Programs in Progress (2014-2015)

Fablab in Education

Institution: In process

Description: Fablab is a growing network of educational digital fabrication spaces that places cutting-edge technology for design and construction into the hands of middle and high school students. Renowned researchers have spent the last years developing low-cost tools, assessments, a curriculum, and a rigorous teacher-preparation program with the intent to not only improve current pedagogical practices but to also serve as a transformational learning tool for students. Mindconnex, together with select partners, will pilot a Fablab in education in 2015-2016.

 

The Explainers

Institutions: San Francisco Exploratorium (USA), CosmoCaixa Museum (Barcelona)

Description: Los Explainers are high school students aged 14 – 17 who have been accepted into a competitive internship program and work as volunteer educators in science museums around the world. Mindconex, together with the Benjamin Franklin International School (BFIS) and La Caixa Obra Social (Cosmo Caixa), piloted the first High School Explainers implementation in Barcelona, Spain during the school year 2012-2013. We are now working to extend and enrich the program in terms of participation reach and content. Read more  here.)

Technovation Challenge 

Institution: Iridescent

Description: Technovation’s mission is to inspire and educate girls and women to solve real-world problems through technology. Students, working in teams, develop mobile app “startups” to solve real problems in their own communities and compete for a part of $20,000 in awards. No previous programming experience is required. Mindconnex is working to become the Regional Ambassador for the 2014-2015 competition in Barcelona.

Our Program Characteristics

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Innovative and Collaborative

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  • Our programs are backed by renowned institutes with a track record of proven results.

  • Participation in our programs foster connections between different members of the community: schools, families, universities, private and public institutions.

  • Programs have been adapted to local constraints while maintaining an international reach.

  • Use technologies that are scalable and accessible to a variety of ages.