Science of the City attracts media impacts

Science of the City has left behind a huge virtual print, plenty of videos. We have to take in account not only the 50 videos sent by the participants of the SOTC global competition, but many pieces of art created specifically for the exhibition. Is not surprising, after all, that the exhibit seen last May in Arts Santa Mònica has been documented with a good amount of videos as, for instance the Opening of the exhibition.

Media has made its own interpretation of the project, as we see in the stories of La Malla Tendències and the Pla B of Barcelona Television or the live connection by Connexió Barcelona, ​​also from BTV.

Daily newspaper

Agendas of ARA, La Vanguardia and El Periodico de Catalunya newspapers, included the Science of the City as one of the remarkable cultural offers of the week. El Periódico, meanwhile, also published an extensive news in the section Gran Barcelona. Also El Heraldo de Aragon, from Zaragoza, dedicated an article inside the Tercer Milenio  supplement.
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At a broader level, the digital editions of those media have shown a special interest to discover  scientific evidence in everyday life. The Catalan edition of El Pais.com they collected in their culture section while the blog “Art in the Age of Silicon“, also from this medium showed in the video Skup “The amazing makeup of the atom” to explain the co-creative process started months ago with the video contest. Something similar was seen in  3cat24.cat,, using the same resource to introduce the project.

Both the process of the competition and the exhibition of Science of the City have been followed closely from a wide variety of digital media: Heraldo.es, 20minutos.es, AltoAragon.es, lasprovincias.es, diariodenavarra.es and diariovasco.com

Radio comes to expo

Minutes before the opening of the exhibition, a mobile unit of COM Ràdio approached to Arts Santa Monica to explain in all detail the scope of this cultural program to the listeners of the Extraradi program. Two days earlier, in the same station, Irene Lapuente had already explained the project from the main studio of Eureka!. In a similar way, the Altra Ràdio radio program invited Irene Lapuente to speak about this initiative a week earlier. More recently, in June, the unique humor of Pa ciència la nostra offered his particular vision of the Science of the City project.

Heard in the blogosphere

The impact of the City Science in the media has also been reflected in many blogs as the Observatori 2.0 al Science Centre Singapore, Fundación Quorum, Karma Peiró or Paz Domínguez Moreover, publishing spaces of organizations and persons connected to the project as Albert Folk, The Tech Open Source, Hangar, imarte, Universitat de Barcelona and Arts Santa Mònica. spreaded the news too.

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Ready, set, vote!

The deadline for submitting videos (except in French which has a separate deadline, July 19) for  the  Science of the City video contest finished last week. From now on, you can start voting via the platform, which eventually will host the virtual exhibition of Science of the City. Remember that you can only vote once because the system recognizes the IP.

We are looking for the video you like the most because of its clarity, originality and format. The voting period will be open until July 14th, 2011. The chosen video will get a prize of $ 150.

A jury of five people: Irene Lapuente, Ramon Sanguesa and Albert Folk, members of Co-Creating Cultures, Patricia Homs, a member of the science area at ​​Arts Santa Mònica and Bob Ketner, the manager of the Tech Virtual at the Tech Museum, will choose the videos that will be awarded for: the best video (600$), the best video in English (300$), the best video in Spanish (300$), the best finding (150$), the best question (150$) and the best experiment (150$).

The awards will be public on July 15th 2011 in this blog.

Thank you for your collaboration, we look forward to your vote and  we wish good luck to all participants!

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Science of the City: more science and more cities!

More and more institutions are giving its support to the Science of the City project. ¡We are 15! La Mandarina de Newton, creator and coordinator of the initiative, The Tech Museum, Arts Santa Monica, Transit Projectes, the Observatori de la Comunicacio Cientifica de la UPF, the Barcelona Culture Institute, the Catalan Science Communication Association (ACCC), Tercer Milenio, the science supplement at the Heraldo de Aragón, Paris-Montagne, the Paris Academy of Science, the Liberty Science Center, the NY Academy of Science, the NY Hall of Science, the Biobus and the Singapore Science Center.

Science of the City aims to promote a different view of what science is and where we can find it. With the aim of democratizing the scientific method -the ability to observe the environment, ask questions, be critical, design experiments to verify or falsify hypotheses and communicate the results. Science of the City encourages participants to make a video of two minuts linking their city with science through a question, a discovery or an experiment. During these last weeks we have begun to receive new videos. Participants have shared with us interesting challenges like: Could we use the energy from noise to transform it into electrical energy or why a clock can be invisible inside the water. Participants also experienced with skates and found answers to questions of optics. Here you can see some of the videos:


Science of the City will be represented at the Science Festival in Barcelona next june the 18th and we will also be in the Science Festival in Paris.

On the other hand, the Science of the City team has been running activities at a Youth penitentiary (sòmnia), Garbí School and at Benjamin Franklin Intenational School.

The call ends on June 30th for the videos in Catalan, Spanish and English, but continues until July 19th for the videos presented in French. During the month of July eight awards will be given: to the best video, the best video in Spanish, English or French, the best question, the best discovery, the best experiment and the most voted. ¡¡Go to the Tech Virtual webpage and start a project!!

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Science of the City, opening its own website!

The “Science of the City” project continues encouraging citizens around the world to look for science that lurks in the corners of their cities and putting it on a 2 minutes video. This was published at El Tercer Milenio from the Heraldo de Aragón newspaper.

More and more institutions, museums and universities are adding efforts to contribute to the promotion of this project. Currently, we have the support of The Tech Museum that sponsors seven awards, Arts Santa Mònica, Trànsit Projectes, the Observatori de la Comunicació Científica de la Universitat Pompeu Fabra, the Museu de Ciències Naturals de Barcelona, Singapore Science Center, Liberty Science Center, Biobus, NY Hall of Science, The NY Academy of Sciences and Paris-Montagne. Wiser-U will also sponsor the best French video award. So for now, you can participate in English, Spanish and French.

In addition, we have announced the project site. You can find it at Scienceofthecity.net. We hope you like it and  we encourage you to use your holidays to make a science video in your city or in your holiday destination city!

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The “Science of the City” video contest starts today!!

Today officially starts the “Science of the City Video Contest“.  You can find more information at The Tech Virtual new website.

Look at your city with a different perspective. This time, instead  of searching for shops, streets and restaurants, look for scientific finding: snails, fossils, LED, chemical reactions, etc.  Think about a scientific experiment and test it in your city: Newton’s laws, fluids laws, chemistry laws… Or make yourself a question! These are the three categories of this video contest:

Once you have chosen a topic, you can make observations, wonder, get information, run an experiment, use your imagination or ask us. Finally, you can create a 2 minutes video and upload it to “Science of the City“. You can win one of the 7 prizes offered!

We will build an exhibition with the better and most voted videos and with the tags you use.  Do not hesitate and enjoy the experience of creating a different, freak, creative, imaginative, funny video. You can be part of a collective scientific exhibition!

The contest starts now and it will last three months. We will announce regular meetings to co-create the most scientific and original videos ever seen!!

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Starting the science engines of the city!

The city is an incredible educational resource. It is full of scientific and technological findings. It is the perfect place to ask oneself new questions and engage others in new experiments. And, best of all, it is close to many of us!

Science of the City” aims to highlight all these qualities which are currently present in our cities. This project is aimed at those who are curious, creative and playful. The idea is to go into the city in a different way, trying to see the science that lurks in every corner and show it a creative video… that has to be less than two minutes long.

This project was born from la Mandarina de Newton and has the support of institutions around the world such as The Tech Museum, Arts Santa Monica and Transit Projectes. It is an open international competition to promote the creation of videos in Spanish and English, but other languages are welcome!

The different categories of this contests are:

  • Discovery: what have you discovered in your city that has some science behind it?
  • Experiment: use the city to show and explain a scientific principle. Create an experiment based in your city!
  • Question: what is your scientific question related to your city? Have you also the answer?

We invite you to go out and look for science and technology on the pavement, on the walls, in the parks, all around the city…  Are you able to find in the city fossils?  rare animals?  new lighting systems?  motion detectors? astronomical observatories? Go, shoot, edit and share your videos about them! We also invite you to think of a scientific experiment that could be done in your city. What is the relationship between Newton’s first law and the subway? Could you check the laws of fluids in your city? Finally, we encourage you to ask yourself some scienctific questions and to try to find (or not) the answers: Why the sky is more white in  cities than in the mountains? How can the water rise to a tap on a third floor apartment?… Surely you have many other questions! Go and use your city to answer them!

Once you have chosen your discovery, experiment or question… shoot an original, artistic, creative video, shorther than 2 minutes. Upload it to your YouTube account and open a new project in the “Science and the City” call at the new Tech Virtual website. Soon, we’ll show you the link to the Tech Virtual website to upload your projects. There will be prizes for the best videos!

Just to start your creative engines and to let you see what kind of videos you could do for each category, here you have three sample video corresponding to the three possible categories: discovery, experiment and question.

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