STEAMConf Barcelona 2017
3rd. International Education Conference
CosmoCaixa, Barcelona, April 20, 21 & 22
Thursday, April 20, 18:30
Public Conference opening (simultaneous translation catalan, spanish, english)
Welcome, Lluís Noguera i Jordana, Director of CosmoCaixa
Screening of the film Beyond Measure
«… the most powerful film … in many years about what’s needed —and possible— in American education.»
– Edutopia, George Lucas Education Foundation
Presented by: Vicki Abeles, director & producer, Lafayette (USA)
Local peer: Boris Mir, secondary school teacher and director of the Escola Nova 21 programme, Barcelona
In Beyond Measure, we find a revolution brewing in public schools across the country. From rural Kentucky to New York City, schools that are breaking away from an outmoded, test-driven education are shaping a new vision for our classrooms. These are schools that see critical thinking, communication, exploration, experimentation, collaboration, and creativity as the key to good education. And they are dramatically improving outcomes for children of all backgrounds. They are schools where practically every student graduates and goes on to finish college.
Friday, april 21
9.00 Workshops and conference registration
The workshops are designed to be attended in real time and with hands on. They present projects that can be easily taken to the classroom and inspire other projects. These workshops provide specific proposals that can be introduced on Monday in the classroom and are for discovering what is being done locally and everywhere else, for finding inspiration from the experiences of other teachers and researchers, for comparing ideas with those of other participants and for sharing doubts and concerns.
10.00 Parallel Workshops
11.30 Coffee Break
12.00 Parallel Workshops
13.30 Lunch, provided for participants on both activities only (Conferences + Workshops)
Choose and sign up! A double bill that’s a must-see!
13.45 Reception of front row guests (welcome and coordination by Boris Mir, Member of the Advisory Committee)
14.30 Conference Registration (all sessions will have simultaneous translation catalan, spanish, english)
15.00 Conference opening
Jordi Portabella i Calvete, director of the Research and Knowledge Area at “la Caixa” Banking Foundation, Barcelona
Montserrat Llobet i Bach, General Director for Compulsory Secondary Education and Baccalaureate, Generalitat de Catalunya
Montserrat LLobet with a degree in philosophy and literature and professor of Catalan from UAB (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona), she is also a professor of secondary education and a teacher at the Official School of Languages, specialising in Catalan language and literature. Since 2011, she has been the director of regional services at the Department of Education for the province of Barcelona. She has worked as a professor on numerous graduate and postgraduate courses for the University of Barcelona, UOC (Universitat Oberta de Catalunya) and UAB, as well as forming part of GRELL (Research Group on Education, Language and Literature) for the University of Vic and UAB.She was an Education Inspector from 2005 to 2011 and has also taken part in different research activities and publications and is a co-author of publications on language learning and teaching.
15.20 Making Things, Doing Science!
Arvind Gupta, science educator, The Children’s Science Centre, Pune (India)
Local peer: Eduard Muntaner, computer engineer and an expert in maker education, UdiGitalEdu, University of Girona, Girona
Before children can understand a thing, they need experience: seeing, touching, hearing, tasting, smelling, choosing, arranging, putting things together, taking things apart. Children need to experiment with real things that surround them. In India most science is learnt by rote – by mugging up definitions and formulae and spitting them out in exams. Very few children dirty their hands on making simple models.
The Government of India launched the Make in India campaign a few years back. They soon realized that the slogan would only become a reality when children started learning science in schools through actual experiments and projects. Now the Government of India is opening hundreds of Tinkering Labs in schools.
For close to 30 years we have been designing and making low-cost science teaching aids to make science fun for children. These include simple pumps, electric motors and generators. Children love toys which spin, fly, move and make sound. These toys are made with simple materials often with discarded stuff – old plastic bottles, tetrapaks, newspapers, straws, old pens etc. We have documented over 1400 such toys in photographs and short 1-minute videos. Today we have 7600 short videos on Toys from Trash in 20 languages on our website. In seven years our viewership has surpassed 50 million. Through our work we wish to help the poorest children on earth. We sincerely believe that only when all the children of the world make their own toys and play will there be peace on earth.
16.30 Coffee Break
17.00 Joyful Learning and Empowering Education
Anna-Mari Jaatinen, principal of Siltamäki School, Helsinki (Finland)
Local project: Agnès Barba, director of the Els Encants school, Barcelona
Anna-Mari Jaatinen will share the vision, pedagogical mission and ethos of the real 21st century school culture. Her presentation Joyful Learning & Empowering Education will focus on the leadership, pedagogical developments, project and phenomenon-based education and innovative learning environments at the Siltamäki Primary School, Helsinki, Finland. These elements are based on collaborative and co-creative learning and design-pedagogy. They reflect the guidelines of the Finnish national core curriculum for basic (primary and lower secondary) education.
The education culture of Siltamäki school is based on The Creative Fire Model. The CFM aims at holistic, child-centred education with the most important elements being common values, leadership, learning community, creative curriculum and assessment and digitalization. Between 2010 and 2016 the entire Siltamäki school community created and produced 3 phenomenon-based Magic Forest Musicals. The most exciting learning environment FUSE Studio is based on STEAM education. There will be dynamic videos shown during the presentation.
18.10 Principles of Play
Linda Liukas, founder of Hello Ruby and Rails Girls, is a programmer, storyteller and illustrator, Helsinki, (Finland)
Local peer: Mariona A. Cíller, co-founder and director of SokoTech, Barcelona
If code is the colouring pens and Lego blocks of our time -the tools of creation- how can we teach curiosity, joy and wonder to our kids? I spent last summer looking at programming and play: how to create experiences that go deeper than just learning logic. So, just like Alice, I swallowed the blue pill and fell down inside the machine. This talk summarises my three principles of play and a few experiments I’ve learned with little Ruby and the journey I’ve been on with her.
Saturday, April 22
9.30 Explorations in Musical Tinkering: musical balloons, rapping computers and beyond
Eric Rosenbaum, MIT Media Lab del Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge (USA)
Local peer: Marc Sibila, Instròniks, Navàs (Barcelona)
I’ll share my journey over the past few years developing new technologies for learning through creative play with music. I’m a co-inventor of the MaKey MaKey invention kit, which lets you turn everyday objects into musical instruments. I’ve also developed iPad apps that let you paint with your voice, build interactive musical worlds and tell musical stories. I’ll share my recent work with Google and with the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz. Finally, I will show my latest work extending the musical and sound capabilities of the Scratch programming environment, to open up new expressive possibilities for learning through musical tinkering.
Marc Sibila is a professor, musician and maker. After spending time in the industrial sector, he now works at EDN school in Navàs (@EDN_navas) where he teaches technology, music and robotics to secondary and baccalaureate students and also those on vocational training courses. He is also a guitar teacher at the local music school, EMM Mestre Castella de Navàs and plays and has played different instruments in numerous music groups. For the last few years he has also been a Maker on the Instròniks education programme (@instroniks) where technology and music come together to create different devices and instruments that can be used to create music. You could say he is a luthier of 21st century electronic instruments.
10.40 Coffee Break
11.10 STEM to STEAM at Rhode Island School of Design: Fieldnotes
Babette Allina, executive director, Government Relations & External Affairs, Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), Providence (USA)
Local peer: Ángel Domingo, is Deputy Director General of Innovation, Training and Guidance at the Department of Education, of the Generalitat de Catalunya, Barcelona
STEAM is a movement championed by the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) and widely adopted by institutions, corporations, and individuals. Making the case for creativity was at the heart of the initiative – a competency common to STEM and Arts disciplines, and readily understood by industry as essential to innovation.
RISD’s advocacy platform resulted in legislation introduced by Representative Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR), Co-chair of the US House STEAM Caucus. As described by Americans for the Arts “[it] includes support to schools that provide a well-rounded education through programs that integrate academic subjects, including the arts, into STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) courses.”
This presents an opportunity to consider new education models that engage a greater number of students and support cross-disciplinary problem solving to address global challenges.
Babette Allina, since coming to RISD in 2008 she has combined her experience as an artist with her background in public policy to advance the national agenda for STEAM – adding art to the national emphasis on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education by raising awareness of the power of art and design to transform education, research and workforce development. As executive director of Government Relations + External Affairs, Allina serves as RISD’s primary liaison with governmental leaders in the city of Providence, at the Rhode Island State House and in the US Congress, and with other external partners.
Ángel Domingo is Deputy Director General of Innovation, Training and Guidance at the Department of Education. He is a biologist and educator who dedicates his professional life to teaching sciences, teacher training, educational innovation and redesign in the assessment and learning of students and in the organisation of schools.
12.20 Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom
Sylvia Martinez, principal Advisor to Stanford University’s FabLearn Fellows, co-author of Invent to Learn, Los Angeles (USA)
Local peer: Susanna Tesconi, Senior FabLearn Fellow at Stanford University, Barcelona
There’s a technological and creative revolution underway. Amazing new tools, materials and skills turn us all into makers. Using technology to make, repair or customize the things we need brings engineering, design and computer science to the masses. Fortunately for educators, this maker movement overlaps with the natural inclinations of children and the power of learning by doing. The active learner is at the centre of the learning process, amplifying the best traditions of progressive education. There are now multiple pathways to learning what we have always taught and things to do that were unimaginable just a few years ago. In this practical session, Sylvia Martinez will provide educators with the how, why, and cool stuff that supports classroom making.
13.40 Closure of Session: Performance: The Music Machine
Catherine Siller, artist, performer and educator, Boston (USA)
Eric Rosenbaum, co-inventor of Makey Makey, Cambridge (USA)
Made by people! We will build a complex machine that will create music, made of magnificent mobile parts – everyone attending the conference! What will happen if we speed it up?
15.30 EdCamp STEAM BCN, STEAMConf Barcelona 2017
Is this your first edcamp?
If so, don’t worry, here you’ll have the chance to discover what it’s about and experience it for yourself. An edcamp is a meeting designed for sharing learnings, knowledge, concerns and passions about education. It is based on learning among equals and evolves through discussion and exchange in an open and stimulating environment that facilitates the free circulation of ideas
Is there a programme?
An edcamp has no specific programme because it is the participants that create the programme or the map of the sessions together, based on subjects, questions or concerns that are of interest to them.
Who can initiate the conversation?
Everyone is welcome to lead and initiate a session based on their own conversation proposal.
What will you take away?
Mainly you’ll take away a whole load of great ideas, new resources, discoveries and shared enthusiasm, after meeting others who are just like you! But also the names of those you can share your spirit of educational innovation with!