of what they were about to receive. Despite the awareness 
that the problem would require a lot of their technical, cognitive, and relational 
knowledge and skills, everyone received the problem with great enthusiasm. And they 
were immediately ready to do their best to contribute with a solution capable of 
preserving the Amazon ecosystem. It seems that the will of Brazilian students has 
multiplied with the unquestionable desire of foreigners to join forces for the arduous 
journey, but that it was possible to be faced successfully. 


The immersion stage lasted three weeks. The first week consisted of acquiring 
essential information about the project and its operational dynamics. It also served to 
acquire rapport between team members and the first contacts of foreigners with the city 
of Manaus's ecological-socioeconomic reality. The second week focused on applying 
knowledge and skills to design thinking methodology, which started in the first week. 
Design thinking was the methodology used to develop the project activities, in 
consortium with knowledge based on problems. Meetings with the Eletrocompany 
representative, as shown in Figure 4.1, were crucial to gather helpful information for the 
project. The third week consolidated the methodology and finalized the first version of 
the project to be presented to the partner organization. 

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Source: the authors. 

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Design thinking is an active methodology. It removes the teacher from the center 
of attention so that the apprentice students take the lead in the actions. In this sense, 
tutors and advisors had the fundamental role of motivators and advisers about different 
aspects of the problem and the team members' solutions. As the team three members 
had profound skills in transforming ideas into operational courses of action, tutors and 
advisors’ role was greatly facilitated. These skills can be exemplified in different ways of 
handling and organizing data and information captured from scientific repositories, such 
as scientific articles and internet pages. 

The team's two most striking results in this first phase of immersion were 
designing the scope and criteria that the solution should present. The scope was linked 
to the necessary change in the local population's mentality about reuse and reuse. At this 
first moment, the target audience of the project was not defined. The solution criteria 
chosen were the economic solution, easy and viable manufacturing, social and 
environmental impact, attractiveness to the market, resistance, innovation, design, and 
Eletrocompany partnership. It is clear from the scope and criteria that the team's vision 
was focused on producing some product, not a service. 


The ideation stage lasted three weeks. This period's objective was to realize the 
concept of a product capable of solving the problem, allowing reusing and reusing 
electronic devices. The team took the criteria established in the immersion phase to 
specify the most suitable product's scope further to overcome the team's challenge. To 
this end, it developed a positioning matrix that resulted in the following solution 
alternatives: disassembly of devices and sale of parts, use as Arduino electronic devices, 
reverse delivery service, educational material, remodeling, and advertising campaigns 
for proper disposal. The accurate analysis defined that the solution would be to use the 
devices as educational material for Arduino. This solution was following 
Eletrocompany's environmental practice, shown in Figure 4.2. 

Figure 4.2. Life of Eletrocompany's devices in Manaus 

Source: the authors. 

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It was precisely when the ideation phase showed its most promising results that 
the coronavirus pandemic plagued the world. From the beginning, students and tutors 
were aware of the enormous health severity that was shaking the world, but even so, the 
team continued to make efforts to continue the project. Initially isolated in the city of 
Manaus, Brazilian and international students tried in every way to complete the ideation 
phase within the allotted time. Unfortunately, the health crisis has worsened further, 
requiring international students to return to their countries and Brazilians to begin a 
long social isolation period. But the project has not been discontinued. From here, all 
activities were developed remotely. 

Two great lessons could be seen at this stage. The first was the enormous effort 
that team members had to continue to develop the solution to the problem of electronic 
waste in Amazon. Continuous and daily dialogues were held by the available platforms, 
refining and refining the sought-after solution more and more. The second was the 
realization that adversity does not matter when you have focus and determination. The 
focus was the realization that there would be no physical product to solve the problem 
of disposing of electronic waste, but rather a service. The determination was the great 
willpower of everyone in determining the most appropriate way for this to happen. The 
solution would have to motivate both the target audience involved and, above all, the 
partner organization and the institutions that should be involved. 


The prototyping stage also lasted three weeks. The solution found focused on the 
knowledge of what the Arduino does. As a controller, he reads signals, processes 
information, gives instructions; as an actuator, performs functions, does something in 
the physical world; and as a sensor, it captures and provides information about its 
surroundings and environment. The team disassembled a smartphone to understand 
this device accurately and found that a) the processor and RAM are as good as 
computers to act as controllers, b) screen, flashlight, speaker, and vibrator can work as 
actuators, and c) they can function as sensors through proximity and position 
(magnetometer and GPS), motion, speed and rotation sensors (gyroscope with 3D 
position and accelerometer), environmental sensors (temperature, humidity, and 
pressure) and microphone, as shown in Figure 3. 

In the search for a solution to the problem, the team never faced any difficulties. 
Each member took each adversity as an obstacle to be overcome, a situation that could 
be overcome. The analysis of the solution showed, for example, that they did not find an 
emulator for Arduino that connected the sensors with the programming of applications 
and actuators. It was necessary to create one. They also found that they needed to 
connect more parts with motors that would allow movement. Instead of interpreting this 
as difficulty, the team members were happy because they realized at that moment that 
they were innovating. 

They were using a recombinant innovation strategy. 

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Figure 4.3. Electronic device and their components 





Source: the authors. 

This solution, still in the prototype phase, had four significant advantages: 1) the 
product is accessible to anyone interested in Arduino, 2) the user does not need an 
internet connection to the program and test the code, 3) it is not necessary to buy all the 
sensors separately, and 4) it is easy to use because no one needs to know how to connect 
each one. 

On the other hand, some gaps appeared and needed to be clarified to complete 
the prototyping. The first was the necessary confirmation from Eletrocompany, a 
partner company, about having interest and motivation in implementing the solution. 
The second was institutional support for this correct disposal. The third was related to 
people's real motivations in the target communities to adapt to this technology type. The 
fourth was due to the realization that only old smartphones can be used. And the fifth 
was of a legal order concerning the company Arduino. 


The solution found for the reuse of electronic devices was to use them as teaching 
resources. The idea was to create the Arduino Club at IFAM (Arduino Club at IFAM). This 
club would have the mission of offering four different types of extension courses. The 
first type would be free courses, with a minimum of 8 and a maximum of 40 hours of 
activities. The second type would be Initial Training (Initial Training) for students 
looking for qualification, with an activity load equal to or greater than 160 hours. The 
third type would be Continuing Education to serve all those who already had knowledge 
and experience in the area and needed to update or deepen knowledge and skills, with a 
minimum of 40 hours of activities. And the fourth type would be the Improvement 
Course for mid-level technicians, technologists, and other graduated professionals, with 
loads of specific activities for their needs. 

At DemoDay, the team showed how the IFAM Arduino Club members could learn 
to build devices from electronic components considered waste and program them to 
become functional. The students showed that this solution is aimed at helping the daily 

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life of isolated communities in the Amazon in a sustainable way through the reuse of 
electronic devices whose destinations would be garbage, with disastrous consequences 
for the fragile and vibrant Amazon ecosystem. The presentation of DemoDay was made 
virtually due to the pandemic. Each member of the team participated from the comfort 
of their home. Figure 4 illustrates this moment. 

Figure 4.4. The team project presentation 

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Source: the authors. 

The solution found has every possibility of being operationalized at IFAM. The 
students and teachers of the various technical training courses at medium and higher 
institution levels would be the Arduino Club members. Later, with the project's success, 
the solution could be expanded to other establishments, such as state technical schools 
and specialized centers for technical and professional training, such as Senai, Senac, and 

Besides, the Arduino Club can transform itself into a product that is ideally 
demanded and used by its various target audiences so that, while helping to preserve the 
environment, they allow Amazonian communities to be part of the new reality of 
industry 4.0. 


The great learning that the team 3 had with the development of this project 
realized its enormous capacity to find solutions to challenging problems in the 
contemporary world. However, it does not mean that each student and tutor, in 
isolation, had any doubts about their creative and innovative potential. It was clear from 
the first moments when they saw each other for the first time and began to interact that 
each member brought formidable baggage of knowledge and skills. But it is one thing to 
face problems and adverse situations alone and combine efforts to overcome challenges 
that depend on others' help. For these cases, it is not enough just the individual 
potential. It is necessary to have other skills that couple and harmonize individual 

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potentialities to reach a common goal. They are soft skills of an interrelational nature. 
This apprenticeship will be carried in your luggage for your whole life. 

Nothing more challenging, for example, for each member of any team than to lead 
and be led. The modern leadership practiced every day of the LAPASSION@Manaus 
project brought the member who made an effective contribution to the need of that 
moment. Therefore, one made a leader, one who contributed and was nominated for that 
role. It was the ability to collaborate that determined who was leading at a given time in 
the effective practice of situational leadership. While led, the other members seemed to 
be waiting for their time to collaborate. 

For this reason, the practiced communicational scheme was a mixture of technical 
precision of what should be understood with the loving way of communicating. And this 
procedure was carried out even in the sporadic moments, with greater possibilities of 
conflicts. As they were all full of the capacity to learn and relearn, doubts and 
clarifications were the focal points of communications between students and tutors. 
They practice equality and communicative solidarity. 

Technically, conflicts are almost always the consequence of denying someone's 
power or authority. A power relationship takes place between individuals with 
significant influence capacities. As there were no legal authorities in the teams and the 
ability to influence was not asymmetrical, the number and intensity of conflicts were 
reduced. When they appeared, they were almost quickly resolved through the 
clarifications provided by the team members. Therefore, what could be called conflicts 
were attitudes originating from different and not understood interpretations, which 
were eliminated with the proper clarification. 

Finally, from the point of view of team management, the success achieved showed 
that the management process was done satisfactorily. The activities were planned 
correctly, with clear objectives and a properly designed strategy. It facilitated 
identifying, obtaining, allocating, using, and evaluating the resources needed to carry out 
each activity. It helped a lot the fact that the communication scheme was horizontal. No 
one placed himself as superior to his colleague in the practice of situational leadership 
that motivated the participants to achieve the predicted objectives. When something did 
not work satisfactorily, the members carried out new planning based on the alleged 
failure's learning. 


Team 4: Ecopoint: a collaborative 
recycling station to stimulate 

Jamille Miranda Anjos" 
Lucas Gomes Flores'* 
Andre Wilson Archer Pinto Salgado"? 

Paulo Henrique Rocha Aride' 

This study aimed to assist in disseminating and knowledge of the innovation 
culture in higher education institutions, aiming to improve and access employability and 
internationalization, developed in partnership with companies and organizations. It was 
developed from the execution and participation in the International Project LAPASSION, 
particularly in LAPASSION@Manaus. 


The LAPASSION@Manaus brought together students of different nationalities in 
different groups and counterparts to propose a challenge related to a general theme, 
“Social and Environmental Technologies for the Amazon Sustainability.” As IFAM was 
the institution that received LAPASSION@Manaus, it proposed the challenge “Efficient 
Environmental Management to Public Institutions” and acted as the counterpart. During 
the preparation of the proposed solution to this challenge, sustainability was the way to 
arrive at a good idea. 

Seeking to learn more about how environmental management occurs in the city 
of Manaus, field research was carried out, which made it possible to identify problems 
and possible solutions related to the management site, and specific actions aimed at 
sustainability. Considering environmental problems that Amazon has been suffering for 
decades and with increasing intensity, non-sustainable management is characterized as 
a real problem to be faced. Thus, under the law and governmental guidelines, public 
institutions must obey the criteria for this theme. IFAM, located in this area, has a 
responsibility to its community, in addition to social responsibility. With this, a proposal 
was devised that aimed at the engagement of all those involved in institutions. Thus, 
“Ecopoint” was developed, an informative, creative, and interactive selective collection 
station, full of technological and visual content. 

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5.2. THE TEAM 

The team was composed of five students, one from Chile, two from Brazil but 
outside Manaus, and three local students from Manaus. All of them from different 
courses. Figure 5.1 shows the team at work. 

Figure 5.1: IFAM’s team 

Source: The authors. 

From the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile, Alberto Infante Wilson is a design 
and innovation engineer passionate about sustainability and the environment. Especially 
when it comes to problems involving human interaction, he believes in the multi- 
discipline as a tool for finding integral solutions that could produce a real impact in our 

Jamille dos Anjos Miranda, from the Federal Institute of Para, is a Pedagogy 
student who lives in the Belém Islands region of Para. She lives in the countryside, but 
studies in the city, and even her Course Completion Work discusses this trajectory of 
students who leave the countryside daily for the city to study. 

From the Federal Institute of Amazonas, Lucas Gomes Flores was in the 5th 
period of Control and Automation Engineering, a student who loves technology and its 
improvements. He participates in technology fairs and robotics championships. He also 
offers courses to freshmen students, such as Arduino and electronic instrumentation. 

Luzia Emanuelle Valentim, from the Federal Institute of Maranhao, has a degree 
in Science and Technology, and she works as a mechanic technician. She is a student of 
Mechanical Engineering. There, she works with researchers in ferrous materials, 
automotive mechanics, and mechanical manufacturing. 

Melyssa Oliveira Gomes, from the Federal Institute of Amazonas, took the 5th 
period of the degree course in biological sciences. She loves everything that involves a 
sustainable policy and direct contact with nature; and believes that changes start with 
small actions and changing people’s minds. 

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During the first week, academics received guidance. According to a proposal of 
the Design Thinking (DT) method, they practiced the problem-solving process to 
familiarize them and act in the ways to be developed in the construction of the project. 
The project was developed over ten weeks, with the initial two weeks for immersion in 
the proposed problem. 

Designers deep emerge in the problem to search for understanding the context 
surrounding it through research, interviews, and observations. In this process, the cards 
of insights are fundamental. It is essential to organize the information according to the 
theme, the source of collection, and the problem explained at the research time. 

For three days, a Design Thinking workshop was developed, where the group 
learned from conceptual and practical forms how to develop a project from the 
perspective of this method (Figure 5.2). In this sense, our group worked with the 
symbolic theme “Safety for students of the CMDI Campus at a bus stop.” 

To solve this problem, group 4 developed an alternative that fit the respective 
criteria: (1) Organize students to go to the bus stop together; (2) Prevent students from 
missing the bus; (3) Low financial cost; (4) Be collaborative; (5) Allow students to wait 
for transport safely; (6) Don't consume too much internet. 

Thus, it was concluded that making the application collaborative would assist in 
its purpose so that any user could share information about the vehicle's location by the 
application itself. Whoever needs to take the X bus must access the application and click 
on the desired bus. Thus, a chat page would open, where you could ask about your exact 
location and receive a response from another user. 


ure 5.2 The DT presentation course 

Source: The authors. 

Therefore, we seek to understand environmental management and sustainability 
applied in different environments fully. One of these environments was the Reserve 
Tumbira sustainable community. There, we learned about how the community's 
inhabitants live, their income sources, and how they live their daily work and study. The 
residents live off the resources from tourism, such as selling handmade products selling 
typical food, among other products. The Reserve has two schools: a municipal and a 
state school. At the state school, students have online classes with teachers who are in 
the capital due to logistical difficulties for daily access to the community. 

The proposed challenge was to develop efficient environmental management for 
public institutions, based on the FAM itself, Campus Manaus Distrito Industrial (CMDI). 

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We studied environmental legislation, articles, and guiding documents for sustainable 
management and visited some institutions to learn how sustainability works in these 
spaces. During on-site visits, we identify the location where significant actions take 
place. It aims to raise the awareness of rural and urban communities, engage citizens 
with the ideas of sustainability, and correct waste disposal. However, we also found 
places with no specific actions, therefore, lacking comprehensive directions and actions. 

The group was decided that it was necessary to research before going to the field. 
During the data collection process, a visit was made to the Federal University of 
Amazonas (UFAM). The responsible show as the sustainable management process 
occurs at the university through projects developed on and off-campus. 

A visit was made to the National Institute of Amazonian Research (INPA) to 
expand our observations on sustainable management. The workers interviewed 
reported that at INPA they promote the reuse of 60% of the water in the manatee tanks 
to the turtle lake; the reintroduction of fish in the wild; destination of residues produced 
by the institute; reuse of newspapers and books from the library; alternative research 
for the reuse of acai seeds; use of wood from old buildings within the Institute for other 
works and use of wood from falling trees; promotion of paper donation (all types) for a 
recycling cooperative and adoption of the document digitization process. There is also a 
project to acquire solar plate systems, to reduce electricity consumption. 

After the immersion process, we review the collected materials for the 
subsequent preparation of the weekly presentation. We continue to study the data 
collected and the possible solutions to delve deeper into the guiding documents of 
environmental management in public institutions. 

On March 16, we faced terrible news about the Coronavirus pandemic. On this 
day, the first case of the disease in the city of Manaus was confirmed. As agreed, at the 
beginning of the week, we carried out the planning of the activities. We shared our 
research and the readings of the laws, rules, and actions developed in other countries 
related to the subject in question. At this moment, we received the news that as of March 
18, the Institute would need to suspend activities due to the coronavirus. 

Although the advance of the pandemic has caused unexpected changes such as 
the early return home of some participants of the LAPASSION Project, among them, a 
member of group 4, all members were working remotely. So, the most prudent and 
recommended were to return to their homes because at this moment. Almost nothing 
was known about the virus. In this sense, the main guidelines for generating ideas were 
(i) Raising awareness of the people involved, (ii) Low cost, (iii) Educate about 
environmental importance, (iv) Encourage everyone's participation, (v) Possible to be 
built in up to 5 weeks, (vi) Easily applicable, and (vii) No internet addiction. 


A brainstorm focused on the thematic areas was developed, considering the 
guidelines in session 5.3. There was a discussion on the elaboration of resources that 
could work on water reuse, paper recycling, electricity reduction, and other related 
actions. After the discussions, 12 ideas generated from the brainstorm were selected. To 
select the most effective ones and evaluate these guidelines was elaborated through the 
“Matrix of positions” tool, which identifies the most appropriate idea according to the 
guiding criteria. In this way, the following steps were taken: filter of ideas; criteria score; 
ideas vs. criteria. 

Five ideas were built based on the Institute's Sustainable Logistics Policy - PLS, 
which were: 

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1. Meter for the amount of waste, aiming to reduce waste and propose 
challenges (P.S.L 4.6.2.); 

2: Composting device with organic residues that can be used for orchards, 
vegetable gardens, sale among other possibilities (P.S.L .4.6.2.); 

cy Design of tap aerators made with recyclable materials to reduce water 
consumption (P.S.L 4.5.8.); 

4, Recycle station to reduce waste and promote selective collection 
(P.S.L .4.6.2.); 

ae Use of rainwater collection and air conditioning (P.S.L.4.5.5.). 

The recycling station was the most viable alternative, and from there, the 
project's target audience was defined: students, teachers, civil servants, and contractors. 

Then, a series of telephone and video calls were conducted. These interviews 
sought to understand better how management on the IFAM-CMDI campus worked. Our 
interviewees were teachers, outsourced employees, and representatives of the “Recicla 

Manaus Association” responsible for the collection of recyclable materials. 
Finally, we contacted “Reciclagem do Bem,” a project by UFAM students that collects 
different types of materials for artisans. 

The recyclable station was designed to reduce waste and promote selective 
collection (according to article PLS4.6.2.). For this purpose, it was conceived to promote 
recycling, providing users with an easy way to apply and raise awareness on this topic 
(Brazil is the fourth country that produces the most waste). 

Although the idea was accepted and the group carried out research on creating an 
app, it was noted that the subject we were working on does not usually arouse interest 
in the target audience, so they need to seek strategies to collaborate with students. The 
idea was to seek ways for students to be active agents in using the application so that 
they download and use the application. After all, we only download applications when 
we Care. 

The station was designed and idealized to contain information about recyclable 
and non-recyclable, in its front part and a camera to capture the interaction actions 
between this and the user audience. The capture takes place using a sensor that, when 
feeling the addition of residues, captures the image and shows it on a screen (monitor or 
television) to disseminate positive attitudes towards the environment. This monitor or 
television was designed to remain in circulation on the Campus, showing images and 
videos with informational messages on sustainability actions and guidelines in a fixed 


The research was carried out to determine alternatives for developing the work 
of sensitization and awareness of the academic community of the importance of 
recycling and the reduction in the production of waste. It matured our initial idea of 
selective collection. 

The process would work like this: considering that we will have a photographic 
camera at the front of the station, people who correctly dispose of their waste would 
have their record done by the machine, triggered by infrared sensors inserted inside the 
station. This photo would be raffled to be displayed on social media and the IFAM page 
as an example of good action for the environment. This tool would also be meant to 
disseminate relevant information on the topic, such as the institution's sustainable 
logistics plan, among others, that value and encourage respect for nature. With the 
electronic material made available by IFAM - CMDI (Raspberry Pi 3, Arduino UNO, 

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Monitor 21” and accessories), we made a 64 GB memory card and camera available, and 
we started programming. 

Thus, based on the observations and definition of the station's components, 
necessary adjustments were made: removal of the space for glass collection, as it is a 
material that is not collected at IFAM; we decided that it would be better to put the 
information at eye level, more visible and apparent to the user; and we have included 
drawers for collecting small size and weight materials. 

We finalized the two manuals, one for use (how to organize, care for and feed the 
station). And another in the physical part (the types of materials used, proportion of 
length, width, weight), as the group's intention, was for the project to be built and 
implemented in any interested institution. We finished the station aesthetic, leaving it 
with a more functional aspect, as it is self-explanatory, as it contains information on how 
to deposit the garbage in it. We finished the videos on IFAM's Sustainable Logistics Plan, 
presenting what this plan is and what its objective is; another on how sustainable habits 
can help the environment; and one on sustainable practices, giving tips on reuse, 
suggesting handcrafts as an alternative for the reuse of materials, etc. All of these videos 
will be broadcast on TV. 

The last week was preparing the storytelling to share our project with everyone 
and presenting it on the web-DemoDay. The idea was to show our product and its 
importance as if we were selling. So, we elaborate on the following selling point: What 
are public institutions doing about it? It was precisely our research question. We visited 
three institutions, made a massive web form, and also informed ourselves about the 
municipality's environmental legislation through documentary research. 

What did we discover? Although there is a concern and awareness about 
sustainability for the development of the Amazon region. It is not aligned and 
internalized within the institutions as an example for society daily. Our opportunity? We 
saw the need to generate a sustainable practice, an action that made care for the 
environment visible, helping it, specifically in the scope of improving waste management 
on the IFAM-CMDI campus. 

As a solution, we proposed a waste separation station, which can be used to 
sensitize the academic community about caring for the environment. We identified that 
a large part of the common waste from IFAM - CMDI that is sent to landfill has materials 
that can be recycled. With the proposed solution, the institution would effectively 
comply with Decree No. 5,940 / 2006, which provides for the separation of recyclable 
waste generated by the public administration, and will comply with guideline 4 of the 
Sustainable Logistics Plan of IFAM. 


The environment has been suffering from various types of aggressions for years 
due to the human development process. It has been accompanied by society's neglect of 
the environment in which it lives, which has already had harmful effects on various 
environments and natural resources. Excessive consumption of these non-renewable 
natural resources, oil products, and other waste-generating agents causes a large part of 
environmental pollution, which raises evidence of the relevance of sustainable social and 
industrial practices (RIBEIRO et al., 2016). Ecological sustainability is the ability of a 
given population to occupy a limited area to exploit its natural resources without 
threatening, over time, the ecological integrity of the environment (LIMA; POZZOBON, 

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There are important higher education institutions (HEIs) in urban centers, which 
attract students from the region and other Brazilian states and countries. Consequently, 
these HEIs are significant generators of solid waste, mainly from meal supply services 
(canteens and university restaurants), responsible for generating a large portion of 
recyclable, organic, and tailings waste. These are collected and sent to landfills or 
landfills (controlled or sanitary), causing contamination of soil and surface and 
underground water (GONCALVES et al., 2018) when not separated or reused in the 
institution itself. 

With the study, our students were challenged to propose, precisely, a product or 
service that would provide a solution to these problems with waste produced by IFAM. 
During this journey, students were challenged by a significant impact factor: the covid- 
19 pandemic. We were overwhelmed by the emergence of this virus, and the whole 
scenario developed over those years. Students and other participants were forced to 
enter a lockdown to preserve their lives. International students had to return to their 
countries of origin and nationals, to their states. Unlike the other editions of LAPASSION, 
this one would be virtual from that moment. 

What appeared to be a challenge that could jeopardize the results of the projects 
was, in fact, an excellent incentive for the teams to participate more actively. Virtual 
meetings have become daily and, at many times, more than once a day. Contacts 
between students, coaches, and project participants were more active. The project, 
specifically, managed to project its proposal virtually. One of the students, with 
mechanical skills, produced a physical prototype in reduced dimensions. 

The Ecopoint is a selective collection station designed to receive the most 
common types of waste produced by the Federal Institute of Amazonas (IFAM), of which 
metal, paper, and plastic stand out (Figure 5.3). The differential of this feature is that it 
encourages the correct disposal in a fun, attractive, and dynamic way. It contains colors, 
concise information, a monitor, and a camera for the interaction of employees. 

Figure 5.3: visual prototype of the recycling station. To your left: front and right to the 

Source: The authors. 

Its parts and functionalities: 
° Sink for cleaning waste, which should be used only when there is a need; 
e Bins for each type of material (metal, plastic, and paper); 

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e Exclusive drawers for depositing straws, lids for pet bottles, and tin 
rings/seals, as these materials that have little mass are hard of value to cooperatives; 
therefore, they will be sent to artisans; 

e A monitor with a camera to interact with people, thanking them for the 
good deed and taking pictures of those who correctly dispose of garbage at the station. 
These photos will be published on a television that will be an external component of the 

® Ultrasonic sensors in the trash to identify the material deposit and; 

e TV, which is not inserted in the station but close to it, publishes good 
actions captured by the camera and disseminates information on environmental 
management and sustainability in general, using informal language, commonly used in 
social networks. 

Selective collection differentiates the previously separated residues according to 
their constitution or composition, which are selected by the generator and made 
available for collection separately. According to the PNRS, the implementation of the 
selective collection is an obligation of the municipalities, which must present this 
practice in the integrated solid waste management plans. The complexity of mixing these 
wastes makes the recycling process more expensive or unviable, so the generator must 
separate them by material composition categories, for example, dry recyclable wastes: 
various metals, paper, cardboard, tetrapak, different plastics, and glass; tailings: non- 
recyclable bathroom and cleaning waste; and organic waste: food waste and garden 
waste (MMA, 2020). 


Our students were challenged to propose a product or service that would provide 
a solution to the problem regarding the destination of waste produced by IFAM. During 
this journey, students were challenged by a significant impact factor: the covid19 
pandemic. After a few weeks of exchange, we were overwhelmed by the emergence of 
the covid virus and the whole scenario. Students and other participants were forced to 
enter a lockdown to preserve their lives. International students had to return to their 
countries. They initiated a methodological process of project management virtually. 
Unlike the other editions of La Passion, this one would be virtual from that moment. 

What appeared to be a challenge that could jeopardize the results of the projects 
was, in fact, an excellent incentive for the teams to participate more actively. Virtual 
meetings have become daily and, at many times, more than once a day. Contacts 
between students, coaches, and project participants were more active. 

The project, specifically, managed to project its proposal virtually. One of the 
students, with mechanical skills, produced a physical prototype in reduced dimensions. 
That helped a lot in several aspects, mainly about the feeling of group work, done by 
several hands, thus adding the whole team. 

When it comes to the feeling of accomplishment, which includes the objectives of 
the La Passion project and the countless intangible variables that transform the lives of 
the project participants. Interdisciplinarity requires that we develop human skills such 
as: communication, leadership, initiative, team spirit, empathy, among others. 

At the end of the whole process, perceive the change in each of the participants, 
as the experience and cultural exchange directly influences the way of thinking about 
countless human factors. It made it possible for everyone to reformulate their way of 
thinking and acting. Adapting to each person's rhythms and procedures. 

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Another point that is important to highlight is the issue of language. In the 
project, the officially defined language was English. However, it was interesting to notice 
the curiosity among the participants in learning the native language of others, such as 
Finnish, Spanish and Portuguese. What became more evident is that language is not a 
barrier and can be a great tool to stimulate rapprochement between people. 

At the end, considering all the challenges that arose, the results were excellent. By 
having all students and other participants in virtual chat groups, the exchange of 
messages often only reinforces that one of the main objectives has been achieved: the 
connection between the members of the groups. They will be connected in building 
relationships that directly impact managing, thinking, and developing projects. 


GONCALVES, M. S., et al. Aproveitamento e residuos solidos organicos na UTFPR- 
Campus Campo Mourao. Anais do XIV Simpésio Italo-Brasileiro de Engenharia 
Sanitaria e Ambiental, Foz do Iguacu-PR, 18 a 20 de jun., de 2018. 

LIMA, D.; POZZOBON, J.; Amaz6nia socioambiental. Sustentabilidade ecolégica e 
diversidade social. Versdo reduzida do trabalho publicado em M. A. D’Incao, I. C. Vieira; 
J. M. C. da Silva e D. Oren (eds.), Diversidade biologica e cultural da Amazonia hoje. 
Belém, Museu Paraense Emilio Goeldi/ MCT, 2001. 

MMA- Ministério do Meio Ambiente. Cidasde sustentaveis e residuos solidos. 

BrasiliaDF Disponivel em < 
solidos> Acesso em: 25 de ago. 2020 

RIBEIRO, D.; MOURA, L. S.; PIROTE, N. S. dos S.; Sustentabilidade: Formas de 
Reaproveitar os Residuos da Construc¢ao Civil. Taubaté- SP, Revista de Ciéncias 
Gerenciais, v.20, n.31, 2016, p.41-45. 


Team 5: Insertion of sustainable 
productive chains of conservation 
units in the Market 

Ana Liicia Soares Machado"” 

Jucimar Brito de Souza !° 

The first reaction to the invitation to participate in a project of this magnitude 
was one of concern. After all, we would have a series of challenges, ranging from acting 
differently with the students, as a coach, to communicating in English. Also, working 
with students from different areas, different cultures, and not necessarily in our area of 
expertise. It takes us out of the comfort zone — all to meet the demand of an external 
partner, that is, something challenging. However, we cannot deny it. It was a unique 
experience to share with the other colleagues in the LAPASSION@Manaus team, and 
learning with these young people was remarkable. 


The coordination organized the choice of the partner company. It was motivated 
by the theme of LAPASSION@Manaus, with a strong bias in the environment. Therefore, 
our partner was the State Secretariat for the Environment (SEMA). We set up a meeting 
with the secretary Dr. Eduardo Taveira, and we had a very fruitful conversation. It was 
clear that SEMA was interested in addressing the problem of small family farmers, from 
the state's conservation units, of placing their products on the market. It would bring 
several possibilities to the student team in the secretary's view, and we immediately 

At that meeting, the secretary introduced us to the manager of conservation units, 
Mr. Kleber Bechara, who became our primary interface with SEMA. From this moment 
on, we started to discuss several ideas and managed to align them in this challenge: 
Insertion of sustainable productive chains of conservation units in the Market. 

It is essential to understand that Conservation Units (UCs) are natural areas 
created and protected by the municipal, state, and federal government. UCs are 
regulated by law No. 9,985/2000, which established the National System of 
Conservation Units (SNUC). The SEMA is responsible for the management of 42 UCs with 
a management plan. The total area of these UCs is 18,907,378.34 hectares of legally 
protected forest, which represents 12.13% of Amazonas state area, dividing it between 
34 for sustainable use and 8 for complete protection. (AMAZONAS, 2007). 

15 Instituto Federal do Amazonas - IFAM, Manaus/Brasil. E-mail: 
16 Instituto Federal do Amazonas - IFAM , Manaus/Brasil. E-mail: 

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In these areas, environmental public policies are more effective, due to the 
governance environment, in partnership with the traditional resident populations 
through the implemented Councils. That was the “size” of our challenge. 

6.2. THE TEAM 

The students were chosen together with the LAPASSION@Manaus team to define 
all collaborative teams among foreigners, Brazilians, and local students. We tried to have 
at least one student with knowledge in the environmental area in the team, as it would 
be essential to have someone with this profile to facilitate communication with SEMA in 
the area's specific terms and concepts. In the end, the team stayed with the following 
students, the first being the team coordinator: 

® Lucyanna Moura - Environment, IFAM/BR 

e Jeniffer Alejandra, Tourism and Hospitality, DUOC/CL 

° Ana Carolina Paiva, Mechanical Eng., IFAM/BR 

e Vitor Leonardo, Languages, IFAP/BR 

e Kennedy Azevedo, Advertising, - IFAM/BR 

As you can see, all students are from different areas and places, like a student 
from Chile, a student from Amapa, and the others from Manaus. Despite the differences, 
the team has always worked cohesively in the development of activities, as the specific 
skills of each team member complimented the group's needs. The main characteristic of 
the team was the diversity of ideas brought from their formative experiences, and the 
most significant difficulty that we could perceive was the ability to overcome the 
differences and understand that they were only obstacles to be overcome, not barriers. 

From the articulation and individual relationships, it was possible to extract his 
best because excellence is not perfection. It is only "your best," respecting the limits and 
difficulties of the moment. Due to the pandemic situation, we had to work in the home 
office, and some members had to deal with losses in the family and others with anxiety 
attacks, among others. However, it was handled correctly by the team without significant 
compromises. Figure 6.1 shows the team and coaches' first meeting in the 
LAPASSION@Manaus workspace before starting the pandemic. After the pandemic, the 
meetings were online, and the service was provided through a social network group. 

Figure 6.1. First team meeting with coaches. 

Source: The authors. 

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At this stage, we were still working presently, and the team immerses themselves 
in the problem to understand its specificities, possibilities of the solutions, material and 
logistical needs, among others. Of course, it wouldn’t be possible to operate in all UCs, so 
we focused our efforts on the Puranga Conquista Sustainable Development Reserve 
(RDS) in agreement with SEMA. 

The team had already trained in the Design Thinking (DT) method in the first 
week and already had a good sense of the steps to follow. It was interesting to see the 
initial excitement at this stage, while the concern to realize how big and complex the 
problem was. 

The strategies for this immersion were a) documentary research provided by 
SEMA, b) strategic map of the UCs' demands and locations, c) logistical assessment, d) 

e) interview with the manager of protected areas, Mr. Kleber Bechara, and f) on- 
site visit. 

All was implemented, except for a visit, due to the lockdown in conservation units 
in Amazonas at that time. 

In this phase, a significant difficulty was using online meeting tools and 
communication with small producers in their communities in RDS, which were also 
overcome through dialogue with the unit manager. They created a WhatsApp group 
between the team, community representatives, and the unit manager. One of the 
immersion actions can be seen in Figure 6.2, which was the study of the documents 
provided by SEMA and an analysis of the scenario map concerning small producers in 
these areas. 

Figure 6.2 Immersion in study scenarios of UCs. 

Cenarios Desafiadores 

Insercao dad, Cadeias Produtivas Sustentaveis de UC no mercado 

Source: The authors. 

This immersion showed us that (i) the demands were actual and challenging, (ii) 
distances were difficult to be assessed, (iii) and contact with the community 
representatives contributed to the bonding relationship, where the team could feel the 
pain of the other and find ways to overcome barriers, obstacles and develop a solution. 
Still, in the immersion phase, the team chose a name and image that could be their 

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identity since the river is the best way of transport and access to the UCs. The name 
Canoa was chosen because it is the name in Portuguese of transport way most used by 
the community, and it allows access to the most remote and rugged access places of the 


The ideation phase went through a comprehensive discussion in the field of 
possibilities. It was exciting to see the multiple views of the students since they came 
from different areas. They didn’t need much guidance and conducted this phase well, 
leaving us within an observation mode, mainly regarding the ideas' scope and feasibility 
and addressing the proposed challenge. 

There were several good ideas. At least three of them would have been well 
accepted by our counterpart. After a joint debate and exchanging ideas with the 
counterpart, the proposed solution was to create a visual identity for the forest products, 
sustainable packaging, entrepreneurship courses, and a booklet including basic 
information and the path to developing entrepreneurs their products. We can see in 
figure 6.3 an example of a meeting to discuss ideas and suggestions. 

Figure 6.3. showing ideas to the challenge 

Source: The authors. 


During the COVID-19 pandemic, the task of developing the prototype was even 
more remarkable, as it was not possible to visit the local community to learn about 
details of the products and the production chain. However, the team divided the tasks 
according to each one’s skills and always made decisions together. It had a lot of 
dedication and the support of the counterpart in this interface. 

In the end, it was decided that the team would develop two products: 

[a] the visual identity for the products, creating a logo and label for the best- 
selling product in the community. It was a miraculous ointment, which main active 
ingredient comes from a tree in the forest called Jatoba - Hymenaea courbaril, and; 

[b] a booklet with the basic information and necessary steps for forestry 
entrepreneurs for the development of their products. 

The development of the prototype took place with the following steps: 

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1. Creation of visual identity: 

[a] Several designs were presented to the team and the small producers to 
choose the product's visual identity. 

[b] After that, it was necessary to find a partnership to build this visual 

2. Building the booklet: 

[al Selection of contents. 

[b] All the instruction was writing for the reader to understand quickly. 

[c] Develop a beautiful visual presentation 

[d] Selection of photos. 

fe] Final review. 

For each stage, the project was informally presented to the counterpart, allowing 
feedback on the decisions made and possible refinements. In practice, it was not 
decisive because the UC community and SEMA well accepted the team's proposal and 
the adjustments. We can see in Figure 6.4 the development phase of the prototype. 

Figure 6.4. The prototype development. 

Base r 
| Visual Id 
Jatoba Prototy 

Source: The authors. 


The challenging last week arrives and the final and public presentation of the 
project’s results, within a counterpart public evaluation. As usual, the students were 
anxious and very nervous about this final step. The presentation was made in English 
and then repeated in Portuguese for a three-minute duration. As agreed with the team, 
the student Ana Carolina made the final presentation with great propriety. Figures 6.5 
and 6.6 illustrate the final product in an online format in the DemoDay presentation. 

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Figure 6.5. Visual Identity on DemoDay. 


Biocosmetics & Phytomedicine 


Blocosmedicts & 

Xarope de 

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Source: The authors. 

Figure 6.6. The online version of Booklet on DemoDay. 



Source: The authors. 

The counterpart's evaluation was incredibly positive. The prototype was 
transformed into a product and distributed to the UCs in Amazonas after the project. The 
product can be found on the SEMA page, at the link 


More important than the prototype created in the project, the main goal of 
LAPASSION@Manaus was to provide for these students the development of soft skills in 
a networked innovation environment. It should be noted that 70% of 
LAPASSION@Manaus occurred under the strong influence of the pandemic COVID-19, 
occurring remotely, and this brought with it the necessity to further develop these skills. 

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The learning perception that we will describe is subjective and based on the 
partial evaluations of the project, which take place weekly, in daily monitoring of the 
work, mainly through the team's social network, and in comparison of the students’ 
attitudes between the first and last week of the project. In general, we can say that the 
team developed these soft skills: 


Creativity and innovation; 

Respect, among others. 

We are adaptable beings and learners. We can see this in every project, in every 
meeting, and at every opportunity. Guiding this team was a challenge, but we all grew 
up, developed unknown or perhaps unimaginable skills. LAPASSION provided this 
personal and professional growth to the entire team. The keywords perceived 
throughout the development of this project were resilience and overcoming. The student 
finishes their project so happy, as shown in Figure 6.7. 

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Vitor Leonardo Lucyanna Coelho Jenn Condemarin Ana Paiva 

Source: The authors. 


AMAZONAS. (2007). Sistema Estadual de Unidades de Conservagao - SEUC. Lei 
Complementar n. 53 de 05 de junho de 2007. Secretaria de Estado do Meio Ambiente e 
Desenvolvimento Sustentavel - SDS, 22 Ed. Amazonas. 


Team 6: Sharing knowledge tool 
in the schools of the 
Conservation Units 

Criscian Kellen Amaro de Oliveira Danielli!’ 

Rodrigo de Souza Amaral'® 


The challenge addressed in this chapter arose from the partnership between the 
LAPASSION Project - Manaus Edition and the Foundation for Amazon Sustainability - 
FAS (Funda¢ao Amazonia Sustentavel), a non-profit civil society organization. The FAS 
was founded in 2008. Its mission is to contribute to the environmental conservation of 
the Amazon by enhancing standing forests and their biodiversity and improving the 
quality of life of riverside communities associated with the implementation and 
dissemination of knowledge on _ sustainable development. Thus, among _ the 
complementary programs implemented by FAS in State Conservation Units, those 
related to education stand out to improve social indicators in communities in the 
interior of Amazonas state. 

Due to logistical difficulties and poor access to communication, remote 
communities in the Amazon have low levels in National indicators of educational 
attainment, suggesting the need for innovative methods and tools to suit the reality of 
these populations. In this context, and considering the role of FAS in these communities, 
the partner proposed the theme "Sharing knowledge tool in the schools of the 
Conservation Units" as a challenge. 

The proposed challenge is based on the need to assist teachers and educators in 
the insertion of regional themes in the classroom, highlighting elements and values of 
the local culture and proposing solutions for sustainable development. Therefore, the 
development of data sharing app/tools for leveling knowledge and subsequent 
scheduling strategy for other remote areas can significantly strengthen the training 
centers for young people/teenagers in remote areas of the state. 

Throughout the project, the technical staff of the partner was available to carry 
out meetings with Team 6, making possible the appropriate adjustments to the 
development of the solution within the individual needs and capacities. Besides, FAS 
promoted a visit to one of its areas of activity to facilitate developing activities linked to 
the Design Thinking methodology. 

17 Instituto Federal do Amazonas - IFAM, Manacapuru/Brasil. E-mail: 
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Team 6 was composed of five students of different nationalities and academic 
backgrounds, as shown in Table 7.1. 

Table 7.1 The team 6 

Student Country Institution Course 

1 Brazil | Federal Institute of the Amazonas - IFAM / Brazil paversising Production 
: F é Automation and 
2 Brazil | Federal Institute of the Amazonas - IFAM / Brazil F : 
Control Engineering 

3 Brazil | Federal Institute of the Amazonas - IFAM / Brazil Biological SeieHEE® 
Federal Institute of the Amapa - IFAP / Brazil Mathematics Teaching 

Medical Computing and 
5 Portugal } Superior Institute of Engineering of Porto - ISEP / Portugal | Instrumentation 

Source: The authors. 

The team's heterogeneity was a significant factor in broadening the discussion 
around the challenge theme. Each student, from his academic, professional and personal 
experience, contributed and enriched the discussion. This fact guaranteed integration of 
common interests and identification of the benefits in the existence of different skills to 
execute the work proposed. 

The team was accompanied by two coach teachers (Criscian Danielli and Rodrigo 
Amaral) from the Instituto Federal do Amazonas - IFAM. They had different academic 
training, Forest Engineering and Veterinary Medicine, respectively, but both had 
professional activities in the environmental area, which contributed to coaching. Despite 
the more significant number of Brazilians on the team and all participants were fluent in 
the Portuguese language, students were encouraged to communicate in English since 
this was the official language of the Project. 


Given the challenge, the students started researching the related problems with 
the challenge (Figure 7.1). This research helped the team to formulate questions for data 
collection, as well as to develop appropriate strategic observation. At this early stage, the 
students seemed uncomfortable as the instructions were not clear enough to direct the 
next steps. It was the beginning of the deconstruction of the expectation that they should 
passively wait for the teacher to provide the best direction to be taken. 

Faced with the challenge and guidance on Design Thinking, students focused on 
understanding the problems around the theme and identifying the possible stakeholders 
involved. After listing all stakeholders impacted, they divided the tasks among the team 
members. Each student was responsible for collecting the relevant information through 
active research and interviews with the actors involved. 

During the immersion stage, a visit was made to the target site of the challenge, 
The Tumbira Community, located in the Rio Negro Sustainable Development Reserve, 
where FAS already carries out other activities. The visit was an essential step in 

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immersing the problem and the general context of understanding the Amazonian 
environment, especially for students who are not from the region. 

During the visit, the team communicated with the target audience, understanding 
their needs, knowing the current resources available and the possible difficulties that 
the environment could provide. The meeting with the FAS technical staff was also 
significant to understand the challenge presented and the expectations of the Partner 

In this Immersion phase, the guidance and feedback from the coaches are highly 
relevant to avoid any limitation for the next steps of Design Thinking due to the 
problems faced and stakeholders identified, and, consequently, do not restrict the 
creative and innovative process. 

In the Analysis and Synthesis phase, students presented and defined the criteria 
and parameters that guided and determined limits for developing the innovative 
solution within the scope of the real purpose. Also, they identified the “personas” from 
the target audience defined earlier, based on the needs raised during the Immersion 

At the end of the Immersion phase and the beginning of the Analysis and 
Synthesis phase, the LaPassion - Manaus Project began to suffer the consequences of the 
COVID-19 pandemic. Therefore, students from outside the city of Manaus returned to 
their home cities. Thus, the work dynamics had to be adapted to be carried out remotely. 
This abrupt change initially scared the students, but they quickly adapted to the new 
way of working and the necessary adjustments to develop the project. During the 
pandemic period, the constant contact of the coaches with the team members was 
essential, encouraging them to continue the stages of the project. The contact was by text 
messaging applications or in virtual meetings with the team. 

Fig gure 7.1 - Team 6's members suse the Immersion steps. 



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The authors 

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In this phase of Design Thinking, the team, after analyzing and synthesizing the 
data, carried out the creative technique of brainstorming and initially arrived at the 
definition of three possible solutions: development of a social network, application, a 
game, or a website. Given all the information collected, criteria and parameters defined, 
the team strategically analyzed the ideas generated from a positioning matrix (Table 
7.2). This tool was handy to evaluate the benefits and challenges of each solution since 
the students manifested tendencies of choice between one or the other idea. Therefore, 
using the matrix was possible to evaluate the impacts and the viability of each idea to 
select only one for the prototyping phase. 

Table 7.2- Positioning matrix developed by the Team members 

Beaproductthatis Partial Taam Baas Basedon According 
applied And offline Intuitive pean re : ° Social with ONU Total 
supplied by fas and capability (Spts) ~ acuve snare innovation Sdg's sas 

the Teachers (4pts) 2pts) Seis Bios (5pts) (4pts) 

Ideia /criterion 

Project sharing application 

Educational mobile game 

Source: The authors 

When evaluating the positioning matrix, the team defined that the best innovative 
solution would be a smartphone application that would share sustainable development 
practices among the communities served by FAS. It is noteworthy that this phase was 
developed entirely using online tools. Despite adapting the works to this remote form, 
the students managed to develop the stage productively and enthusiastically with virtual 


For the development of the prototype, Team 6, in partnership with the FAS 
technical staff, collectively defined the applicability and content present in the 
application and its dynamics of use. For this definition process, the coaches' 
participation was significant as a way of stimulating the team's acute sense of the 
product's efficiency for the target audience and guiding them on how and where to look 
for instructions about creating an application with the desired functionality. 

During this phase, the team worked hard on the creation of the prototype. It had 
several meetings with professionals and specialists in the area of application creation. 
Besides, they used online tools and explanatory videos on the topic, which made it 
possible to apply in the construction of the final product. 

During the prototyping process, the team held several meetings with the 
technical staff of the Partner Organization to adjust the functionalities of the prototype 
and demonstrate the evolution of the product. This direct contact with the partner is 
significant for the team to meet the demand and develop a product suited to reality and 

It is noteworthy that this phase was significantly affected by the restrictions of 
the pandemic situation and the direct impacts on the psychological condition of all 
members. On that occasion, the coaches acted strongly in encouraging the team to 

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continue the work, however, without interfering in the team's constructive process, 
maintaining the premises of the methodology used in LaPassion. 


At the end of this journey of the LAPASSION project, Team 6 developed a 
smartphone application called SAPOPEMapp (Figure 7.2), a platform with a simple and 
interactive interface allowing the posting of photos and videos. Using the SAPOPEMapp, 
the students can execute sustainable thematic challenges proposed by teachers or 
educators and upload photos and videos of the results to share and interact with other 
schools in the riverine communities served by FAS. 

The product was delivered only as a prototype. Its functionality has not been 
tested due to the restrictions imposed by the pandemic. There was the suspension of 
classes and the isolation of riverine communities. The product was presented to the 
board and technical staff of FAS, being received with great enthusiasm and a proposal 
for future application in the Organization's activities. 

Figure 7.2 - SAPOPEMapp logo. 

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Connecting people 

by reducing 


Source: The authors 

Likewise, the product was presented at DemoDay (Figure 7.3), a virtual public 
event to present the results of the LAPASSION@Manaus Project, which was attended by 
all students and coaches, as well as representatives of partner organizations and 
educational institutions involved in the Project. 

Figure 7.3 - DemoDay presentation 

ws Presentation Video | Demo Day | LaPassion | Manaus | 2 WETS Presentation Video | Demo Day | LaPassion | Manaus | 2... Oo 


Copiar link 


Simple and interactive Platform for sharing 

interface SS sustainable challenges 
= 2 between communities 

Source: The authors 

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The experience of the participating students throughout the process was always 
challenging and inspiring, considering from the point of view a methodology of an active 
learning process and teamwork with students of different nationalities in favor of a 
common solution. In terms of methodology, it was noted that the use of Design Thinking 
as a LAPASSION approach increased students’ confidence in the search for solutions to 
complex problems, in addition to providing tools that helped to develop different 
support perspectives for various social and academic skills. 

However, it should be noted that the restrictions imposed by the pandemic 
increased the challenge and made the whole process new for both students and the staff 
involved. Thus, it was necessary to intensify the meetings between the coaches and the 
organizing staff to monitor the progress of the project in each team and seek solutions 
for the unforeseen events that arose during the journey. 

Although the experience and social interaction among students, in very 
heterogeneous conditions of personality, academic and cultural background, are an 
important point in the process of training students within the scope of 
LAPASSION@Manaus, the project demonstrated that it was extremely feasible work in a 
hybrid process, starting in face-toface way and then migrating to remote way. It is 
noteworthy that the face-to-face interaction in the first weeks was essential for creating 
links among the members of the group, enabling empathy and companionship during the 
difficulties imposed during the phase developed in a virtual form. 

The experience was challenging and of great learning for coaches, mainly because 
the project uses methodologies that seek the transition from an education based on 
passive teaching methodologies to more active learning based on problems. The 
experience brings to light the possibility of its application on other occasions, whether in 
the form of extension or teaching projects and within courses. From the point of view of 
the methodology, it can be said that Design Thinking challenged both the team and the 
coaches to develop and use knowledge in a playful way, emphasizing behavioral skills 
and promoting the development of creativity and innovation. 

In general, the LAPASSION@Manaus converged with the growing complexity of 
the worklife and the studendts' skills needs, which have increasingly demanded the 
development of broad, deep and innovative human capacities related to thinking, feeling 
and acting. 

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found at The development process of Team 6 and 
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The students’ mindset change 

Emanuelle Lorena Teixeira Chagas’? 

José Pinheiro de Queiroz-Neto”° 

For a long time, professional and technological education has been seen as an 
education aimed only at training qualified labor for work-life. This misconception 
continues even today. It is the result of the dual education that has always been present 
in the Brazilian educational structure: to the elite’s children should be offered a 
propaedeutic, academic education, capable of educating young people to continue their 
studies at a higher level; to the workers' children, it is only up to them to learn technical 
skills that will enable them to do manual work, without the need for reflection about that 

Overcoming this dual school is the biggest challenge imposed on educators who 
defend a unitary and a fair school that does not differentiate between manual and 
intellectual work. It is for a school that manages to educate critical citizens prepared for 
the world of work and, at the same time, manage to develop their cultural, scientific, and 
social dimensions, for which we strive. In other words, the integral human education of 
the students is what we seek to promote when we are faced with initiatives such as 

Therefore, professional and technological education, in addition to preparing 
students for the world of work, should encourage intellectual autonomy and critical 
thinking to make them a question and reflect on the society in which they are inserted 
and to make them aware of their responsibility in the fight for the environment, for 
natural resources, for human rights, against racism, for the defense of diversity and 
fraternity among people 

It is precisely based on this ideology of a school that provides the integral human 
education of the student that the success of LAPASSION@Manaus can be measured. All 
the projects were presented on DemoDay at the end of the project. Because the 
pandemic was carried out online. The project website can be accessed at 
(LAPASSION@Manaus, 2020). There were all phases of the project, participants, links to 
the projects, final activity report, and other materials prepared during the activities’ 

At the end of the project, students voluntarily answered a project evaluation 
questionnaire and participated in online interviews. With these instruments, we 
obtained responses attesting that the project effectively contributed significantly to the 
development of soft skills and professional training, highlighting the expansion of 
intercultural relations, communication in a foreign language, education with a scientific 
bias, socio-affective development, and citizen education of those students. 

19 Universidade Federal do Amazonas -UFAM, Manaus/Brazil. E-mail: 
20 Instituto Federal do Amazonas - IFAM, Manaus/Brasil. E-mail: 

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The research with students consisted of two instruments: a questionnaire with 
closed questions and a semi-structured interview submitted to the Brazilian Ethics 
Committee on Research with Human Beings (CEPSH), CAAE 27384619.2.0000.0006, 
having been approved both for the application of the questionnaires and for semi- 
structured interviews. The group of participants was composed of 12 (twelve) women 
and 8 (eight) men, with ages ranging from 18 to 28 years old, who came from countries 
like Chile, Portugal, and Finland, and other states in Brazil. Graphic 8.1 shows the 
country and the institution of the participants. 

Graphic 8.1. Educational Institutions and Countries of the interviewed participants 

Educational Institutions and Countries of 
the interviewed participants 






Source: The Authors 

The interviewees' diversity was related to their places of origin and their 
undergraduate courses that cover both technological and bachelor's courses and 
degrees in the most diverse areas of knowledge and the participation of a graduate 
student. Below, we present Graph 5.2 detailing the undergraduate and graduate courses 
of the participants: 

Graphic 8.2. Undergraduate and graduate courses of the interviewees 

Undergraduate and graduate courses of the 

* Technology in Advertising Production 

= Bachelor in Mechanical Engineering 
Master in Computer Engineering and Medical 
“ Degree in Biology 
" Degree in Bioresources iN 
" Pedagogy 

* Control and Automation Engineering \\ 
™ Bachelor in Applied Science 
* Bachelor in Innovation, Design and 
_ Engineering. SS 
Technology in Logistics 

" Bachelor of Software Engineering 

Source: The authors. 

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The first instrument consisted of applying a questionnaire to obtain quantitative 
data regarding the interpersonal skills (soft skills) linked to integral human education 
and possibly apprehended by the participants, with closed questions on a scale of 1 to 
10. The result of the questionnaire is shown in Graphic 8.3 and demonstrates the success 
in developing these skills in students. The class average of the evaluations was above 8.4, 
with a maximum score of 9.1. The lowest average grade was obtained in the 
“communication” skill, which was already an excellent grade, considering that there 
were students with different native languages (Portuguese, Spanish and Finnish) and 
that they all needed to communicate in English. Besides, the isolation due to the 
pandemic may have impaired this immersion in communication. 

The “environmental awareness” skill obtained the highest average score, meaning 
that the theme and the student's immersion in the Tumbira Community made a 
considerable difference in the first week of the project, even for the local students. They 
discovered themselves as essential agents in defense of the environment. 

Graphic 8.3 - Average grade attributed to the Soft Skills acquired by the students. 
Average grades / skills 

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Individually, all the respondent students had a perception of improving soft skills, 
as shown in Graphic 8.4. We can see that five students had close to 100% success rate, 
while only three had a perception below 80%. 

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Graphic 8.4 - Self-perception of the soft skills acquired by each student. 

Accumulated grades of skills perceived by students 

2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 16 17 

13 14 15 
= Communication = Colaboration = Leadership = Problem solving 
= Creativity = Entrepreneurship = Solidarity a Flexibility 
= Environmental awareness = Conflict management 

Source: The authors. 

The student with the lowest perception of development, in general, indicated a 
60% achievement. It means that there is still a need for more individual monitoring, 
without loss of student autonomy, to check if he had difficulties in developing the project 
or if he already had a good level of skills and, therefore, had a lesser perception of their 


The semi-structured interviews were conducted to obtain data for a qualitative 
research, that is, with the objective of describing and understanding the phenomenon 
given in its subjective character, from the participants' perspective. Thus, from 13 
(thirteen) questions in the interview script, those that could answer the following 
research question were selected: The activities developed at LAPASSION@Manaus 
contributed effectively to developing soft skills and, therefore, to the integral human 
education of participating students? 

The analysis, systematization, and interpretation of the answers to the interviews 
- which we will call the research corpus, from now on - were carried out through 
Discursive Textual Analysis, a data analysis approach that lies between Content Analysis 
and Discourse 

Analysis, proposed by Moraes and Galiazzi (2016). According to these authors, 
Textual Discursive Analysis (TDA) can be understood as a process of building 
understandings in which understandings "emerge" from an iterative sequence of three 
moments: the deconstruction of texts from the "corpus" (unitarization); the 
establishment of relations between the unitary elements (categorization); and the 
emergent capture in which new understandings are communicated and validated 
(production of metatexts). 

Thus, following the TDA cycle, we first worked on the unitarization of the corpus 
of analysis, namely, interviews with 18 (eighteen) students participating in the project. 
Initially, the interviews were transcribed, and the subjects were renamed following a 

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type of code, such as S1, S2, S3 ... Then, the corpus was delimited in only 5 (five) of the 13 
(thirteen) questions in the scripted interview since we only chose the most relevant 
questions to our main research question. 

Following the delimitation of the corpus, it was deconstructed entirely, focusing 
only on excerpts from the interviews about the possible development of the integral 
human education of the students of LAPASSION@Manaus. With the texts deconstructed, 
the extracts from them were succinctly rewritten. They had complete meanings in 
themselves, thus generating the units of meaning, which were coded so that the context 
in which those lines were spoken was not lost. In Table 8.1, there is an example of how 
two units of meaning were generated: 

Table 8. 1. Table of units of meaning within the TDA approach 


RESEARCH PROBLEM: The activities developed at LAPASSION@ Manaus contributed effectively to the development 
of soft skills and, therefore, to the integral human education of participating students? 

METHODOLOGICAL INSTRUMENT: Interview with the students, highlighting only questions 1, 4, 5, 8, and 10 of the 
interview scripts. 

IDENTIFICATION OF THE SUBJECT OF THE RESEARCH: Female, 28 years old, Brazilian, IFAM, undergraduate student in 
Technology in Advertising Production. 

ANALYSE (Disassembly of texts) MEANING (Rewritten) 
“{...] the difference was just that, internationalization. | 
usually participate in forums, | participate in projects, 
but always with Brazilian people from my city and that interaction wath 
was the difference even [...] | worked during the 10 : 
1- How wasit, for | weeks with people from my group and from other $1.1 people Ter eiitene 
you, to have groups, so people from outside, from my country, and countries ane) clltures. 
participated in from different cultures, it was the best thing. ” 
“{...] talking to people from areas similar to mine or not, Opportunity to work with 
getting to know these people and working with them $1.2 people from different fields of 
actively [...]” knowledge. 

Source: The authors. 

After this process of unitarization, we worked on categorizing units of meaning, 
which took place through the grouping of these units by the proximity of meanings. 
Those categories were created with our main question as a starting point - whether the 
activities developed at LAPASSION@Manaus contributed effectively to the development 
of the participating students. We ended up generating 13 (thirteen) initial categories, 6 
(six) intermediate categories, and 4 (four) final categories, the latter corresponding to 
four critical dimensions’ mindset changing, as shown in Table 8.2. 

The categories in Table 8.2 include essential axes for the promotion of an 
education that prioritizes the development of all the student's potential as an individual 
in society and a professional inserted in the world of work. That is, they encompass the 
cultural, professional, scientific, and social dimensions of the student. 

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Table 8. 2. Table of cate 


generated bya 

of units of meaning 

tes : Intermediate : : 
Initial Categories : Final Categories 
1. Interculturality 
International Academic Mobility (Exchange inkeraatonalwaden, Cultural 
2: Program). F ; 
3 Learning and improvement of foreign 
, language skills. 
Development of a project aimed at solving a 
4. real problem proposed by a partner 
organization or company. 
5 Socio-emotional skills necessary for the Work as an educational Professional 
: world of work nowadays (Soft Skills). principle. Dimension 
Use of an innovative methodology to solve 
6. problems in an empathic and creative way 
(Design Thinking). 
Carrying out intense research for the 
7 development of the project and the creation | Research as a pedagogical 
; of the prototype required by partner principle. Scientific 
organizations and companies. : : 
3. Construction of interdisciplinary scientihemowladae. 
9 Creation of bonds of friendship and a feeling 
; of unity among project participants. Education for life ina 
more fraternal and 
10 Development of feelings of empathy and tolerant society. 
‘ tolerance towards each other. 
11. Knowledge of the Amazonian reality. 
Education for citizenship ; ; ; 
Knowledge of themes and legislation ee Social Dimension 
; aiming at the 
12. related to the environment and 
sustainability. qualification 
of critical and responsible 
Development of a critical awareness that citizens for the 
13 implies changes in thinking or behavior environment that 
° concerning to the Amazon and the surrounds them. 

Source: The authors. 

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It was found that internationalization was a great advantage. The reason is that, 
as it was an international project, LAPASSION@Manaus enabled interculturality, 
academic mobility in the form of an exchange program, and learning and improvement 
of foreign language skills. Regarding interculturality, the interviewees highlighted that 
the project allowed them to live and meet people from different countries and states and 
observe that they have different cultures and worldviews. Consequently, they developed 
feelings of respect and patience to understand cultural habits and customs different 
from their own. With this, prejudices and stereotypes were broken since the coexistence 
between students generated empathy between them, who started to put themselves in 
the other's place to understand cultural differences. Finally, this intercultural exchange 
provided knowledge about different fields such as engineering, design, chemistry, and 
other areas of knowledge such as linguistics, such as the opportunity to perceive lexical 
differences between Portuguese spoken in Brazil and Portuguese from Portugal. 

As for international academic mobility, better known as student exchange, it was 
noted that Brazilian students and IFAM students stand out here. The project was a 
unique opportunity to enable a student exchange, meet people from other countries and 
regions of Brazil, and know their cultural habits without the necessity to leave their city 
or country. On the other hand, Portuguese, Chilean, and Finnish students highlighted the 
experience at LAPASSION@Manaus as an essential experience in a foreign country, not 
only as an exchange program but also as a cultural exchange. 

Concerning the third initial category (learning and improvement of foreign 
language skills), the student's excitement about the opportunity to work, research and 
make presentations in English, which was the official language of the project, was 
notorious. It should be noted that none of the participants were native speakers of 
English, but they all had to use this language to communicate. Thus, this fact 
corroborated the idea that English is Lingua Franca (Jenkins, 2007), as it is the most 
used language in interactions between speakers of different mother tongues. Many 
claimed the improvement of their oral skills and English language proficiency due to the 
project. A student from IFAM pointed out that LAPASSION@Manaus was a unique 
opportunity, as it provided him with the practice of the English language, in the form of 
an immersive program, without even having to leave his city. Chilean students also 
mentioned the Portuguese language as a foreign language that was learned and 
improved during the project. 


In this dimension, it was found that one of the principles of professional and 
technological education was present throughout LAPASSION@Manaus: professional and 
technological education work as an educational principle. This principle occurs when we 
note that LAPASSION@Manaus provided students with a project aimed at solving a real 
problem proposed by a partner organization or company. It promotes the development 
of socio-emotional skills necessary to the world of work nowadays, soft skills, and led to 
the use of an innovative methodology to solve problems in an empathetic and creative 
way, in this case, Design Thinking. 

The interviews revealed that the project was an opportunity to apply, in practice 
and in a professional way, theoretical knowledge built on college and provide an 
awareness of the social responsibility of the professions that those students intend to 
exercise in the future. The students had to develop a prototype to solve a real-life 
problem proposed by organizations and equally authentic organizations. Conversely, 

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LAPASSION@Manaus also provided knowledge about the environment, which students 
intend to use in their future professional practice. 

Concerning the soft skills developed by the students, the most mentioned were: 

Teamwork: taking into account that the participants had to work in teams with 
people of different nationalities, languages, worldviews, and fields of knowledge; the 
leadership ability: not as something imposed, but as an involuntary feeling so that in the 
end, the project works; the ability of a personal organization to meet deadlines; 
emotional control and the ability to concise academic presentations in public; and, 
mainly, the skills of flexibility and resilience, due to the pandemic of COVID-19, which, at 
first, could hinder the work of the teams, but, on the contrary, provided learning and was 
a reason for overcoming the difficulties. 

Concerning design thinking as a methodology to solve real problems, many 
participants reported that they intend to use the method in their future professional 
practice and solve day-to-day problems. Also, a student stated that DT learning enabled 
him to improve his planning and organization skills since the methodology follows well- 
defined steps. 


We discovered that, through LAPASSION@Manaus, students were able to develop 
cognitive skills to make field research, documentary research, data collection, and 
interpretation of theories and legislation to produce social technologies aimed at the 
sustainability of the Amazon. Besides, they had the opportunity to analyze, relate, 
criticize, reflect, reject closed ideas, learn, seek solutions, propose alternatives, etc. 
Finally, it was reported in one of the interviews, that what was researched during the 
project was being transformed into an article for publication, thus, showing that the 
project stimulated the students' scientific education. 

As for the next intermediate category of this dimension - the scientific knowledge 
- which in turn encompasses the initial category “Construction of interdisciplinary 
knowledge,” it was evident that, because the teams were composed of multidisciplinary 
groups, the students reported they had learned propaedeutic and applicable content 
from other areas of knowledge different from theirs, as well as from their area. The most 
cited subjects were forests, trees, soils, chemical substances, technological information 
tools (blogs), basic marketing concepts, and even advanced knowledge in modeling and 


Here, in this last dimension, we group the largest number of units of meaning, 
that is, we gather statements related to an education for life in a more fraternal and 
tolerant society, as well as referring to an education for citizenship aiming at the 
development of critical citizens and responsible for the environment that surrounds 
them, since this kind of discourse was present in most of the speeches of the interviewed 

It is worth mentioning that the project provided favorable moments for the 
development of bonds of friendship and unity and feelings of empathy and respect, 
taking into account, mainly, the visit and the overnight stay in a community of 
sustainable development, which allowed students to get closer to each other outside the 
working laboratory. Also, the students themselves sought to interact at times outside the 
project, contributing significantly to the teams remaining cohesive and united in a single 
purpose: to build a sustainable product for the benefit of Amazon. 

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Nevertheless, the most common speech, and possibly the most impactful among 
the interviewees, was that LAPASSION@Manaus provided them with the “discovery” of 
the Amazon - for those who did not reside in the region - and the “rediscovery” of this 
biome, on the part of those who lived in the northern region of the country, but who did 
not know the reality of the Amazon in depth. Thus, by promoting a visit to the Tumbira 
Community - a riverside community located in the Rio Negro Sustainable Development 
Reserve - the project allowed its participants to get to know the daily life and culture of 
the Amazonian man, as well as to see the way that this man deals sustainably with 
nature. Therefore, most of the students mentioned that this visit "opened" their eyes 
concerning the importance of the Amazon and sustainable actions to conservation its 

Furthermore, it was reported by the interviewees that, having to carry out the 
challenges proposed by the counterparts, focusing on the development of sustainable 
social technologies for the Amazon, they came into contact with intense literature and 
legislation about the environment and sustainability, which provided, also, an improved 
knowledge of the Amazon rainforest and its forms of preservation. 

As a consequence of this intense immersion in Amazonian reality and its issues, it 
was possible to observe the development of a critical conscience on the part of the 
students, which implied changes in thinking and even in behavior about the Amazon and 
the environment. This fact was confirmed by the interviewees’ statements, who 
mentioned the increase in awareness about the importance of the forest for the world 
and not only for the local population. 

It was also highlighted that the sustainable way the residents of Tumbira treated 
the environment was inspiring and influenced students to act in a more respectful way 
towards the forest. By the way, some students who live in Manaus reported that the 
excursion to that community helped them reinforce their Amazonian identity, starting to 
value more their own culture, previously unknown or even disowned by them. Last but 
not least, it was revealed by the interviews that the interaction with Finns, Portuguese, 
Chileans, and colleagues from other Brazilian regions, allowed the change of habits 
related to the environment. 

If before the project, some students were not concerned with the amount of 
plastic bags they used to bring from the supermarket, after seeing colleagues refusing 
such bags in these places, they started to adopt Eco-bags to carry their weekly 
purchases, and, thus, started to adopt more sustainable attitudes on daily life, avoiding 
waste and thinking about the conscious consumption of durable goods. 


Educational practices must involve, in addition to hard skills, relevant aspects for 
the formation of students’ soft skills, necessary to work-life and to a human integral 
formation. Also, learning processes focused on innovation are necessary for an 
increasingly competitive environment, in which Amazonas need to enhance their human 
talents and strengthen the culture and practice of innovation. 

In this context, the LAPASSION@Manaus project presented itself as a means by 
which we could experience, albeit in a self-contained context, a practice in search of 
excellent training. We chose a theme that led students to a critical reflection on 
socioenvironmental technologies, the need for awareness about it, and sustainable 
practices and technologies for their Amazonian reality. 

It was imperative to connect students with traditional forest communities, their 
history and their reality, their traditional knowledge and potential, while at the same 

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time they stayed in an industrialized city (Manaus) with multinational companies and a 
reality totally divergent to the region, what allowed a transformative integral human 

The results of LAPASSION@Manaus exceeded our expectations, not only for 
achieving the objectives of developing soft skills in students but also for providing IFAM 
with the opportunity to experience a project of this magnitude, bringing changes in 
attitudes managers, teachers, and students. Although in a small group, this is a seed that 
will certainly take root in the Campus and spread to involve all the academic community 
with time and new projects. Over time, this can lead to a change in the perspective and 
reality of professional training on Campus, in the methodologies used in the teaching 
and learning process, in breaking the paradigm of the teacher who holds all knowledge, 
in improving the students' autonomy, based on critical thinking and social awareness. 

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