Workshop-itinerary ‘The Cork Motor' - Cork Museum of Palafrugell

This year La Mandarina de Newton began a new collaboration with the Cork Museum of Palafrugell. In order to take a tour through the world of the cork, from craftwork to industrialization, and to get them to understand the impact of technology, La Mandarina de Newton has designed the workshop-itinerary ‘The Cork Motor’.

This technical workshop has been included on the 2014-2015 educational agenda of the museum.

The workshop we proposed focuses on three important aspects: the characteristics of the cork, the requirements of the context and the market, and the influence of energy on the changes.

During the workshop students will work in groups and will have to try to reason as if they were engineers: define and frame problems, understand the characteristics of the different materials and the solutions proposed by different machines, and are encourage to propose ingenious ideas to explore one of the key concepts of industrialization: efficiency.

‘The Cork Motor’ can serve both as an ‘excuse’ to start some curriculum topics, and to complement them. Many of these contents will be explored theoretically within the framework of the subject of Technology.


Throughout the different workshop activities, a series of topics will be explored: different materials and their properties, industrialization (from cork handling to manufacturing), efficiency (energetic, economic, temporal, social, etc.), energy and industrial design.


We hope that all the kids that visit the Cork Museum of Palafrugell this year enjoy ‘The Cork Motor’ workshop and get more excited about the tecno-history of the Cork!

The 'Explorers and Inventors' explain us...

Like every year, just before finishing the school year we asked the ‘Explorers and Inventors’ of Tàber School which experiments they liked the most. Here is what they have explained us:

1st Year

2nd Year

3rd Year

4th Year

5th Year

6th Year

Internet Universe and Big Bang Data

Internet Universe

Internet Universe is a CCCB project that proposes a critical and creative reflection on the set of technologies linked to the Internet and the unprecedented and accelerated change it is producing in human history.

The first set of activities was structured in four training sessions that took place during february, 2014. The programme focused on giving a global view of the internet universe and on how it is affecting our lives, at three different levels of influence: Person, City and Planet.

This project has a dual aim: to progressively construct a global view of the Internet and its effects, and to give tools to educators so that this knowledge and reflections can be transferred to the classroom. In order to facilitate this transfer of knowledge, CCCB created the Internet Universe educational briefcase, designed to work with secondary and high school students.

During the training sessions, La Mandarina de Newton was responsable for one of the workshops: ‘The logic of programming: from everyday life to computing’, within the session ‘Person’ that focused on the Brain: how does using the Internet and new technologies affect the cognitive system? (you can find more info about this workshop here).

La Mandarina de Newton also participated in the creation of one of the educational units of the briefcase. Also entitled ‘The logic of programming’, this unit is aimed to 1st and 2nd grade students and it proposes a set of activities to help understand how computers communicate. Throughout 8 activities the student can explore the world of logic, from the analysis of different languages and codes, to computational thinking.

The Internet Universe briefcase is structured based on five educational units: Constructing the Network, The Logic of Programming, Social Networks and Community Action, The Ecological Impact of the Internet, and Building Knowledge. Each one was designed and built by CCCB together with a group of experts on the different topics. A part of La Mandarina de Newton, other companies and organisations were involved in the process: SobrePantalles, la TreS, Inèdit Innovació, among others.

On September 27, at CCCB, there will be an open session for teachers in which they will be able to explore how the briefcase functions, by putting into practice the units. Like that, the teaching staff can carry out the activities before developing them in the classroom and thus resolve any possible doubts.


Big Bang Data

Also in collaboration with CCCB and in the framework of the exhibition Big Bang Data, this year La Mandarina de Newton designed three new technological workshops: We, in Cyberspace, Geolocation!, and Satellites and fingerprints.

In these workshops we explore in a very entertaining and dynamic way the concepts of data, information, representation, coding, visualisation and data interconnection, all of them topics that are addressed in the exhibition itself.

- We, in Cyberspace. We live in a highly technological and hyperconnected society. We ourselves are a great source of data, either voluntarily or involuntarily.

- Geolocation! This workshop wants to give a new vision of our cities, as spaces filled with data, information and knowledge. It will also explore the concept of geolocation and interpretative framework.

- Satellites and fingerprints. Thanks to information technologies, local data can be acceded worldwide. We can understand the planet as a single entity. In this workshop we will explore data codification and data crossing.

These workshops were designed to be held during the CCCB Summer Camp, Culturnauts, and at the family activities that take place during exhibition period of Big Bang Data.

More info here.


New Workshops' Agenda at the Mandarina Space: 1st quarter 2014/2015


From September 29 (until December 19, 2014), at the Mandarina Space we will start the new quarter full of activities for kids, and adults.

We have some news, including a new schedule of activities!

Now we offer you theme days at our Space: the Tech Tuesdays, the Cinematographic Wednesdays and the Scientific Thursdays!!

Here you can find more details about these activities:

Technologic Tuesdays

17:30-18:30h: BIG PROGRAMMERS!

Programming workshop for children aged 6 to 12 years old. Working in a creative and funny way, we will learn the basic tools needed to build simple video games using the programing language of Scratch.

19:00-20:30h: OUTSMART YOUR WORLD!

Creative programming workshop with Arduino, Raspberry Pi and 3D printer for teenagers and adults (from age 13). If you want that the lights for your dining room light change color when you receive an email or you want to check the temperature of your home when you are out using your phone phone, this is your workshop! We will work with Arduino, Raspberry Pi and programming concepts to create and adapt technology to our needs. And with our new 3D printer you can finally give shape to you ideas!

Cinematographic Wednesdays

17:30-18:30h: MOVIE KIDS!

Audiovisual workshop for children aged 6 to 12 years old. We will learn to create characters, make scripts, scenery design and acting. We will experiment together a cinematographic process that will end with the a Mandarinic Film Show. Watch some of the previous kids projects at our Youtube Channel.

Scientific Thursdays

17:30-18:30h: NEIGHBORHOOD LAB!

Workshop for children aged 6 to 12 years old. Staring from the questions of the participants, we will design and develop little hands-on research projects. We will promote individual observation, group research and reflection and communication. Specially designed for those kids who do not want to stop experimenting!


Quarterly registration for the workshops only. Prices per quarter: 110€/1 day per week and 200€/2 days per week (except for the OUTSMART YOUR WORLD! workshop that is 180€/quarter, material included).
If you bring a friend, you will benefit 5% discount!


During this quarter we will also offer you several single-day workshops! We will keep you informed!

Check out our webpage, our blog or subscribe our Newsletter! We will keep you updated!

If you want to participate or need additional information, do not hesitate to contact us:

Phone - 93 667 37 74

Email -

Or at our Space: Carrer Montseny, 12, 08012, Gracia, Barcelona

Registrations Open!!

Looking forward to hearing from you!!


TalentLab - co-creation of educational resources

For the project ‘TalentLab, Co-creating scientific content with the public’ we have produced several educational resources, all revolved around the participatory workshops that took place during the first two editions of TalentLab (CSIC).

Below is a short description of each of the educative resources produced and which can be used transversely across different disciplines and as a subject summary:



‘The Sex of the Snails’

It poses a practical protocol to study the phenomenon of ‘imposex’ (sex change in snails and other marine organisms), a consequence of the use of tributyltin present in the boats’ paints (as anti-fouling), and to analyze the evolution of snail populations after its ban.

With this educative resource we want to encourage the spirit of enquiry of the students through simple research projects and to establish linkages between the real scientific research and the students’ everyday life.

It is designed specially to work with secondary and high school students.


‘My (meteorological) time’

It poses an interdisciplinary project to study the local climate and vegetation, while stimulating the students’ creativity. It proposes a different way to analyze and represent the data collected, by making use of infographics.

With this educative resource we want to encourage the spirit of enquiry of the students through an activity that requires consistency (data collection), analytical skills and which promotes the interchange of knowledge between different disciplines.

It is designed specially to work with secondary students.



A board game to understand how machines ‘learn’. Inspired by case-based reasoning, the game simulates the performance of a hypothetical research work in which participants ‘learn’ from the experience of previous cases.

With this educative resource we want to introduce the students to the research in the field of artificial resource and to case-based reasoning.

It is designed specially to work with secondary (last year) and high school (first year) students.


‘Living energy’ 

It poses a multidisciplinary research project to study bioenergy (energy sources based on the use of living organisms) topics from different perspectives: scientific, economical, social and artistic perspectives.

It is designed specially to work with high school students.


‘Reconstructing the Past’ 

It proposes to recreate the first craft techniques in the classroom, in order to learn through experimentation how the production of ceramics emerged during the Neolithic.

With this educative resource we want to encourage experimentation within students as a way to study the cultures of the past. We also intend to establish links between archaeological research and the daily life of the students and to promote local institutions where they can find Neolithic objects.

It is designed specially to work with secondary and high school students.


‘Trip to Mars’ 

It is a videogame that simulates a space mission and with which we can explore concepts of physics, chemistry or biology, and better understand how is the daily life of an astronaut in Space.

In this video game topics from different disciplines are explored, which makes possible for the students to apply what they learn in the classroom to a specific problem, in an attractive and unusual way.

It is designed specially to work with high school students.


‘Fishing: Then and Now’ 

It proposes to explore how fishing has evolved. It proposes five topics related with the past and the present of this activity and which should be explored in group. At the end, students are asked to present their results in a short video.

With this educative resource we intend make the students aware of how fishing has changed during the last fifty years. At the same time, we want to promote their research spirit and encourage them to make use of different types of sources during their research projects.

It is designed specially to work with secondary and high school students.

'Learning with your hands'

On 14, 15 and 16 February, at the Planetarium of Castellón, it took place the XII Conference on Earth Science

During three days, scientists, teachers and general public were able to attend a series of lectures and workshops focused on the geology and some of its branches, such as paleontology, mineralogy, etc..

Saturday afternoon was devoted to different workshops, including the ‘Learning with your hands’, by Irene Lapuente  from La Mandarina de Newton

In this workshop we wanted to raise awareness and explore new learning formats that teachers can put into practice in their classrooms. During the workshop participants were able to experience on first hand that methodologies such as some of the ones developed in the framework of Design Thinking and kinesthetic learning can be very attractive alternatives to explore science, technology or math concepts.

You can see some photos of the workshop at our Flickr account.

Here you have the presentation of this workshop:

'Internet Universe'

Internet Universe‘, organized by CCCBLab during February, was a project whose main objective is to offer critical and creative reflection on the set of technologies linked to the Internet, which is causing a transformation that is unprecedented in human history.

It aimed to offer a global view of the phenomenon, an understanding of the new system that is emerging in order to offer tools to the teachers of children who were born digital natives. A program for teachers that was organized in four training sessions (Introduction, Person, City and Planet) focused on understanding this tool and becoming aware that we can also make good use of it and transfer it to the classroom.

Te program combined theoretical presentations with practical workshops.

The sessions took place at the Espai Mirador of CCCB, last February from the 5th to the 14th.

Irene Lapuente (La Mandarina de Newton) hold the workshop ‘The logic of programming: from everyday life to computing’, within the session ‘Person’ that focused on the Brain: how does using the Internet and new technologies affect the cognitive system?

The point of origin of good programming is to define what the problem is to be resolved, and from there, to decompose the process in order to get to it and construct all the modules necessary to make it possible. How can we apply this logic to everyday life? And to the planning of academic work in order to obtain better results? How is it applied to computing? During this workshop we worked on some concepts typical of Computational Thinking. We went on a journey from codes and natural and formal languages to the implications of the concepts of distributed and decentralised computing typical of the Internet. We explored skills linked to computing that are developed mainly during the problem-solving phase such as: decomposing/modularising, recognition of patterns, abstraction and algorithms. We talked, too, about the phenomenon of problem discovery.

Here you can watch the video of the workshop:

And here is June...

… which means summer vacations are just around the corner! And we know that the ‘Explorers and Inventors’ are really looking forward to it! They deserve it!

And this also means that we are closing one more year of workshops, the third at the Tàber School and the first at Costa i Llobera School. One more year of experimenting science, technology and maths in a fun and creative way… because boredom does not make part of our program!

Last weekend, the Tàber School celebrated its open day party, the FesTàber. A day in which the school opens to the entire community and during which kids and grownups enjoy together workshops, sports activities, exhibitions…

And of course, we were also there! We were showing some of the experiments we did this year with the 2nd grade ‘Explorers and Inventors’. We experimented with the different states of matter, from solid to liquid, without forgetting gas and plasma! We had a really great time!!

We leave you with some of the videos we recorded last years with the little scientists of Tàber School. Here, they explain us which experiments they liked the most!

On our Youtube channel you can watch all of them!

Soon we will be publishing this year’s videos!

Science Tours in Barcelona


‘Science Stories of Gracia’ 

On this tour we will get to know a different Gracia neighborhood, we will look at it from a scientific, medical and technological perspective. We will discover the science of a neighborhood that has been changing in parallel with the space itself. So, as we learn about the scientists of Gracia, we will get to know more about the history of the neighborhood itself and the history of science.

The itinerary will begin with an introduction to the history of Barcelona and Gracia, an introduction to the history of science, medicine and technology at the Plaza de la Villa.

The advent of steam engines, a chemist who suffered in exile and prison, a swiss watchmaker settled in Gracia, the doctor who wrote the first spanish abortion law…

… these and other curious, extraordinary and everyday life stories will make this route an interesting activity for adults and kids.


These are some of the highlights of the tour:

  • Clock Tower of Gracia
  • Vapor Nou – Workers’ houses – Vapor Vell
  • Ramón y Cajal Street
  • Can Pardal – ‘The Watch Factory’
  • Enric Moles’s House
  • Josep Comas i Solà’s Observatory House
  • Félix Martí Ibáñez’s Office


We will organize two days of tour:

Tour Day 1

When: Saturday, June 7

Time: 10h00 to 12h30

To whom: Adults

Price / day / person: 12 euros


Tour Day 2

When: Saturday, June 28

Time: 10h00 to 12h30

To whom: Families

Price / day / person: 12 euros


Meeting Point: Espai Mandarina, Calle Montseny, 12, 08012, Gracia



Reserve Tour Day 1 (adults, June 7)

Reserve Tour Day 2 (families, June 28)


More information:


* Activity in collaboration with Miquel Carandell Baruzzi (Centre d’Història de la CiènciaUniversitat Autònoma de Barcelona)

Festàber, let’s make science!

Each year the Tàber School celebrates Festàber, the Party of the School! A day in which school opens to the entire community and during which kids and grownups enjoy together of workshops, sports activities, exhibitions… parents, teachers, facilitators and especially the kids, all will have a great time on this open-day! This year we will be celebrating it on Saturday, May 31!

Festàber is an event organized by the parents of the students from the second grade, with the help of School AMPA. And this year the chosen topic was… Science!!

La Mandarina de Newton will be also participating of this great party! We will be doing experiments related the states of matter and its transformations!

As you know, over the last 3 years we have been working with the Tàber School and organizing the scientific workshops ‘Explorers and Inventors’.

We experiment Science with the kids of the 2nd to the 6th grades. In this event we will be experimenting with the 2nd grade students. They are already preparing the experimentsto present on Saturday. We will be in four tables, each representing a different state of matter: Solid, Liquid, Gas and Plasma.

It will be a lot of fun!!

We leave you with a cute video (made by FrameZero and Jordi Surroca) in which the little scientists answer some interesting questions. Listen to what they say!

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