II Jornadas de Divulgación Innovadora D+I (II Meeting on Innovative Outreach R&D)

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On the 17-18th of October, at Utopia Center for Art an d Technology in Zaragoza, took place the second edition of the Meeting on Innovative Outreach (II Jornadas de Divulgación Innovadora D+I). More than forty communicators from all over Spain met during these two days to present and share different approaches and strategies for communicate science. An intense meeting in which, under the motto ‘Science excites. Telling it, also’, professionals were able to discover innovative approaches, strategies and formats to talk about science. Humor, theatre, dance, magic, music, videogames, workshops… were some of the outreach ‘tools’ presented.

In addition to the professional sessions, citizens also had the opportunity to participate in this meeting. During the afternoons there were several free activities opened to the general public: collective creations with Lego, magic shows, concerts, collective intelligence experiments and scientific monologues.

La Mandarina de Newton also participated on this conference with the workshop ‘Creativity in Motion’. This was a two-day session workshop where, by playing with methodologies to promote creativity and with the help of new mobile technologies, participants had the opportunity to explore an audiovisual technique, Stop Motion, which is accesible to everyone and that can be used to communicate content in an easily, attractive and funny way.

In just three hours of co-creation, participants were able to make cool videos like this one:

You can watch all the videos created during this workshop on our Youtube Channel.

In addition, Irene Lapuente from La Mandarina de Newton was one of the moderators of the round table “Mixed, not stirred. Intersections, tangencies, miscegenation”. On this session there were four experts on hybridizing science with other disciplines, such as literature, music, art, graffiti or citizen participation. Two physicists, a musician and a mathematician: Gustavo Ariel Schwartz, Antonio Arias, Josep Perello and David Martin de Diego, presented their experiences and discussed with the others and the audience the chances to mix and the future of science.

This was an event organised by the Zaragoza City of Knowledge Foundation in collaboration with the City Council, together with the Spanish Association of Science Communication, the CSIC, the University of Zaragoza, the Science Communication Observatory of the Pompeu Fabra University and the Ibercivis Foundation.

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Inspiraciencia 2014 awards ceremony

On Thursday, June 26, at the Sagrada Familia’s LibraryLa Mandarina de Newton was at the awards ceremony of the IV Scientific Writing Contest – Inspiraciencia, organized by CSIC (Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas), with the support of the FECYT and the Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness.

La Mandarina de Newton participated as part of the event’s organization and also presented the improvisational theatre show ‘ImproCiència’ with the theatre company Planeta Impro.

We leave you with the video of the ceremony:

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'ImproCiència' - science and literature on stage

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On Thursday June 26, 7 p.m. at the Sagrada Família’s LibraryLa Mandarina de Newton and the theatre company Planeta Impro will present the improvisational theatre show ‘ImproCiència’, at the awards ceremony of the fourth edition of Inspiraciencia (Scientific Writing Contest), organized by CSIC and the support of FECYT.

The show is inspired by fragments of the texts that participated in the contest. These are stories that explore concepts such as technology, genetics, maths, nanotechnology, quantum mechanics, astronomy, sound… The show that we will be presenting on the 26th, will be an improvisation theatre show that will bring science and literature on the stage. Once again we want to offer to the public a different way of looking at science, this time through theatre and literature.

Do not miss it!

When: Thursday June 26, 7 p.m.

Where: Auditorium of Sagrada Família’s Library.

Free activity, limited places

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The first videos are already here! You have until April 30th!

A few months ago, we started the third edition of the international video contest Science of the City.

During this time, we have produced six sample videos in six different languages​​: Catalan, Spanish, English, French, Portuguese and Italian, about varied themes, in order to inspire you. Here you can watch them:

In addition, some participants have already begun to send their videos. The very first one came from Cadiz and responded to the question: why do plants in the city flower in spring?

This one, came directly from Glasgow!

Have you started thinking about yours? Remember that you have time until April 30th!

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'Transposicionals' - dance, science and writing

On Tuesday April 30, 7 p.m. at the Sagrada Família’s Library, La Mandarina de Newton and the group of dancers Big Bouncers will present the contemporary dance piece ‘Transposicionals’, at the awards ceremony of the third edition of Inspiraciencia (Scientific Writing Contest), organized by CSIC and the support of FECYT. This is a dance performance co-directed by La Mandarina de Newton and Big Bouncers.

The performance is inspired by fragments of seven of the texts that participated in the contest. These are stories that explore concepts such as cloning, robotics, quantum mechanics, infinite, relativity, gravity and vacuum. The show that we will be presenting on the 30th, will be an improvisation performance of dance accompanied by an audiovisual work with the texts. The movements will play with the scientific concepts of the Inspiraciencia texts. We would like to offer to the audience a new experience, a different way of communicating science: through art and dance.

Do not miss it!

When: Tuesday April 30, 7 p.m.

Where: Auditorium of Sagrada Família’s Library.

Free activity, limited places

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Presenting educational resources co-produced by teachers and researchers. New workshops starting in January!

On November 28th, 2012 the second edition of the Talentlab project was publicly presented at CSIC. This is a project supported by the Unit of Scientific Culture of the CSIC Delegation in Catalonia, and it is done in collaboration with la Mandarina de Newton. The Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology, FECYT, has also provided financial support.

The presentation of the second edition of TalentLab was open to all people interested in science. It took place at 5pm in the CSIC Delegation in Catalonia facilities (Egipcíaques, 15, Barcelona) and it showed the goals and results of the first edition of the project. Among them, the educational resources co-produced by participants. It also presented the new edition of TalentLab and their upcoming co-creation workshops. There also was an open round where researchers an secondary school teachers shared their experiences as active participants in the project.

Talentlab: past, present and future.

TalentLab is a co-creation project. It revolves around the organization and analysis of participatory workshops that put in contact different communities. These communities are mainly researchers in CSIC centers and secondary school Science Teachers. Together, they co-designed new educational and science communication materials for secondary school students, focusing on scientific topics.

Its first edition was launched in the 2011-2012 academic year. There were four workshops for teachers and researchers. Each one facilitated that their participants worked together to create new online educational resources, These resources were meant to be later shared and used by the broader educational community in Spain.

One of the results of those experiences are four educational resources that show great richness and variety of content and formats. They include:

The interest of all these resources lies in how they turn secondary school students into the protagonists of a research activity. This could promote their capabilities for research, creativity and reflection.

The second edition of Talentlab is now under preparation with upcoming new workshops open to teachers and researchers alike. They will start next January, 2013. This time, Talentlab will be focused on archeology, space sciences and marine sciences. It will try to exploit to its fullest the common thread connecting all them, namely, risk and technology. On the other hand, Talentlab has opened a new line of work that includes the participation of a wider audience with the aim of involving them in the design and subsequent creation of a scientific exhibition.

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Remembering the opening of the exhibition: Science of the City

For those who want to remember the opening of the exhibition Science of the City, and for those who couldn’t come, here you have the video of the event. Enjoy it!

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Science of the City reaches Fine Arts and much more

We have been not talking too much lately about the project Science of the City. But not for lack of news. It is rather the opposite. During the last months we have been analyzing the video clips carefully closed and we started to talk with artists.

The research group imarte form the University of Barcelona (UB) has joined the project. Discussions on what a is city, what is not a city, what is science  and what is not science have already began! We have also found many references to works produced by artists that may have some connections with the video clips submitted by the participants in the Video Contest. The first artistic proposals in response to all this are starting to take shape!

Moreover, the “la Caixa” Foundation has decided to sponsor this project.

Finally, we are proud to announce that the Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology (FECYT) has chosen it as an example of inspiring practices for scientific communication.

The science of cities has arrived from many very different towns: Barcelona, Seville, New York, San Jose, Bogota, Paris, Singapore… Many participants contributed with their videos, their comments and their votes. We tried to bring all this material to new places: universities, research centers, museums, schools, conferences… so that we could offer to all you a physical exhibition soon. We hope to meet you there!

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TalentLab, a co-creation project with teachers and researchers

Talentlab is a project where the main focus is to co-design online educational resources for the classroom

The project is based on co-creation workshops that explore life sciences, environmental chemistry, earth sciences and artificial intelligence concepts. The registration period is now open!

CSIC, through its Science Culture Unit in Catalonia and some of the CSIC research centers, and la Mandarina de Newton SL, have set up TalentLab, a project conceived as a co-creation laboratory of online educational resources for the classroom.

TalentLab mixes professionals from the scientific and educational community in order to add ideas, efforts, abilities and talents, and co-design science education resources. It is aimed at teachers of upper primary, secondary, further education and vocational training.

Workshops
TalentLab foresees the completion of four workshops, each of two sessions each of it, on different scientific disciplines. The registration period for these workshops is already open. You can register through the project website: http://talentlab.csic.es.

The first workshop takes place on October 19th. It is called Living Experiments and it will take place at the Genomics Research Center (CSIC-IRTA-UAB). This workshop goes around the theme of model organisms, or laboratory organism. During the workshop, which will continue in a second session on November 2nd, we work in groups in order to co-design an online educational resource.

Following the same structure we have organized three more workshops: React with the Environment is based on chemistry and environmental issues. Its is going to be held at the Institute of Environmental Assessment and Water Research (CSIC), on the 23rd and  the 30th of November. Hearing the Earth is about the dynamics of the Earth. It will be held in the Ebro Observatory (CSIC-URL) on the 25th of January and the 8th of February 2012. The last workshop is Around Intelligent Machines. It deals with research on artificial intelligence and it will be held at the Institute of Artificial Intelligence Research (CSIC), on the 7th and the 21st of March 2012.

Educational resources resulting from these four workshops will have been co-created by members of the science research and the education community. The idea is to produce high quality products that satisfy both researchers and teachers.

TalentLab is an innovative project that aims to generate debate, dialogue and innovative products in order to foster scientific creativity in young people. It is an initiative of the Culture Unit of the Scientific CSIC Delegation in Catalonia, in collaboration with various research institutes of the CSIC in Catalonia and la Mandarina de Newton SL. It si financed by the Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology (FECYT) and has the support of the Educational Coordinating Council of the Municipal Institute of Education of the City Council.

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Grants, prizes and a good start!

The summer holidays are over, but we begin this new year with good news.

On the one hand, we celebrate that the Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology (FECYT) has granted us with some financial support and it has become a
Science of the City sponsor.

On the other hand, today we learned that the most voted video of the Science of the City Video Contest in the French category was “Effet Doppler- Doppler Effect“. This will be the winning video of the prize sponsored by the NGO Paris-Montagne and Science Académie. For now, we leave you with the Constant Bourdeloux‘s video and we go on working on the next phase of the project. We have already started the research on the videos submitted and soon we will start working with artists on them. Do not miss it because there is a lot to be seen!

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