kiicspre2The workshop “Sounds, science and technology”, carried out at Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF) and with the support of FECYT, has resulted the winning idea inside of the Brain Cluster of the European project KiiCS. UPF was competing in this “Cluster” (subgroup inside of KiiCS) with projects presented by Discovery Center Continium from Kerkrade (The Netherlands) and Exploratório from Coimbra (Portugal).

In each of this three countries, a local jury (composed by two adults involved in the project and three teens who had participated in one of the KiiCS activities) has been formed to vote for the ideas presented by the other two components of the Cluster. The workshops “Sounds, science and technology” have been the winners of the voting, and hence they will compete to win the European Youth KiiCS Award. Apart from the projects focused on neuroscience, the other five themed groups are the ones called Urbanauts, Bio KiiCS, Sea Cities, B-Linked and Fashionable. The aim of this Clusters is to stimulate the information and activity exchange among members in order to boost interaction between young participants.

From a total of 18 projects, only 6 have selected in this first round. At the Award Ceremony, coordinated by ECSITE and to be held on September 26th at the Discovery Festival in Amsterdam (The Netherlands), only one of the proposals will win.

The most valued criteria of the workshops have been its capacity to engage young audiences and its potential to turn its ideas into feasible products. Other criteria considered have been the connection between science and art, the innovative aspect of the proposal, its capacity to encourage creativity and the motivation of the candidate.

The workshops “Sounds, science and technology” were organized in 2013 by the Music Technology Group (MTG-UPF), conducted by the artists of Sons de Barcelona and coordinated by the Science Communication Observatory (OCC-UPF) in the frame of the KiiCS project. The Fundación Española para la Ciencia y la Tecnología (FECYT) gave its support, and the Phonos Foundation and the Institut Municipal d’Educació de Barcelona (IMEB) collaborated too. About 300 students between 14 and 18 year-olds took part in the activity.

The project presented by the Exploratório centre from Coimbra is called “Pop Science Rock: The last 5 decades”. This interactive activity connects the evolution of pop and rock music of the last 50 years with the main scientific and technological findings of the same period. An online version of the activity can be found online in this website.

The activity presented by the Discovery Center Continium from Kerkrade was one of the prototypes born in the Science Hack Day of 2013. This video shows the idea that the two young boys developed at the hackathon, “the pigeon printer”.

KiiCS is a European project of the 7th Framework Programme led by the European network of science centres and museums, ECSITE. Its main objective is to boost incubation processes to encourage the interaction between art, science and technology and hence be able to promote innovation among both young and adult publics.

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