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Itaipu Technological Park (ITP)
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Itaipu has taken development and progress to the border. In 2003, its contribution gained new momentum with the creation of the Itaipu Technological Park (ITP).

The Park brings together projects aimed at technological and scientific development, entrepreneurialism, and job and income generation. It operates at the old barracks that lodged the workers who built the dam. Furthermore, its initiatives are open to the participation of the entire community.

To learn more about the ITP, click here. Below is a description of the main projects.

Business Development Arena

Previously selected micro-companies take their first steps at the Technological Incubator and the Business Condominium. The ITP provides infrastructure and information to enable companies to consolidate themselves in the market.

On its turn, the Entrepreneur Factory offers training and guidance to those who are still in the process of setting up their business.

Digital Insertion

Digital insertion is one of ITP's permanent concerns. In that sense, the ITP operates 34 telecenters that teach computer skills to low-income community residents and micro and small company staff in Brazil and Paraguay.

Human Resources education and training

The ITP supports scientific development by means of research incentive projects. In addition, it houses the State University of Western Paraná (Unioeste) Engineering and Exact Sciences Center campus in Foz do Iguaçu.

Classrooms, research and development labs are attended by approximately 700 students and 50 professors in four undergraduate programs (Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Computer Science and Math).

Young Trail

The Young Trail project is developed in collaboration with the Iguazu International Center Institute (Instituto Pólo Internacional Iguassu) and educates young people who want to join the job market. They attend classes and workshops that train them to work in the tourist industry.

At the end, students are directed to companies where they have the opportunity to experience their new profession. Young Trail participants must be between the ages of 16 and 24 and go to a public high school.

Science Station

Another project developed at the ITP is the Science Station, an interactive science center that seeks to disseminate and foster scientific education among grade and high school students. The center holds courses, exhibits, events and other activities whose main topic is science.

Set up to host nearly 60 students a day, the Science Station has four theme rooms (Math, Physics, Biology and Information Technology) besides a greenhouse and a small medicinal herb garden. In the future, it will even receive a planetarium. The center started working with the students late in 2006.

Company-School Integration Program (CSIP)

The Company-School Integration Program (CSIP) offers internships at companies in the Foz do Iguaçu area to technical high school and college students.

The funds derived from the administration of internship contracts are invested in projects that benefit and develop the local community, such as scientific initiation research, purchase of books and equipment, and support to students and teachers participating in technical events.

At the ITP, the CSIP collaborates with initiatives like the Company Incubator.

Ñandeva

The Ñandeva project fosters new technology research and transfer to develop craftsmanship. With that, it contributes to add value to the local craftsmen's production in the ITP area.

The project started in 2004 when Foz do Iguaçu held intensive workshops that brought together internationally renowned designers and students in the fields related to the topic, besides Brazilian, Argentinean and Paraguayan artisans.

In 2006, project consultants conducted an iconographic survey about the history and culture in the area of the triple border. The material collected was the basis for the creation of characteristic symbols which are now applied to craftwork.

The ITP will also hold the Craftsmanship Culture and Technology Center (CCTC), enabling the application of technological knowledge to the craftwork industry and the adjustment of local craftsmanship to market conditions.

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