Radio Workshops for Children

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To celebrate its 35rd anniversary, ‘l’Altra ràdio’ of Radio 4, together with La Mandarina de Newton and with the support of the Catalan Society of Sci-fi and Fantasy organize during May, a series of activities at the Mandarina Space.


WHAT?

Two workshops for children, during which they will have the opportunity to learn how radio-broadcasting works. These will be a firsthand radio experience that will also let them learn the importance of communicating in and outside the recording studio. Finally, and because these activities are organised together with FantasTIC short stories contest, the kids will also have the opportunity to broadcast a short story written specially for the occasion by the writer Jordi de Manuel.


FOR WHO?

The workshops are aimed for children from 7 years old, interested in discovering how radio works, in learning the best tips and tricks to become a great radio host and to coordinate the team during a live radio-broadcasting…


WHEN?

The two workshops are complementary and each lasts 1h30.

Wednesday, May 13, from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, May 20, from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

The price is 10 euros/kid and includes the two workshops. You can find registration form here. Places are limited!


WHERE?

At the Mandarina Space. Carrer Montseny, 12, Gracia, 08012, Barcelona


A VERY SPECIAL CELEBRATION!

Finally, on May 27, l’Altra Ràdio program will be broadcasted live at the Mandarina Space. This will be also an unique opportunity for some of the workshops attendees, as they will be broadcasting live for the program what they have prepared during the practical sessions.

After the program there will be a little party, open to anyone interested in celebrating with us the 35th anniversary of the l’Altra Ràdio program, the tech and audiovisuals dedicated radio program.


You are all invited to join us!




Culturnautes - CCCB Summer Camps

Apart from our own Summer Camp at the Mandarina Space, we will be also offering another Summer Camp, Culturnautes, together with CCCB. Two different options for your kids, both ‘made by’ La Mandarina de Newton.

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WHAT IS CULTURNAUTES?

A journey through the galaxy of contemporary culture!

A summer camp organized by CCCB and La Mandarina de Newton, in collaboration with the Barcelona City Council and Obra Social ‘la Caixa’.

Tell stories with images, reinvent the city through theater, make an experimental short-film in honor to Alice in Wonderland, build the house where you would like to live and enhance your human skills inspired by the new advances on science and technology.

Explorers will be grouped according to their ages: 6 to 10 years old and 11 to 14 years old.

During the Summer Camp we will be working on the different lines developed at the exhibitions and activities that took place at CCCB throughout 2015. We will explore them through workshops and other recreational activities at different spaces in CCCB.

We will offer a creation lab with a high dosis of experimentation and new formats. Culture with a high content of technology that will help us understand our present.


HOW WILL WE DO IT?

Culturnautes consists of five weeks, five proposals with an independent but complementary content. They are a joint proposal of CCCB and the GR, A Home in Progress Film, La Mandarina de Newton, El globus vermell and Teatro de los Sentidos.

Registrations are for weeks and they are open from April 18 until June 15.

<<Check all info here.>>

'Passió per…' (Passion for…)

A couple of months ago the Fundació Collserola organized a meeting in which professionals from different disciplines and backgrounds shared their passion for their jobs with the high school students from Avenç School. This was also a unique opportunity for the students to share their concerns about their future professional choices and have some of their questions answered by successful professionals.


Within the invited speakers there was Irene Lapuente, who explained students her academic background and the origins of the company she runs, La Mandarina de Newton. She also shared her experience as a student, the decisions she made and how, in her opinion, the doubts and concerns students usually have at the time of taking decisions related to their professional path, are just part of the game!


The invited speakers of this meeting were:
- Jaume Abella (Telecommunication Engineer)
- Mireia Sopena (Degree in Catalan Philology)
- Jaume Betrian (Degree in Administration and Business Managing)
- Irene Lapuente (Degree in Physics)
- Gemma Marfany (Doctor in Biology)
- Xavier Roqué (Degree in Physics and Science Historian)


Here you can watch the video of meeting and listen to the advices and some interesting stories of these professionals.



 

 

Big Bang Data Workshops in Madrid

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After the success of the exhibition at  CCCB (Barcelona), BigBangData is now at  Espacio Fundación Telefónica in Madrid, where it will remain open to de public from March 14th until May 24th.

As it happened in Barcelona, during this period La Mandarina de Newton will be traveling to Madrid  to deliver a series of technological workshops that we specially designed for the exhibition Big Bang Data.

We will be running three different workshops during March and April: “We are the Cyberspace“, “Geolocation!” and “Fingerprints and Satellites“. These are workshops for families with children willing to raise awareness, in a entertaining and dynamic way, about the traces we leave behind as Internet users,  for example the ones known as Big data.


We are the Cyberspace

We live in a highly technological and hyperconnected society. We are ourselves, voluntarily or not, an important source of data.

In this workshop we explore the concept of Data: What is Data? Data are sets of quantitative and qualitative values attributed to certain variables. Do we have Data? Of course we do! From de most numerical data, such as our height, weight or corporal temperature, etc., to the most qualitative ones, such as our favourite color, or the music we love, etc.

Starting from de concept of Data and its relation with the individuals, we will generate sets of information: What is information? Structured, organized and interpreted Data. Is information important? It certainly is! Information can lead us to knowledge. Knowing our environment can help us working with it in our favor.

Dates: March 22nd and April 26th.
Hours: from 10:00 to 12:00.


Geolocation!

Many of us live in cities, but often we don’t give it too much importance and we interact with our urban environment in a quite utilitarian and not so much analytical attitude. This workshop wants to give the opportunity to look at our cities in a new way, as spaces filled with data, information and knowledge. On the other hand, it also explores the concept of geolocation and interpretative framework.

In this workshop we will also briefly explore the concept of Data. What is Data? Data are sets of quantitative and qualitative values attributed to certain variables. Our cities are full of Data: cleanliness and pollution levels, population levels, building typologies, etc.

In order to let the group get to know and explore its surrounding environment, we propose the free walks around the Espacio Fundacion Telefónica, aiming to allow them collect, share and analyze their own Data.

Dates: March 22nd and April 26th.
Hours: from 12:15 to 14:15.


Fingerprints and Satellites

Thanks to the information and communication technologies, local data can be acceded worldwide. We can find behavioral patterns from anywhere in the world and understand the planet as a single entity. In this workshop we will explore concepts such as data crossing.

Dates: March 22nd and April 26th.
Hours: from 15:00 to 17:30h.


More information and registrations here.

'Big Data is for kids too!'

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Last November La Mandarina de Newton was one of the invited companies at the #19 Co-Session 2014: Evidence-Based Business that took place at the at the Disseny Hub BarcelonaA session to get to know and understand the state of the art in predictive analytics and big data, and to discern how we will convert information into real value to customers through creativity. Irene Lapuente shared with the audience our experience with the kids’ workshop we organised in collaboration with CCCB within the framework of the exhibition Big Bang Data

You can read here a sum-up of this session and our contribution: #19 Co-Session 2014

 

 

 

Internet Universe and Big Bang Data

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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.

 

The 'Little Programmers' at the Mandarina Space!

A creative and fun Saturday afternoon with the ‘Little programmers’ (and their families) was what we lived last weekend at the Mandarina Space.

This time we organized a workshop for children who were curious to learn how to program. We used the Scratch programming language, which allowed us to teach them in an easy way.

With this tool each kid created a digital character able to walk, talk and even dance! We had cats, turtles, butterflies…

All together we had fun and the proof is in these photos:

 

At the end of the day we had the feeling of accomplishment: we helped stimulate the creativity and the will for learning of these ‘Little Programmers’ and, of course we can not forget that we allowed them to do it together with their brothers, parents and grandparents.

 

This workshop was meant to be just an introduction to the programming world. A way to encourage the kids to keep creating their own video-games at home, or in the quarterly workshops we offer at the space of the La Mandarina de Newton!

If you want to see all the photos we made during this workshop, you can visit our Facebook page.

If you wish to check the workshops’ program of La Mandarina de Newton, just click here.

The program for the next quarter is coming soon!

We will keep you informed!

Nano Dimension Opens!!

On June 28, at 1.30 p.m., the exhibition Nano Dimension was officially opened at the Catalan Museum of Science and Technology (mNACTEC). Nano Dimension Nano Dimension is a project for the National Nanotechnology Institute (ICN), coordinated by La Mandarina de Newton. This exhibition starts by inviting us to enter into a wonderful dimension, a dimension where a drop of water looks like an ocean, gold could be red, or where clothes do not get dirty… It is a journey through the nano dimension!

There was a brief presentation by Eusebi Casanellas, director of mNACTEC, Jordi Pascual, the former director of ICN, and Boaz Kogon, the director of communication for ICN. Afterwards, Boaz guided us trough the exhibition. Nano Dimension was born in a leading research institute, something to be remarked. Nowadays, there are not so many of these initiatives, in which a research center organizes an exhibition that then is displayed in a science museum. However, the trend to get museums and research closer is growing. The fact that this initiative was created in a research center is by itself extremely positive. It shows that the lead from research centers is something feasible and, thus, it gives us new insights on how to bridge the gap between research, communication and museums.

Nano Dimension is a scientific exhibition where many topics are displayed. Some are basic topics, like a scale of dimensions, and others more complex, like the spin of an electron and its applications. These concepts are explained not only through the use of texts and images, but also through the use of real, interactive objects, boards for reflecting, critical design, fusion with other disciplines, activities and a call for the participation of the visitors.

There are few science exhibitions that care about the public opinion. In general, science reveals its research and hot topics, but there is still fear of how the public can react. There seems to exists a tendency to avoid listening too much to the answers, proposals, suggestions or concerns of the public about non-curricular topics. Nano Dimension has given an opportunity for the visitors to participate by the use of post-its and a dedicated space for opinion.

Moreover, science exhibitions rarely give space for reflexion or present dilemmas. There is a tendency to present everything as ‘absolute truths’. This attitude could make sense when we talk about basic science, accepted for centuries… And I say ‘could’. Indeed, who would have said to Isaac Newton that a renowned scientist would call into question his equations? In that sense, I think Nano Dimension has done a good job incorporating several posters, provided by the NISE network (Nanoscale Informal Science Education), which address different ethico-scientific dilemmas. In my opinion, it is important that we all try to discuss and decide which future we, as a society, want. Science is not something distant from our daily life, neither something to which we can remain indifferent as citizens. Nanotechnology, for instance, has all the features to have a great impact on our society, as it happened with electricity or computers. Thus, we can all claim our space and discuss it, but of course, we first need to be informed about scientific, social, economic aspects, etc.

I would also like to highlight the exhibition area, Future. It seems to me the perfect space to explore the future possibilities spurred by nanotechnology. It is a space where critical design help us to imagine, but also to reflect, on the future of this field.

Finally, I would also highlight the Gallery space. where works done by artists and students of design schools related to the concept of “nano” are shown. More and more often, Science is talking, mingling and creating together with other disciplines. This is a growing trend and it is also reaching museum halls. In my opinion, it is crucial that science ‘invades’ all knowledge fields. As you know, the motto of La Mandarina de Newton is to ‘mix, learn and transform’. Thus, this proposal could not fit better with our philosophy.

This project was co-funded by the Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology (FECYT) from the Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness of the Government of Spain and also supported by Nanoaracat and the Generalitat de Catalunya. We have also collaborated with the Escola Eina, the research group IMARTE from the School of Fine Arts, University of Barcelona, Barcelona Science Park (PCB), and the Nurel and Leitat Technological Center.

We encourage you to visit this exhibition (until September 15, 2013) and send us your comments! We hope you enjoy it!

Photo Credit: Susana Alonso

The explorers and inventors of Tàber School at the Science and Technology Festival

As you know, la Mandarina de Newton offered experimental workshops at Tàber School in Barcelona during the period 2011-2012.

These workshops, named “Explorers and inventors”, have shown science, mathematics and technology as something practical, transdisciplinary and constantly evolving. The activities have been an alternative to the sixth hour, reduced this new school year, and have been promoted by the AMPA of this educational center.

After ten months of ongoing experiments, 1st to 6th grade students have shared part of their new knowledge with the public of the Science and Technology Festival 2012 in Barcelona. During the school year, these workshops were structured in a way that each course focused on a different branch of science (biology, geology, chemistry or physics), technology or maths. Following this plan, 1st grade students surprised us with an experiment about perception, making us taste colored yogurts. 2th grade students told and show us how a vacuum pump works, 3th grade students made cubical soap bubbles, 4th grade students made react hydrogen peroxide and 5th grade students explained us the Newton’s Laws and the centripetal force. Finally, they made a volcano together with sodium bicarbonate and acetic acid.

If you could not come to the Science and Technology Festival, but still want to see the protagonists of these workshops telling you what is the light, how to build a fractal or how a electrical postcard has been build, do not miss the videos that you will find at the noon space on the website of Tàber School.

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Photos: Muriel Botey

Children and science museums. II Symposium on Scientific Museology

The II Symposium on Scientific Museology will take place in CosmoCaixa Barcelona on the 18th and 19th of November. In this edition the focus is children. It is bounded to a very specific age range: children aged from 3 to 7 years old.

This symposium was initiated last year by the Science Museums in la Coruña (mc2), Spain. It was born from the desire to provide both professionals in the science museums and other groups and scholars who are related to this field, a regular forum of discussion and debate.

La Mandarina de Newton S.L. will offer a workshop focused on tactile or Kinesthetic learning entitled “Learning from our hands“.

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