The National Museum of Science and Technology of Catalonia (mNACTEC) and the Nicolau Copèrnic Institute in Terrassa have begun a joint project in educational innovation within the framework of the programme “Magnet, alliances for educational success”, promoted by the Jaume Bofill Foundation, Department of Education of Generalitat de Catalunya, Diputació de Barcelona, the Barcelona Education Consortium and the UAB Institute of Education Sciences.
The Nicolau Copèrnic Institute in Terrassa applied to the programme’s call this year and is one of the educational centres selected for the implementation of this innovation programme over the next 4 years. The Magnet project by the Nicolau Copèrnic Institute will focus on scientific culture and technology. This is why they have found a great ally in mNACTEC. The textile factory, renewable energies, industrial archaeology, industrialization and sustainability and the environment are some of the themes that the centre will be working on with the students, in order to promote interest in research and problem-solving, always remembering that this is a pedagogical project based on personalised learning.
The institute will involve the mNACTEC in its educational project, creating activities which will allow disciplines and competences to be used jointly. These include the creation of a virtual visit and audioguide for the museum; analysis of the different professions and tasks of the museum; creative photography work; or learning about the scientific, technical and industrial culture in Catalonia.
The Magnet programme offers the institute the chance to teach in keeping with the students’ education needs in modern society, implementing new work methodologies. Constant education and guidance and the alliance with a prestigious institution will allow this educational centre to move towards a multidisciplinary approach and major teaching work focusing on the students.
This programme promotes the alliance between an educational centre and an institution of excellence in a specific field of knowledge. This alliance must allow the educational establishment to develop an innovative high-quality educational project which is appealing, displaying magnetism to become a local project of reference both for families and the educational community. This programme takes its inspiration from the Magnet Schools which have been active in the United States since the 1970s.
The institutions taking part are institutions of reference and excellence in specific fields of knowledge (science, technology, art, audiovisual communication, etc.) with an educational commitment to society and the great ability to transfer innovation and knowledge.5 April 2018