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:

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‘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.

 

‘ArgumentaTIC’

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.

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‘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!

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!

CULTURENAUTS. CCCB Summer Camp

A proposal in collaboration with La Mandarina de Newton

WHAT IS CULTURENAUTS? 

A journey through the contemporary culture galaxy!

Explorers will be grouped according to their ages: 6 to 12 years old and 13 to 16 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 2014. 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?

Culturnauts consists of five weeks, five proposals with an independent but complementary content. They are a joint proposal of CCCB and the collective A Home in Progress Film, linked to the world of animation, and La Mandarina de Newton, which develops science outreach projects. Registrations are for weeks.

SUMMER CAMP CALENDAR 

Week 1: June 30 to July 4, 2014

We in cyberspace.

Week 2: 7 to July 11, 2014

Cabinet of Animated Curiosities.

Week 3: 14 to 18 July, 2014

Geolocation!

Week 4: 21 to 25 July 2014

Soon more info!

Week 5: July 28 to August 1, 2014

Satellites and fingerprints.

 

Check all info here.

Come and spend the month of July at our exploration base camp at CCCB!

 

REGISTRATION OPEN UNTIL JUNE 13

An activity by CCCB and Pere Tarrés Foundation in collaboration with the Barcelona City Council.

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

Summer Camps: June 30 - July 11

 

Summer is coming and so are holidays!

 

This year La Mandarina de Newton once again will offer to your children, the opportunity to begin their holidays in a different and fun way.

We offer them two weeks full of engaging educational and leisure activities: science, technology, audiovisuals, programming, excursions, swimming, circus… And much, much more! Fun, experimentation, creativity, games… They will have a great time and they will re-discover their environment!

To ensure that your kids make the most of these two weeks, the activities will be conducted with a small group of 10 to 12 children. Moreover, we will have a team of qualified and experienced instructors and professionals for each scope.

 

Information:
When: Monday to Friday, from June 30 to July 11
Time: from 10:00h to 17:00h
For Whom: Children starting from 7 y.o.
Price/kid: 400 €  / 2 weeks     or    220 € / 1 week

 

Here you can check the program (later on, we will give more details about the excursions) for these two weeks:

 

Important notes:

  1. The contents and topics of activities, workshops and excursions will NOT be repeated during the 2-week period.
  2. The price includes all activities and institutions entries (parks, swimming-pool, etc..) In the price do not include meals. We suggest that they bring their own food.
  3. Registration will not be considered effective until payment of at least half ofthe registration fee. We offer a flexible payment schedule. Talk to us!
  4. Registration is on a first come, first serve basis, until the places are filled.

 

Do not miss it!

Sign up now!

 

Do you have any question?
Do not hesitate to contact us:
Phone – 93 667 37 74
E-Mail – espai@lamandarinadenewton.com
Or at our space (Calle Montseny, 12, 08012, Gracia, Barcelona)

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