The Museum of Science and Technology of Catalonia (mNACTEC) received an accolade at the 5th Ibero-American Education and Museum Awards for its project "Technological tools in science museums: education inside and outside the classroom". The award coincides with the Ibermuseos programme, a cooperation initiative among Ibero-American countries to foster public policy in the field of museums.
The 5th Ibero-American Education Museums Awards reward educational museum projects that encourage personal development and social cohesion. More than 130 projects were entered for the awards, from 14 Latin American and Iberian countries, to be evaluated by a technical committee comprising specialists from 10 of the countries (Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Spain, Mexico, Peru, Portugal and Uruguay).
The mNACTEC project was placed fourth among the 13 award-winning finalists, and was the first of the two Spanish finalists. The award comes with a cheque for 5000 dollars.
The mNACTEC award-winning project
The project "Technological tools in science museums: education inside and outside the classroom" is a fun and instructive project intended for youngsters, to supplement their formal education, and for families in order to contribute to informal education during leisure time through science museums. The project takes the specific form of four initiatives combining the face-to-face world (in museums and cities) with digital technologies via the Internet and smartphone applications:
The project forms a part of one of the strategic approaches by the mNACTEC regarding technological tools, developed in partnership with the Department of Education of the Autonomous Regional Government of Catalonia. These tools have been developed with subsidies tendered by the FECYT (Spanish Science and Technology Foundation) and the CreativeCH programme within the 7th European Union Framework Programme "Science in Society".