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)

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!

‘Movie Kids and the extinction of the Dinosaurs!’

This winter holidays we have also organized a one-day audiovisual workshop for kids.

During two hours the kids had the opportunity to experience at first hand all the filmmaking process: from ideation, scripts, recording, to editing. 

The first thing was to decide the topic of the video! Together we agreed that the dinosaurs were going to be the protagonists of that afternoon! Then, they started defining the script and storyboard of their short movie. In order to comunicate how dinosaurs became extinct, they needed to build their film sets! They draw the moment the meteor impacted Earth millions of years ago and they built a little forest with dinosaurs and a… volcano!

They also had the chance to be reporters, actors and also camera operators!! Many roles for just one afternoon!

And a lot of fun and creativity!!

Here is the final result:

 

Did you miss it? Don’t worry!

Your kids will have more opportunities to join our filmmaking sessions! We will continue organizing one-day workshops, and we also have the quarter ‘Movie Kids’ workshops! This second quarter they will take place every wednesdays, from 17h30 to 18h30!

Don’t miss it!

Club Conectoma: Give life to your Story!

Would you like to give life to your favorite book characters? With the programming workshop of La Mandarina de Newton at the La Central del Raval, you can do it!

For a whole week (18 to 23 of November), the crypt of the bookstore La Central del Raval (Barcelona) will be transformed into a space dedicated to children’s literature, with innovative and surprising activities. Within the Club Conectoma Agenda of that week, we will offer a Scratch workshop designed to give life to those books that fascinated you most. You will be able to give voice to the characters, re-create your favorite environments, re-create the key moments of your favorite stories…

Besides, that Saturday will be the closing day of the Club Conectoma Activities and all the works produced during that week will be presented during the performance of the winner group of the music contest..

What will you need?

La Central will provide all the necessary materials, but if you prefer, you can bring your own laptop.

And the Story?

The story that you will animate will be chosen by you. But in case you run out of ideas, don’t worry, La Central has a wide range of possibilities to inspire you… You will be surrounded by books!

When and Where?

Saturday, 23th of November, from 11h to 13h, at the La Central del Raval.

How to register?

If you have between 13 and 17 years old, you can register by sending an e-mail to clubconectoma@lacentral.com.

Remember that places are limited, so register now to make sure you don’t miss this opportunity!!

Full Program, here.

 

See you there!!

 

La Mandarina de Newton at the British Summer Camps

This summer, La Mandarina de Newton begun a new project with British Summer. During July we have traveled through Spain with the luggage full of enthusiasm and eager to share with the children the workshops we had prepared on energy, motors and sustainability. The destination? The Max Camps of British Summer. We were in San Hilari Sacalm, La Molina, Sant Andreu Salou (Catalonia) and San Juan de la Arena (Asturias). The goal? Encourage creativity, critical thinking, participation and teamwork, while teaching concepts about science, technology and environment, in English.

The Max Camps are English summer camps for children aged between 7 to 17 years old (French and German are optional). The camps take place in several places throughout Spain (Catalonia, Balearic Islands and Asturias) during the summer period. These are educational camps that offer a wide variety of challenging and educational indoor and outdoor activities: basketball, football, arts (dance, music, theater…), sailing, horseback riding, surfing, tennis, paddle, science, English classes…

As part of this year program, the organization team of the Max Camps have included a new set of activities, the Think Blue Workshops, an initiative of Volkswagen. We were responsible for designing and delivering two of the workshops: Science and Motors and Sustainability and Environment. We have designed them to allow participants to learn more about topics such as electromagnetism, electric motors, mechanical concepts, energy conversion, environment, energy consumption or the 3Rs (reduce, reuse and recycle).

In the workshops Science and Motors, we have explored and experienced at first hand energy conversions, electromagnetism, electric and thermal motors… How does an engine work? How is energy transformed inside a motor? What are the differences between an electric motor and a combustion engine? In these sessions we explore the science behind the motors, in an attractive and fun way. We discover that our bodies are actually very good electrical conductors. With a radio and speakers with a broken cable, we would think it would be impossible to listen to music, right? Well… not exactly: our bodies can be the solution we were looking for! We switch the brushes for magnets and paint with chinese ink. We find that with just an AA battery, a magnet, a nail and a wire, we can build our own electric motor. We understand the properties of fuel and the characteristics of fascinating materials such as the ferrofluids (used to reduce friction in engines). And we even disassemble a real combustion motor!

The Sustainability and Environment workshop, was designed in two parts. In the first, we explore the concept of Energy: types of Energy (Chemical, Kinetic, Mechanical), renewable and non renewable energy sources, energy consumption… Then, playing an Eco-Quiz we reflect and debate facts and curiosities related to energy consumption, energy efficiency, alternative energies, waste production and recycling. The second part of the workshop is the perfect opportunity for the kids to give wings to their imagination and creativity. From everyday waste (newspapers, bottles, cans, plastic containers, paper, cardboard…) the teams have to build an object.

 

The only restriction they have is the available material, the rest, pure creativity. In each single workshop we gave, we were surprised with the kids’ projects: they have built cars, robots, rockets, flower plots, haunted castles; we had a prototype of a bottle cooler and of a wind turbine, we had bags and purses, a paella with its eggs and potatoes, and even a mini-city! The proof that recycling and finding a new meaning for the waste we generate, can actually be fun and creative!

  

These were three intense weeks, but, with no doubt, also very rewarding. We hope that the participants have enjoyed as much as we had and that when they return home after these fun holidays, they will share with their family and friends what they have learned in these workshops.

You can check all the photos in our Facebook page.

New Workshops' Agenda at the Mandarina Space: 1st quarter 2013/2014

From September 30 (until December 20, 2013), at the Mandarina Space we will start a new quarter full of activities for kids and adults.

The offer is varied and we have some news!! Science experiments, programming, digital stories for iPad, audiovisuals, wordpress, selfpublishing…

Here you can find the poster and also the details of the program (you can also check the full program here):

Workshops for children

Mondays

17:15-18:15h: Explorers!

Workshops for children aged 5 to 8 years old. We will explore concepts of Biology, Geology and Design, in a creative, active and transdisciplinary way. We will promote individual observation, research and reflections in group and open communication.

18:30-19:30h: Inventors!

Workshops for children aged 9 to 12 years old. We will explore concepts of Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics and Design, in a creative, active and transdisciplinary way. We will promote individual observation, research and reflections in group and open communication.

Tuesdays

17:15-18:15h: Little programmers!

Workshop for children aged 5 to 8 years old curious to learn how to program their own computer games, in a fun and creative way. We will learn the basic tools needed to build simple video games, using the programing language of Scratch, developed by MIT. Workshop in collaboration with ScratchCatalà.

de 18:30-19:30h: Big programmers!

Workshop for children aged 9 to 12 years old curious to learn how to program their own computer games using the programing language of Scratch. We will learn the basic tools needed to build simple video games. We will do it in funny and creative way. Workshop in collaboration with ScratchCatalà.

Wednesdays

17:15-18:15h: Movie kids!

Audiovisual workshops for children aged 6 to 10 years old. We will learn to create characters, make scripts, scenery design and acting. We will experiment together a process that will end with the 1st Mandarinic Film Show. Workshop performed in collaboration with Mirall Màgic.

Thursdays

17:15-18:15h: Digital Stories

Workshop of digital storytelling for children aged 6 to 10 years. We will learn to adapt classic tales, understand the personality of several characters and even to create new scenes. All this stuff will be included in a new storybook for iPad. Workshop performed in collaboration with la Tortuga Casiopea.

Quarterly registration for the workshops only. Prices per quarter: 110€/1 day per week and 200€/2 days per week.

Workshops for adults

Mondays

20:00-21:00h: Communicate on the Web!

WordPress course for those who want to create a personal or professional blog, website or magazine. Workshop in collaboration with Tejiendo Redes, Pau Domínguez, Fontanera Digital.

Wednesdays

18:30-19:30h: Your Video Reports!

In this workshop we will learn how to get the most out of our smartphones or cameras when it comes to creating videos. We will delve into the fundamentals of visual language and the process of making a video report or documentary. Workshop in collaboration with Estudi M, Josep Maria Marimon.

Thursdays

10:00-11:00h or 18:30-19:30h: Selfpublishing

Do you have a story to tell? Your life is worth a novel? Do you want everyone to know the poet in you? If manuscripts accumulate in your drawer and do not know how to access the publishing world, this is your workshop. Workshop in collaboration with la Tortuga Cassiopea.

Quarterly registration for the workshops only. Price per quarter: 110€.

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

 

We hope you like our new agenda!

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

Phone – 93 667 37 74

Email – espai@lamandarinadenewton.com

Or come to our space: Carrer Montseny, 12, 08012, Gracia, Barcelona

Registrations Open!!

Looking forward to hearing from you!!

 

The ‘scratchers world’

‘Learning to code, coding to learn’ - Mitchel Resnick

As you know, at La Mandarina de Newton we dedicate part of our workshops offer to the kids interested in learning how to program in Scratch. We offer quarterly workshops, ‘Little Programmers’ and ‘Big Programmers’, but also single-day activities throughout the year.

During the next quarter we will keep ‘scratching’ at the Mandarina Space! Soon, we will announce the program and open the registrations!

Meanwhile, we take the opportunity to explain you a little bit more about the ‘scratchers world’.

Scratch is a tool designed to introduce young people to the world of programming in an easy and intuitive way. It was developed by ‘The Lifelong Kindergarten Group’ at the Media Lab, MIT, by a team led by Mitchel Resnick, and the first version was released in the summer of 2007. Since then, the members’ community have been growing and to date more than 1.5 million of people have registered on the website and more than 3 million projects were shared online.

In May, the MIT team released a new version of the program, Scratch 2.0. One of the big news is that the user can now create and edit their projects directly in the browser, without the need to install the software. Another interesting option is the ability to interact directly with the project through the webcam that detects the movement of our body, or the microphone that detects the sound. The 2.0 has also further increased the sense of community. Now, users can have their own profile page in which they can save and access their projects, share their work and doubts with the scratchers, or leave comments. There are also important news in the Drawing Editor Tool, which now includes vector graphics that allows unlimited rescale of the objects created. Take a look at the video presentation of this new version.

 

Many say that today’s children are the generation of ‘digital natives’. But to what extent? It is true that they have this innate ability to interact with new technologies. They browse, chat, play… but actually most of them do not use this technology to create or express their own ideas. As Mitchel Resnick says, they can ‘read but not write’. We suggest you to watch an interesting TEDx Talk he gave, in which he explains his view on the importance of code and computer literacy in Education.

Scratch allows kids to easily create their own interactive stories, animations, games, music and art. But Scratch is much more than just a programming tool. As they create and share their projects, children learn important mathematical and computational concepts, but also learn to creatively think and express their ideas, to reason systematically, and to work collaboratively.

For the catalan speakers, we would also like to present you the SratchCatalà project. This is an initiative created in 2008 by Eugeni Catalán, a real fan of this programming language, with the aim of support the catalan scratchers community. From its website you can download the catalan version of the software, watch tutorials, browse other Scratch projects or keep updated on the latest news.

 

So… excited to start programming with your kids?

At our Facebook page you can find all the photos of the Scratch workshops we have organized at ourSpace!

Two years Exploring and Inventing at the Tàber School!

As you know, La Mandarina de Newton organizes, at the Tàber School (Barcelona), ‘Explorers and Inventors’ workshops, as an alternative to the sixth hour that has been reduced from the scholar year. These are workshops where kids, from 1st to 6th grade, explore concepts of Science, Technology and Math, in a creative, active and transdisciplinary way.

It has been two years now that we have been teaching students how fun it can be to learn about such concepts, which at first can seem complicated or boring. And, with no exception, this year we have been experimenting on a myriad of topics!

With the 1st grade kids, we began to explore the world of senses (sight, taste, smell, touch, hearing) and how the different animals perceive their environment. Then, we continued with other curiosities of the animal world and we are now exploring plants.

With the kids from the 2nd grade , we have been investigating on the three physical states of matter: gases, liquids and solids. A ‘trip’ through the Atmosphere, Oceans and Rocks of our Planet.

With the 3rd grade students, we took the challenge to prove them that learning about Math can actually be fun. Mathematics and magic, origamis, impossible figures, fractals, chinese shadows… because Math is not just numbers!

With the 4th grade kids, we have been exploring the curious world of Chemistry. We may not be aware, but there is ‘chemistry’ in every corner of our homes. From the DNA of the vegetables we eat, to lemon inks, diapers super-absorbent polymers, perfumes or toothpaste…

And from Chemistry, to Physics. With the 5th grade students, we explored motion, energy, Newton’s or Einstein’s laws. And now, we are ending the quarter learning a little more about Astronomy: our Planet, the Solar System, the stars, the Universe…

For the 6th grade kids, this year has been dedicated to technology. From electromagnetism, electrical circuits, motors, to the digital technologies: the world of pixels, computer viruses and programming. We ‘consume’ and use technology in many of our daily activities, but do we actually ‘understand’ this technology?

To celebrate the end of this scholar year, and with it, the end of the 2nd edition of the ‘Explorers and Inventors’ workshops, during June we will organize four days dedicated to the experiments that have motivated more the students. The kids will have the opportunity to repeat their favorite experiments, but also to be the protagonists of a short video where they will explain us this year experience as little scientists.

These will be for sure, four days full of fun and surprises!

We will keep you posted!

Summer Camps: July 1 - 12

 

Summer is coming and so are holidays!

 

This year La Mandarina de Newton 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, digital storytelling, cookie workshops, city excursions, swimming… 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 July 1 to July 12
Schedule: from 10:00h to 17:00h
For Whom: Children starting from 7 y.o.
Price: 350 € / child / 2 weeks     or    200 € / child / 1 week

 

Here you can check the program for these two weeks:

 

Important notes:

  1. The price includes all activities and institutions entries (museums, parks, swimming-pool, etc..) In the price do not include meals. We suggest that they bring their own food.
  2. Registration will not be considered effective until payment of at least half ofthe registration fee. We offer a flexible payment schedule. Talk to us!
  3. 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)

New Workshops' agenda at the Mandarina Space

On April (April 8 to June 21, 2013), at the Mandarina Space we will start a new quarter full of activities for kids and adults. The offer is varied and we have some news for this quarter! Science experiments, audiovisuals, programming, design of online platforms, book publishing… and much more!

Here you can find the poster and also the details of the program (you can also check the full program here in pdf format):

Workshops for children

Mondays

17:15-18:15h: Explorers!

Workshops for children aged 5 to 8 years old. We will explore concepts of Biology, Geology and Design, in a creative, active and transdisciplinary way. We will promote individual observation, research and reflections in group and open communication.

18:30-19:30h: Inventors!

Workshops for children aged 9 to 12 years old. We will explore concepts of Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics and Design, in a creative, active and transdisciplinary way. We will promote individual observation, research and reflections in group and open communication.

Tuesdays

17:15-18:15h: Movie kids!

Audiovisual workshops for children aged 6 to 10 years old. We will learn to create characters, make scripts, scenery design and acting. We will experiment together a process that will end with the 1st Mandarinic Film Show. Workshop performed in collaboration with Mirall Màgic.

Wednesdays

17:15-18:15h: Little programmers!

Workshop for children aged 5 to 8 years old curious to learn how to program their own computer games, in a fun and creative way. We will learn the basic tools needed to build simple video games, using the programing language of Scratch, developed by MIT. Workshop in collaboration with Joana Moll.

de 18:30-19:30h: Big programmers!

Workshop for children aged 9 to 12 years old curious to learn how to program their own computer games using the programing language of Scratch. We will learn the basic tools needed to build simple video games. We will do it in funny and creative way. Workshop in collaboration with Joana Moll.

Thursdays

17:15-18:15h: Digital Stories

Workshop of digital storytelling for children aged 6 to 10 years. We will learn to adapt classic tales, understand the personality of several characters and even to create new scenes. All this stuff will be included in a new storybook for iPad. Workshop performed in collaboration with la Tortuga Cassiopea.

Quarterly registration for the workshop only. Prices per quarter: 110€/1 day per week and 200€/2 days per week.

Workshops for adults

Tuesdays

18:30-20:00h: From the mobile to the Youtube: Make a documentary with your smartphone!

In this workshop we will learn how to get the most out of our smartphones to create videos that can become real documentaries. We will delve into the fundamentals of audiovisual language and the process of making a documentary. The workshop will be mainly practical and we recommend to bring your own smartphone (iOS or Android). Workshop in collaboration with Albert Folk.

Quarterly registration for the workshop only. Price per quarter: 125€

Thursdays

10:00-11:00h or 18:30-19:30h: Selfpublishing

Do you have a story to tell? Your life is worth a novel? Do you want everyone to know the poet in you? If manuscripts accumulate in your drawer and do not know how to access the publishing world, this is your workshop. Workshop in collaboration with la Tortuga Cassiopea.

Quarterly registration for the workshop only. Price per quarter: 110€.

Workshops for adults -

3rd, 4th and 10th of May

Fridays 16:00-20:00h and Saturday 10:00-12:00h: Make your own WordPress!

Workshop for all of you interested in promoting your own work through the network. We will learn to install, use and edit WordPress basic tools. Using this platform we will create an online magazine, a book or a corporate website, according to the interests of the participants. Workshop in collaboration with Joana Moll.

The price for the three sessions is 110€.

 

We hope you like our new agenda!

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

Phone – 93 667 37 74

Email – espai@lamandarinadenewton.com

Or come to our space: Carrer Montseny, 12, 08012, Gracia, Barcelona

 

Looking forward to hearing from you!!

 

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