ICT Case 2012 solved! At last, we know the name of the winners

The most intriguing mystery of  ICT Case 2012, has been solved. Finally we know the name of the winners of this micro-stories competition.  In total we have received 88 short stories,  composed with less than 800 words, around Information and Communication Technologies (ICT). An outstanding participation rate indeed, 56 stories witten by Upper Primary Education students and 22 stories created by Secondary School students, coming from 13 different schools.

The call for was jointly managed by the L’Altra Ràdio of Radio 4, the Departament d’Ensenyament, La Mandarina of Newton and the science teacher and writer of literature of intrigue, Jordi de Manuel.

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Winners and finalists
These are the micro-stories rated by the jury:

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Higher Primary Category
Winner: The supercomputer, designed by Marc Bosch Galdeano, 5th year student at the Col·legi Sant Miquel (Barcelona). Teacher coordinator: Montse Coderch
Finalists: Supercomputers (Antoni Sisó Farré), A world without A (Adrià Cavero ) and Reasons of the Heart (Laura Arribas). Students of Col·legi Sant Miquel (Barcelona).

Secondary School Category
Winner: No signal, designed by Deborah Ramirez, Felix Guijarro, Soraya Alcayada, Areli Fernández, Cristina Ruiz, Daniele Lenoir, Juan Salguero, Reading Group of 2th of ESO . Joan Miró Institute (L’Hospitalet de Llobregat). Teacher coordinator: Meritxell Monsonís.
Finalists: New intelligence (Judith Parés de Tera) and Colors (Mireia Martínez Rubio), works created by students of the Montgròs Institute (Sant Pere de Ribes), and Diary of a fellow (Laia Fernández Villanueva) of Princess Margaret School (Barcelona).

General Category
Winner: Zzzzmmm, work of Esteve Martorell i Esteve
Finalists: The importance of having an iPod (Marco Felipe) IES Vicens Vives (Girona), The Rose Club (Isabel Bonany Solà) and The Mysterious katana (Jesus Martin Rivera).

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The jury of ICT Case 2012 has been composed by:
Jordi de Manuel, writer (President).
Irene Lapuente, physics and founder of La Mandarina de Newton
Pitu Martínez, teacher and specialist in ICT for education.
Cinto Niqui, journalist and director of L’Altra Ràdio

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The radio version is still in process …
All winning entries and finalists will be posted on the website of L’Altra Ràdio and the Co-Creating Cultures Blog of La Mandarina Newton. The three winning entries will be re-adapted in radio version and will be broadcasted by L’Altra Ràdio in June 2012. This edition will also include the radio version of the  Guatzsap short story, written for the ICT Case of 2012 by Jordi de Manuel.

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…And as an invitation to co-create on the Internet
La Mandarina de Newton will make several open proposals for co-creating nano-stories through social networks to all Internet users. A new story will be co-created each week during the month of June, starting with the first sentence of the three winning stories and the story Guatzsap. This initiative, called “To Be Continued …” will propose the participants to continue the story by adding new sentences starting from the first one. The co-creative process will take place in parallel

This co-creation will take place in parallel on the Co-Creating Cultures Blog, Co-Creating Cultures Facebook and Twitter @cocreatingcult. New nano-sories (even shorter stories) will be created inspired by the begginings by the beginnings of the winning stories and built from the participation of several people. Modelling the evolution of the same history across different platforms will provide us a wide variety of rich and interesting stories.

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Discovering the Science of the City project with la Malla Tendències

The Science of the City project attracted the interest of La Malla Tendències TV who produced the wonderful video that you see here.  It is a good way to learn more details about the research and experimentation process behind the nine pieces of art that have been exposed at Arts Santa Mònica for nearly two weeks.

With a flexible and imaginative style, this report shows between different videos created by people all over the world and builds a story from them. It adds the collective views and experiences of all participants in the process: citizens who submitted videos, artists and curators. Irene Lapuente, explains the genesis of the whole project. Inés Navarro, tells us why her team of citizen participants decided to choose a lunar eclipse as the subject of their video.  She also tells us about and what they got to know from the astronomy buffs that they met on Montjuïc, a the hill that overlooks Barcelona. Borja Leonardo Fermoselle and Aleix Molet, two artists of the IMARTE art research Group, explain how they elaborated their own re-interpretations of scientific facts taking their curiosity as a starting point, as other citizens did.

Looking at the final results, there is no doubt that everyone has some way or other integrated the science in their lives, creating a source of new questions for the future.

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Nine fragments of city

Soon you will have the chance to explore the artwork inside Science of the City, a clear invitation to look from a different perspective even the smallest details of urban everydayness, posing our own questions about science.

All these nine pieces are in fact the synthesis of a research process that began with the analysis of the contents of the 50 videos sent for two months by participants from around the world in the categories of Fiction, Question and Experiment. From this work we created a database of scientific issues in the city  that, among other things, allowed us to visualize the existing differences between popular and the expert cultures regarding the concepts of science or city.

The exploration of semantic fields and etymologies also served as a basis for the artists of IMARTE group, a work which has revealed surprising connections between proposals of citizens, scientific principles and their own artistic projects.

We then describe the set of art pieces in the exhibition, along with the videos that inspired them:

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A start is white, Eugènia Agustí

The piece refers to the blank page as the starting point of a work and considers what would happen after covering the roofs of entire blocks of houses with white geometric figures to act as attractors of sunlight.

Inspired by the video  “White-topped buildings, who loves the Sun?”, of Anna Cabré


Urban Legends, Monste Carreño and Raquel Muñoz

Confronting the way how urban legends and false scientific stories arise and are established leads us to reflect on how we perceive images related to the context in which are introduced.

Inspired by the competition process


Urban Fossils from yesterday and today, Mercè Casanovas

Human constructions enclose large amounts of fossils. This artwork wants to show many of them inside a piece of land from Barcelona where you can see traces of the past, but also of the present, to be discovered years later.

Inspired by the first video of la Mandarina de Newton  “Urban fossils”


Urban passage, Borja Leonardo Fermoselle and Sergi Selvas

The meta-city of the XXI Century is a paradigm of our society, a multifaceted look created from a series of images showing the nature of a regenerative system based on the fragmentation.

Inspired by of videos submitted 


Text Local Alignement, Aleix Molet and Eloi Puig

Working in a similar manner as DNA sequences are compared to extract

functional links between genes, the transcripts of two videos about science and the city have been aligned.

This proposal works exploring the transcripts of the videos:  “City Sounds- A New Source of Energy?” of Emily DeHority  and “Why the planet Earth changes?” of Universidad de los Niños


Xanthoria parietina, scattering, Cristina Pastó

Lichens are the result of the symbiosis of a seaweed and a fungus that are used as bioindicators of air pollution levels in cities. Two species have returned now from the space totally unaffected by exposure to vacuum.

Inspired by the videos about environment


Full moon and message in a bottle, Anja Steidinger

Composition created from two frames taken from the same video and expanded a thousandfold. The new creation was generated by seeking common patterns

between the digital images of a full moon and a bottle.

Inspired by the video  “Les figures dans le marbre”, of Scienceadacemie


Waves, Alicia Vela

Small dots projected on a wall symbolize waves of information generated by a video, a fiction that draws an echo of itself as if it was like quantum particles coming from a spectator that interacts with physical matter.

Inspired by the video:  “La sorprenent composició de l’àtom”, of Núria Jar


The infinite net, Antònia Vilà

Videographic and temporal transcription of the night sky from the recording of engraved inscriptions inspired by distant mythological cosmologies.
The net becomes a metaphor of the infinite universe in transformation.

Inspired by the movies  “Les lumières dans la ville”, of Mrcopperstein y “La Luna en Montjuïc”, of Ruben Permuy

As you can guess, the exposure is not, therefore, the end of this co-creative process. The results obtained encourage us to think in new editions that allow us to move forward in the investigation of new processes at the crossroads of design, participation, art, science, technology and city.

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Ready to re-discover the city

Ana Domínguez

The countdown for the inauguration of the Science of the City exhibition is ready and we have the press docs for media on the sending mailbox.
Here you can download the press release, an invitation for citizens to rediscover the urban spaces from a new scientific perspective.

Press Release Science of the City:

 

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Science of the City comes to Arts Santa Mònica

It has been a long process of co-creation, but finally Science of the City comes to Arts Santa Mònica to show a living exhibition that offers us very diverse artistic views and perspectives from the city, build from 50 videos submitted by all of you to Scienceofthecity.net

On Tuesday May 8, at 19h, this participatory exhibition will open, until May 19. We will be waiting for you!

There you will find the artistic pieces created by the IMARTE research group of the University of Barcelona (UB) starting from the questions, discoveries and experiments raised by participants of the video contest. Each work is related to the videos that have inspired it.

Behind this artwork hides a meticulous process performed by la Mandarina de Newton: transcription and analysis technologies to create a document repository of issues of scientific interest in the city. From there, artists have experimented creating compositions and new images by reinterpreting the content or making transpositions to other languages​​. Nine art pieces are the end result of this process. All of them are born from the same surprise and curiosity, speaking us of fossil lichens, DNA, the color of the walls, the constituents of matter, the scientific method, the lights or pattern recognition. Curiosity has been the main driver for everyone (artists, experts, citizens) in order to start asking questions, a metadesign process that initiates research processes advancing in parallel, offering unexpected results.

We want also to tell you that we have come so far thanks to the collaboration of FECYT, Obra Social “la Caixa”, the Tech Museum of San José in California and París-Montagne in France, and the engagement and strong support of many people and entities. To all, thank you very much!

Remember, you can watch all the videos collected by ScienceoftheCity.net The exhibition, inspired by these clips, will remain open to visitors from May 8 until May 19th, at Arts Santa Mònica  ¡Do not miss it!

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TalentLab: Listening to the Eartch Session I

On January 25th we started the third TalentLab, workshop, “Listening to the Earth”. The place was the Ebre Observatory (Observatori de l’Ebre, CSIC-URL). As participants arrived they organized themselves into two groups, trying to find a balanced representation of backgrounds in each one. We introduced the workshop and the structure of the session, and we set ourselves to work.

First, to warm-up an spark inspiration, we put in common with all the groups the general context of climate change. We used images for that, ensued by a collection of the ideas that the images inspired to each participant. The first group emphasized the different scales (local, global) that we confront climate change and water problems. Also, they remarked the risks associated with water. It is a desirable and needed resource but it can also bring danger or disaster situations.

The second group suggested to visualize that the “path” to follow from one situation characterized by disasters (by natural or anthropic causes) to another, idealized, one where human action were harmonious with the natural environment, should go through the filter of scientific thought. This started a discussion with the first group. They thought that, nature (including big scale natural phenomena) had been harmonious before the human hand acted on it. We interpret that the “path” suggested by the second group wished to portray the ideal of a new rationality, a scientific thought that would act in a better accordance with the natural environment.

  

After this, we moved on to imagine future scenarios. Both groups focused on the local scale. The first one created a front page for the local newspaper (“La Veu de Roquetes”), for January 25th 2030. Headlines focused on water issues. Restrictions were damaging agriculture and the North-South water transfer had become obsolete. Energy also made headlines: they mentioned that oil was no longer the primary source of energy. They also reflected that life expectancy had reached 100 years.

The second group created a front page for the newspaper “Lo Sud”. The headlines emphasized the migratory movements originated by climate change (“Emergency world summit to solve a catastrophic situation: Norway reaches -30 Celsius and the Andalusia desert is offered as a relocation places for the displace Norweigan population”). They also mentioned the relevance of gene medicine to eradicate diabetes. The launching of a reusable space rocket was the last headline of “Lo Sud”.

After getting a view of the future, we moved on to imagine which type of user is hypothetically going to use the pedagogical contents resulting from Talentlab. Participants remarked user features related to general curiosity, as well as their interest in sports and culture. Also, a strong interest in using new communication technologies, specially Youtube. This started a short debate about the educational potential of this channel for science teaching. Different possibilities were mentioned. For example, its usefulness in showing scientific phenomena that are difficult to replicate in the classroom or, how to produce content for that channel. Also, how to get students into creating videos with experiences that they can upload to Youtube. In any case, it was clear that participants considered the channel as something to have into account.

In order summarize the ideas that emerged after these two activities, both groups created very comprehensive “paintings” that remarked the need to integrate natural and scientific aspects with social and economic considerations. The second group also depicted the need to introduce attitudes.

From this moment on, each group sketched an idea for an educative resource. The first group suggested the creation of a platform (wiki, blog, video, etc.) to work on the local effects of climate change. It should integrate scientific information (Physics, Biology, Chemistry, etc.). The second group suggested an “in situ” visit of the places and situations that users wished to get to know. Also, they also suggested graphic representations as a possible means of integrating knowledge and learning. For example, by using infographics, videos and other visual content.There are many things to be defined still. Nevertheless, it seems that there was a certain convergence towards the integration of different types of knowledge, to focus on local realities and the use of visual means. Let’s see what happens in the next meetings and how the initial proposal evolve.

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Laura Valls. Unitat de Cultura Científica Delegació del CSIC
Irene Lapuente. Co-Creating Cultures/La Mandarina de Newton SL 
Ramon Sangüesa. Co-Creating Cultures/La Mandarina de Newton SL
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TalentLab: React with the environment session II

On November 30th, we performed the second session of the ”React with the environment” workshop, at the Institute for Environmental Diagnostics and Water Research (CSIC). This time, all the participants sat around a table to share the highlights of the proposals that were presented in the previous session in order to design a unique proposal.

The need to create a resource that encouraged students to perform some type of research was highly mentioned. On the other hand, it was also stresses the need to look for subjects that students could find interesting and relate to everyday life. It was also spotted that this research had to be performed in small groups and it had to be independent of the research center. However, it was said that the educational resource could be adapted so the most interested students could extend their knowledge on the topics through a more extensive research project.

We discussed the topics that could be the source of these first level research projects. We chose three main areas: pollution, health and nutrition. Therefore, it was proposed to develop three research projects to address some environmental contaminants such as mercury, the trialometans and TBT (tributyl tin), and its effects on living organisms. The first two projects were thought for students at high school level and the third project was thought for students who are at 4th ESO grade. There would be the option to make some adjustments to adapt the projects to the Science for the Contemporary World school subject.

It raised the idea of ​​collecting information on the diet of the students in a class and relate it to the presence of organic forms of mercury in their hair, in order to work on the analysis of the accumulation of mercury in the food chain. To make this analysis we need to use some laboratory technique at the IDAEA. A few students and a teacher could go to the research center to visualise the process and then share it with the rest of the class. The second projet would consist in a collection of real data on the trialometans presence in chlorinated water (eg swimming pools) that CSIC could provide to students. Finally, the third proposal consisted on studying the TBT compound (used in paints for boats to avoid algae and other organisms) through the IMPOSEX effect in a kind of a marine snail. From the observation of many samples obtained in markets, students could study the phenomenon of masculinization of these snails.

It was suggested that the three research practices had an area of ​​documentation, a protocol of the test to be performed and/or some data to be analysed. We also talked about the possibility of students publicating their results. In addition, the educational resource could combine these three research practices with short videos and some visits to the research center. The researchers suggested that visits to the center could be concentrated twice a year during the first and the second term.

Now, we will continue working on the adaptation of these three educational proposals, which already have a high degree of precision, into a digital educational resource.

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Laura Valls. Unitat de Cultura Científica Delegació del CSIC.
Irene Lapuente. La Mandarina de Newton S.L.

Photo credits: Luís Echanove
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TalentLab: React with the environment session I

On November 23rd, we began the second TalentLab workshop “React with the environment” at the Institute for Environmental Diagnostics and Water Research (CSIC). First of all, we adapted the seminar room to our needs: the chairs with a built-in table (to take notes) were replaced by a pair of tables and some extra space. Instead of a speaker, we had some researchers and some teachers willing to work, following the instructions and activities proposed by Irene Lapuente from la Mandarina de Newton S.L.

Participants were divided into two groups. Following a similar pattern as we did in the first workshop, the groups were introduced to co-creation dynamics through various techniques to generate discussion within each group. This time, the main topic to work on was environmental chemistry.

 

The first activity, the creation of collages, was used to inspire an initial discussion. The participants showed their main interests and concerns about the environmental chemistry and, from there, the groups established some lines of interest. The first group presented a “chemistry balance” which plays an important role in the issue of risks versus benefits. They put the following example: the use of DDT and malaria. The second group linked water contaminants (mercury, tin, cosmetics, etc.)  and the need to stimulate curiosity and emotions to deal with this problem.

Then, both groups performed an exercise to anticipate how would be the future and what woulb be the goals for 2030. The first group presented the newspaper called “Now & Today”. They highlighted problems in water, energy and food in the context of a city. The newspaper of the second group was “TalentNews”. They highlighted the following issues: energy, water and climate change. Interestingly, both newspapers had only scientific news and none of them talk about politics, culture or sports.

When they defined the profile of the final users of the educational resources (mostly secondary students), they presented not very motivated or active students.

Once we had done these three activities, we proceeded to make an affinity diagram. The different groups were asked to identify the most rellevant concepts and words that had come up during the session. Both groups stressed that research and action were two of the most important requirements to develop an educational resource.

After the affinity diagram, each participant in each group was asked to propose three activities that followed all we had talked about. Then the participants voted the proposals they liked the most. At the end of the session, each group agreed to pick just one of all the proposals. The first group chose a resource about carrying a research on an environmental problems around the school. They gave priority to the scientific method. Next step would be to choose one problem to be studied more closely and propose some solutions or actions. The second group proposed the creation of a research project related to current research using video to record it.

At the end of the session, we had a very interesting and rich debate. Next session will be on the 30th of November. From now until then, participants will go on thinking on these topics and they will work in an online platform.

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Laura Valls. Unitat de Cultura Científica Delegació del CSIC.
Irene Lapuente. La Mandarina de Newton S.L.
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TalentLab: Living Experiments session II

On Wednesday November the 2nd, we run the second session of the workshop “Living Experiments“, part of the TalentLab project, at the Agrigenomics Research Center (CRAG, CSIC-IRTA-UAB). We continued working with the same groups as the previous session. This time, though, we had three new members and a missing one. The three groups summarised the initial ideas of the resource proposals that they had defined in the first session. They also added new contributions from the reflections that participants had done online between the two sessions.

From there, the groups did a 3D prototype model of each of the proposals. The idea was to think with their hands using low tech materials to better visualize the resources and to identify areas for improvement that have not been taken into account. The first group proposed a cooperative resource based on bio-energy in order to disseminate their current research in the production of clean energy using living organisms such as microorganisms or transgenic plants. The idea was to provide an online platform for generating informed debates. The second group proposed the creation of a big challenge contest focus on fighting againts human hunger on our planet. Under this proposal, students were asked to offer solutions from different perspectives (scientific, social, North-South relations, etc..). This proposal was also based on an online platform. The third group proposed the design of an ecological footprint graphic adventure. The goal was to make students became more aware of the unsustainability of the nowadays consumption of energy.

At this point, in which the proposals were already quite defined, several iterations were made to refine them. Each group received two people from another group that raised doubts and questions about the educational resource, assuming the role of the character he or she had created in the previous session, ie, a hypothetical end user. This activity was repeated twice changing groups of people.

Later, the members of each group met again to discuss the feedback they had received from the hypothetical users. Each group defined its education proposal in its final version. They filled a matrix with concrete and concise information about their educational resource proposal: main topic, worked concepts, audience, methodology, technical requirements, feasibility, possible difficulties, budget, etc. The groups presented their proposals taking into account these aspects. Finally, they all proceeded to vote individually for the proposal they liked the most.

The result of the voting process was a tie between the second and third proposal. This hold into a general discussion. Among other issues, participants proposed to include the positive aspects of the first proposal into the most voted ones. They also studied how to integrate all the ideas into a single proposal.

Thus, we concluded the first phase of the work. From here we will consider the three proposals, the results of the voting process and the possible integration of all of them in order to produce a final online educational resource. In this second phase, the TalentLab team will continue to ask for the participants contributions!

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Laura Valls. Unitat de Cultura Científica Delegació del CSIC.
Irene Lapuente. La Mandarina de Newton S.L.
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The first TalentLab session: Living Experiments - I

Some days ago we held the first session of the workshop “Living Experiments“, part of the TalentLab project. It took place at the Agrigenomics Research Center, (CRAG, CSIC-IRTA-UAB) a research center of CSIC, the Spanish Sperior Council for Research. The session’s design included an intense working dimension. But, first, to warm up, we started with a visit to the CRAG premises. It was led by CRAG researcher Ana Caño who provided very interesting explanations. It was during the visit to the CRAG greenhouses that the participants in the workshop (researchers and school teachers) started to show their interest in the questions that the session was meant to revolve around.

Starting from these interests, as we had planned, we moved on to get to work in one of the CRAG work rooms. Irene Lapuente from la Mandarina de Newton S.L -CoCreating Cultures- started by explaining the structure of the workshop to the participants. In no time everyone was hard at work!

They organized themselves into three groups. By using different techniques, we facilitated different discussions within each group and a general one as well. Step by step, the attendees become more familiar with co-creation processes.

The first activity, to spark inspiration, started generic discussions about the relationship between science, education and society. The first group remarked the role of the different fears (fear to change in general, of nuclear power, of trangenics) in understanding the relationship between science and society. The second emphasized the role played by the media and educators in creating a predominant image of the animal kingdom in the collective imagination (making plants and vegetables much less prominent in comparison). Finally, the third group picked the goals of improving quality of life and general well-being as an important guiding princple for scientific research which, however, operates under anthropocentric premises.

After this, a more exploratory activity started. Participants were asked to identify challenges for education in the mid-long term (2030). There were significant coincidences between the three groups. All of them gave a key predominant role to the energetic challenge. There were specific contributions and variations on this subject. The first group projected a significant geopolitical shift, motivated by China becoming a global superpower. The second group anticipated a positive twist in the social consideration of researchers and school teachers. The last group envisaged an intensification of conflicts related to natural resources, specially water.

The participants defined the profiles of the users of the educative resources that will eventually be the result of the Talentlab project. They resorted to their own experiences or their imagination to depict the main traits of these future users. They were described as people familiar with new technologies -although they did not necessarily knew them in depth- who had low motivation, were skeptical about everything and had little confidence in their own abilities.

The last activity consisted in building an affinity diagram from elements that had emerged from the previous activities. The first group ideated an activity for the classroom about energy using participatory methodologies. The second group created an experiemental activity that should help in creating a direct relationship between researchers and students. The third group proposed to create a graphic adventure about energy.

All along the session the atmosphere was relaxed and favourable for working. Participants were able to move from very general discussions to a first levell of workable detail. From now until the next session (novembet 2nd) the groups have engaged themselves in an imternal documentation activity that is taking place online.

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Laura Valls. Unitat de Cultura Científica Delegació del CSIC
Irene Lapuente. Co-Creating Cultures/La Mandarina de Newton SL
Ramon Sangüesa. Co-Creating Cultures/La Mandarina de Newton SL
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