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.>>

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.

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.

 

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!

Family Workshops BIG BANG DATA

As part of the exhibition Big Bang Data, organized by CCCB and Telefónica Foundation, and within the CCCB Summer Camp Culturenauts, La Mandarina de Newton will be  running three technological workshops.

In these workshops we will explore in a very entertaining and dynamic way the concepts of data, information, representation, coding, visualization 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. Dates: June 1 and September 28

- 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. Dates: 8 June and 5 October

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. Dates: June 15 and October 19.

Practical information

There are 3 workshops with a total of 6 sessions.

When: 1, 8 and 15 June / / / September 28 / / / 5 and 19 October

Time: from 11h to 13h

Age: From 6 years old.

Price: 6 € / Free for Amics del CCCB.

Pre-registration required at the CCCB desk, places are limited.

Information at taquilles@cccb.org or by phone at 933 064 100.

More information here.

Scratch Day in Barcelona - Vailets HackLab Day

Each year the Scratch community celebrates worldwide the Scratch Day. Next Saturday, May 17, more than 15 events will be organized in more than 50 countries around the globe.

Barcelona will be joining this technology party with the Scratch Day organized by the Vailets HackLab Day together with the Barcelona City Council. On this day, the headquarters of Ateneu de Fabricació Digital de les Corts will offer several activities and workshops for kids and adults. This will be a great opportunity to come together, meet each other, share projects and experiences, and learn more about Scratch.

And this year La Mandarina de Newton collaborates with the organization of this cool technological event.

During this Scratch Day / Vailets HackLab Day there will be many activities for the kids, starting from 3 years-old:

  • Scratch programming workshops for different levels 
  • Activities focused on electronics 
  • Robotics
  • Prototyping…
  • … and much, much more!!

There will also be reserved spaces and activities for parents and teachers in order for them to have the opportunity to see experience on first hand the potential of these topics for the educational world.

You can register at the website of Vailets HackLab.

You can’t miss it!!

Open day at the workshop "Explorers and Inventors" at the Costa i Llobera School

Last Tuesday, April 22, right after returning from Easter holidays, children and parents came to the school. We prepared an exhibition for the occasion, with a compilation of experiments from the science workshop ‘Explorers and Inventors’ at the Costa Llobera School, designed by La Mandarina de Newton.

The kids collaborated by showing some of their science projects and they also decorated the lab and wrote a suitable title for all the experiments. They worked really hard!

We separated the experiments according to the different levels of primary school:

- There was a table with the experiments of the 2nd and 3rd graders, with whom we have worked the senses and life. There were some cups with some fragrances, a phone, 3D glasses and several spinach chromatographies.

- With the 3rd and 4th graders the main topics we explore were related with Earth (gases, liquids, rocks and minerals). There were graphics with temperature data, humidity data and atmospheric pressure, which children had measured during a certain period of time at the school’s weather station. The kids also made a rain gauge and the exhibition included an explanation of how to make a barometer, a vacuum chamber and an experiment to show the relationship between the volume of liquids and their shape according to the container.

- The students from the 5th and 6th grades have worked on energy and electromagnetism. There were elements to make a homopolar motor, a computer that offered the possibility of programming with Scratch, a sample of onion epithelium and a germinated chickpea.

You can see all the photos we have made during the open day at the SharingKnowledge Facebook page. And here you can watch a video with some of the experiments we made with each grade.

 

Have fun and enjoy science!

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Neus Pavon. Workshop facilitator of La Mandarina de Newton

La Mandarina de Newton at the 50th ‘Festival de la Infància’

During this Christmas break, La Mandarina de Newton was at the 50th ‘Festival de la Infància‘, in Barcelona.

It was a full week of fun for the kids that had the opportunity to come: sports activities, games, music concerts, bike tours…. and, of course, science workshops! 

This edition of the Festival took place at the Fira de BarcelonaMontjuïc. From December 27, 2013 to January 4, 2014, over 96,000 visitors (children and adults) participated in more than one hundred activities organized to promote values such as citizenship, culture, healthy eating and respect for animals and the environment. More than 43,000 square meters of entertainment!

This year we took part in this huge Christmas event. We were responsible for the ‘Think Blue Workshops’, a collaboration with BritishSummer and Volkswagen. During these workshops the kids were able to learn more about electric and thermal motors and Environment.

Here you can check some photos we took during the Festival!

Mobile World Centre: Smart-TIC, Technologic Activity for Families

On Saturday, December 14, we held an interactive and participative workshop, Smart-TIC, at the Mobile World Centre, in Barcelona.

 

 

It was a workshop for families with which we proposed a tech travel that began with the exploration of some amazing electrical phenomena, and ended with the creation of an animation using the intuitive programming language Scratch.

All together we were able to understand that our smartphones are actually real computers. Machines that use electricity to generate a language with which we can build new worlds!

Looking around the world

 

 

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