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Is “DOING” a complementary activity or a fundamental approach to learning?

What would it be like, Nancy Otero wondered, if a school turned its entire curriculum into projects? At Portfolio School in New York, tests, grades and schedules were eliminated, creating a learning framework where DOING became a fundamental piece to apply and internalize powerful human ideas. Four years later, Nancy says DOING is a fundamental avenue of learning, a tool that tangibly shapes a legacy of human ideas while adding personal meaning.

Before the COVID-19 pandemic scenario, Social Emotional Learning (SEL), a process by which girls and boys acquire emotional intelligence, develop empathy and learn problem-solving skills, was gaining strength in schools. We wonder, in light of SEL, what impact the pandemic will have on learning and the well-being of school communities, and what role can social emotional learning (SEL) play as an integral part of education and human development in this scenario.

Finally, in this seventh edition, STEAMConf recovers the initiative ‘Local Experiences’ launched in 2016, which today returns from thanks to the Barcelona Education Consortium, and the CESIRE of the Department of Education of the Generalitat de Catalunya, with much more force driven by the number and quality of innovative learning initiatives that have emerged in Barcelona and Catalonia in the last six years.

Its objective was and is, to provide participants not only with experiences, skills and knowledge, but also to strengthen a lifelong learning community that, knowing and valuing the successful experiences that stand out in the classrooms, abounds in guiding their teaching practice.

Steering Committee

Curation and Direction

SteamConf steering committe mariona ciller

Mariona Cíller

SokoTech CoFounder and Director

Graduated Cum laude from the University of Illinois with a double major in Fine Arts (B.F.A.) in Visual Communication and Art History disciplines. Master of Science (M.Sc), Mass Media & Management Studies, and Assistant Professor at the same university teaching classes on free software tools and open culture. Her thesis Free Culture Project, which fuses the potential of technology with the transforming power of education, is a turning point in her career towards territories of reinvention of the world of teaching and learning hand in hand with emerging technologies. Diplomate from the Fab Academy (CBA/MIT) in Digital Fabrication and Electronics, is Postgraduate in Design Research & Management Educational Evaluation and Research by the Higher Institute of Education and Sciences of Lisbon (ISEC); Currently, PhD student in Computer Sciences & Human-Computer Interaction at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF) In 2015 co-founded SokoTech, a digital social innovation laboratory, bringing together an intersectoral team of experts in the conception and production of projects on the arts, science, and technology frontier. / @mariondita
SteamConf steering committe mariona ciller

Paca Cíller

Scientific and Technological Culture Activist

She was the director at the communication department of the la Caixa Foundation, Director of International Relations, and Programs at CosmoCaixa, the Science Museum of Barcelona, and Executive Director of the European Network of Science Centers Museums (ECSITE).

As her final University project she founded, with two colleagues from the University of Barcelona, Staff 76, where, as director, she organized two Education international conferences, focused on games, and toys as a critical factor to tune children into the real world and enhance some of their richer learning experiences.

Advisory Committee

SteamConf steering committe Txema Arenas

Txema Arenas

Digital Culture Territorial Advisor at the Consorci d'Educació de Barcelona

Txema is a science teacher with extensive experience designing and coordinating educational projects with CLIL, PBL, gamification, and design thinking methodologies. Expert in strategic networks, at national and international levels (ARCE, Comenius, e-Twinning, Erasmus +). He is a member of the panel of evaluators of the European National Agency for Erasmus+ educational projects, and a collaborating professor of the master's degree in Professional Management Skills in the Educational field.

SteamConf steering committe Elisabet Aznar Vacas

Elisabet Aznar Vacas

Director of the Center for Specific Resources to Support Innovation and Educational Research (CESIRE), Department of Education of the Generalitat de Catalunya.

Teacher of Early Childhood and Primary Education, her training and professional career revolves around educational transformation, with the desire to make schools better places to learn and live. Graduate in psychopedagogy from Ramon Llull University, she began her specialization in pedagogical innovation, collaborating with different working groups of the FPCEE Blanquerna and with the research project: “The social meaning of the school institution - Bases for redefining the school in the 21st century” With the aim of deepening the relationship between education and equal opportunities, she carried out an interuniversity stay at the Faculty of Education of the University of Antioquia (Medellín-Colombia). She obtained the Diploma in Advanced Studies from the Doctoral Program: Diversity and change in education, policies and practices (University of Barcelona), with the research project: “Reinventing a public school in a new community space”. As a teacher and director of the Baró de Viver School in Barcelona co- promoted its process of educational transformation. Member of the ICE Working Group of the UB ‘Educational Perspective of Work Projects’ with experience as an advisor to schools in the process of change. In the last five years, she has accompanied processes of pedagogical innovation as an education inspector in the Garraf area and has boosted the Garraf Network of Restless Public Schools for training and support for educational transformation.

SteamConf steering committe Josep Biayna

Josep Biayna

Head of the Department of Education of the Generalitat de Catalunya Head of the Innovation, Networks, and Educational Services Area.

Teacher and graduate in history, he was the director, for many years, of the Pedagogical Resources Centers (CRP), and coordinator of Educational Services of Badalona, with experience, as a trainer, in advising schools, and in stimulating activities with students and teachers. Coordinator of various educational and socio-educational networks. Josep is currently participating in initiatives such as the Educational Transformation Laboratory, the Educational Transformation Networks, the STEAMcat program, and the Educational Innovation Framework development. From his functions, he works with the CRPs in the Zone Educational Services framework and the CdA to improve the educational system, from innovation, training, and networking, taking advantage of evaluation and evidence as a driver of change.

SteamConf steering committe Marti Burriel

Martí Burriel

Responsible for the digital fabrication programs at the Consorci d'Educació de Barcelona, and coordinator of the educational services of the Xarxa d'Ateneus de Fabricació Digital of the Barcelona City Council.

Combining science, technology, and education in the different fields with which Martí has interacted have been his primary 'purpose. Graduated in Environmental Sciences from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) specialized in management, restoration of the natural environment, and a secondary school teacher. Martí gained experience as a researcher at the Institute of Ciència i Tecnologia Ambiental (ICTA-UAB) and as technical director of the UAB Science Diffusion Observatory. In the private sector (Lavola), he was a former coordinator of educational innovation projects and head of the Creactivity space at CosmoCaixa: the Science Museum of Barcelona. Currently, he applies his experience in the public sphere as a reference in digital manufacturing for the Consorci d'Educació de Barcelona and as coordinator of the Barcelona Network of Ateneus de Fabricació Digital of the Barcelona City Council.

SteamConf steering committe Eva Mateo Puig

Eva Mateo Puig

Coordinator of the STEAMcat program of the Department of Education of the Generalitat de Catalunya.

Eva is Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Universitat de Barcelona (UB). She is a professor of Plastic and Visual Education and Technical Drawing, in highly complex centers. She currently coordinates the STEAMcat program of the Department of Education of the Generalitat de Catalunya.

SteamConf steering committe Boris Mir

Boris Mir

Director of La Mirada Pedagógica

Secondary education teacher expert in learning and educational transformation. He was promoter of the Les Viñes de Castellbisbal Institute-School promoter, a center in the framework of the innovative institute's network of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. He has worked in the learning and Knowledge Technologies Service to develop digital skills in the team responsible for the eduCAT1x1 project at the Educational Innovation and Research Service (SIRE) of the Department of Education of the Generalitat de Catalunya. He was part of the Escola Nova 21 Program Team, an alliance for an advanced educational system.

SteamConf steering committe susana navarro

Susana Navarro

Responsible for STEAM programs of the Barcelona Education Consortium.

Susanna is responsible for the STEAM educational innovation programs and sustainability of the Consorci d'Educació de Barcelona, an institution for which she was an advisor on technology use in the classroom. She was a pedagogical designer and programmer of various multimedia educational games and online tutor training courses. She is a pedagogue from the UB and holds a postgraduate degree in e-learning at the UOC.

SteamConf steering committe Luis Carlos Pardo

Luis Carlos Pardo

Professor of the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC), Campus Besòs (EEB)

Researcher at the Group of Characterization of Materials. (GCM / UPC), his main research interest is the molecular motion and structure of molecules in disordered systems such as liquids. He has published more than 80 scientific papers in international research journals. In addition to his research, he is also passionate about bringing research and science to the general public, specifically young students. He has created and coordinates the activities FISIDABO: physics at the amusement park, and VISIONS: bringing STEAM to life at the Olympic stadium.

@fisidabo / @visionsSTEAMAnella
SteamConf steering committe Jordi Regales

Jordi Regalès

Technical professor at the technological area of CESIRE. Department of Education, Generalitat de Catalunya.

Engineer and postgraduate in Technology Teaching by the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC), he has published didactic materials for teaching technology to various publishers for the Department of Education, and the National Museum of Science and Technology of Catalonia. He has collaborated with several educational equipment firms to design and develop educational resources and user guides. He was a former teacher in the master's degree for secondary school teachers at the UPC and, currently he is a trainer of trainers at the Department of Education. He is a Technology and Electronic Systems professor at secondary education and a member of the Catalan Society of Technology at the Institut d'Estudis Catalans. Now, he works as a technical professor in the technological area of the CESIRE (Center for Pedagogical Resources to Support Innovation and Educational Research) of the Department of Education of the Generalitat of Catalunya.

SteamConf steering committe Coral Regi

Coral Regi

Former Director of the Escola Virolai

A biologist by training, and an educator by vocation, she has been the principal of the Virolai school since 1998 and also a teacher Involved in the world of education. Member of the School Council of Catalonia as a person of educational prestige, she is part of the group of experts Catalonia 2022. / @coralregi
SteamConf steering committe mariona ciller

Francesc Sabaté

Production Management Technologies and Training Area Advisor at CIM-UPC Foundation

An industrial electrical engineer from the Polytechnical University of Catalonia (UPC), with over 20 years of experience developing and managing automation projects. Advisor on production management technologies and training area at the FundacióCIM. He is passionate about technology and its dissemination and has played with LEGO for as long as he can remember. Director of the Master's Degree in Automation and Robotics at the Fundació CIM / UPC. / @FSabateD
SteamConf steering committe Frank Sabate

Frank Sabaté

Teacher at Escola Projecte in Barcelona. He is passionate about educational programming and robotics

Member of the science committee for the Jaume Bofill Foundation's *Educació Demà* program and the STEAMConf steering committee. He has previously participated in Scratch Conference European editions (Barcelona'13, Amsterdam '15, and Bordeaux'17). Advisor for the Magnet alliance between the Montessori School in Rubí and CIM UPC. He shares his knowledge during face-to-face teacher training sessions and on his YouTube channel 'Scratch en 5 minuts'.

SteamConf steering committe Nuria Salan

Núria Salán

Professor at the Department of Materials Science and Metallurgical Engineering at ESEIAAT-UPC. President of the Catalan Society of Technology.

Graduated in Chemical Sciences and a doctorate in Materials Science and Metallurgical Engineering. She is a professor in the Department of Materials Science and Metallurgical Engineering at ESEIAAT - Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC). As a researcher, she has participated in more than 20 R&D projects and 5 Teaching Innovation projects. Author and co-author of 35 scientific-technical papers, and a fiction novel, she has received various awards throughout her careers, such as the First Prize for Innovation in Teaching Quality and the Vicens Vives distinction from the Generalitat de Catalunya. She currently collaborates in the Mentoring Program for Girls at the UPC, M2M, and is deputy director of Institutional Promotion and Students at ESEIAAT.

SteamConf steering committe Elias Vera Gormaz

Elias Vera Gormaz

Teacher at Octavio Paz school in Barcelona.

He has a master's degree in managing Educational Centres and has completed a postgraduate course in computing for primary school children. Elias also has primary and secondary multiple subject teaching credentials in the State of California. He has been an educator for over twenty-five years, eight of them in the United States. Always involved in the integration of new technologies in the classroom, he was also a trainer in schools in the Redwood City school district, Silicon Valley, California.


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