Espai Beta and Culturnautes education service

Espai Beta and Culturnautes education service

Centre of Contemporary Culture of Barcelona (CCCB) , Catalonia , 2014, 2018

How can we design transdisciplinary and innovative educational activities that respond to the need of contemporary culture to hybridise art and science to address complex issues such as data, programming, artificial intelligence and climate change?

    Advice, ideation, design, delivery and training for educational activities for Espai Beta and Culturnautes, two projects coordinated by the education area of the Centre of Contemporary Culture of Barcelona (CCCB).

Projects in which we have participated:

 

After the End of the World | 2017 - 2018

How do we show children, young people and families what our world may be like in the second half of the 21st century, and make them aware of society’s responsibility to the generations that are born into and raised it in?

Design and delivery of educational activities, guided visits and teacher guides.

After the End of the World is an exhibition that shows a particular and artistic vision of climate change. The exhibition includes eight art installations that propose various approaches to different environmental visions. La Mandarina de Newton ideated, designed and produced three workshops for different audiences -primary school students, secondary school students and families-, the guided visits and the educational materials for teachers. Moreover, they trained the CCCB’s education team so that these activities could be carried out with internal staff.

The offered design includes:

  • We are planetary. This activity for primary school students aims to make them aware of the place we occupy in the Universe, how life is generated, what it means to be a living planetary being, what impact we have, the effects our way of living beyond what is immediately observable, what abstract concepts such as invisible water mean and how we can develop other energy or consumption models. The activity consists of a guided tour of the exhibition followed by an interactive workshop.
  • Energy moves everything. This activity is aimed at secondary school and educational programme students. It consists of a guided tour of the exhibition followed by a participatory workshop. The workshop takes participants on a thematic tour of the concept of energy. It explores what energy is, how it is transformed, what energy degradation means, why it can be useful, how to build electric motors, and then finally explores electric car alternatives.
  • Water and ecosystems. This activity, which is aimed at families, reflects on our impact, especially in relation to such an essential element for life - water. Despite living on what is we call the ‘Blue Planet’, because of the large amount of water it contains, only 2.5% of this water can be considered potable, of which we have access to only 0.008%. Following the DIY philosophy, participants build their own experiments that will help them to understand what happens when it rains in deforested areas. They also study different kinds of water and observe the effects of acid rain.

 

The Thinking Machine. Ramon Llull and the “ars combinatoria” | 2016

How can we introduce the figure of Ramon Llull and programming logic in an entertaining way within the framework of Culturnautes?

Design and implementation of educational activities and guided tours.

Culturnautes is the CCCB’s cultural centre and is open to children and young people aged 6 to 15 years. La Mandarina de Newton ideated, produced and implemented a themed week linked to the exhibition The Thinking Machine. Ramon Llull and the “ars combinatoria”. The work done in the activities was interactive and fun and complemented the visit to the exhibition, which was dynamized by Irene Lapuente. Participants also gained an insight into the world of programming, coding, art and mysticism. The experimental work was organised into three blocks: electromagnetics, coding and programming. These three fields were worked on scientifically, artistically and spiritually.

 

+Humans. The Future of our Species | 2015

How can we cover topics such as genetic modification, technology and artificial implants with children and young people aged 6 to 15 years, in an entertaining way within the framework of Culturnautes?

Design and implementation of educational activities and guided tours.

Culturnautes is the CCCB’s cultural centre that was established in 2014 and is open to children and young people aged 6 to 15 years. La Mandarina de Newton coordinated the four weeks of the Summer Camp and ideated, produced and implemented a themed week linked to the exhibition +Humans. The Future of our Species. The activities carried out were organised into three blocks: frontiers of biology, technological advances and philosophical reflection. The experimental work included the extraction of DNA, the exploration of fluorescence and luminescence, research with drosophila melanogaster, the creation of 3D and virtual reality glasses, concepts related to artificial intelligence and audiovisual viewing.

 

Big Bang Data – Immersed in Data | 2014-2017

How do we bring the world of big data to children, students, adults and the elderly?

Design and implementation of educational activities.

Big Bang Data, an exhibition co-produced by the Telefónica Foundation and the CCCB, is a project that explores the phenomenon of the data explosion in which we are immersed. Immersed in Data was an adaptation by the Provincial Council of Barcelona of Big Bang Data, which visited several cities in the province of Barcelona over a period of two years.

Both exhibitions also offered a documentation space, an educational service and related complementary activities. La Mandarina de Newton designed and carried out guided visits and technology workshops that accompanied the exhibitions. These activities explored the topic of big data in an entertaining, innovative and creative way. The designed offer included workshops such as:

  • We in Cyberspace. We live in a highly technified and hyperconnected society. We ourselves are an important source of data, whether voluntarily or involuntarily. The aim of the workshop was to carry out a sociological experiment in real time and to explore how easy it is to share data and how much information we can extract. It was specially designed for families and the general public.
  • Geolocalise! / In situ. This workshop offers us a new vision of our cities, spaces full of data, information and knowledge. It also deals with the concept of geolocation and interpretation frame. It is specially designed for young people and adolescents and there is an analogue and a digital version.
  • A World of Data. We all generate data, from our mobile phone to our purchases, and it is becoming increasingly easy to store and process this data and to observe patterns. This workshop takes quite a formal look at what data is, what information is and what becomes knowledge. It was aimed especially at schoolchildren.
  • Google (Re)search Under Study. Our data are like tracks left behind by our life activity. We can leave footprints directly and actively by posting content, and also indirectly through our Google searches. This workshop was carried out with people over 55.

These workshops were also designed and adapted to be run during Culturnautes, the CCCB’s Summer Camp. In this case, the participants explore the world of data for almost 20 hours. 





Entregables:

Four different workshops were created: A World of Data, We in Cyberspace, Geolocalise! /In-Situ, Google (Re)search Under Study.

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