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Saturday, March 30th

10.00 - 14.00


Sala Àgora


Path to STEAMConf 2019

A meeting powered by teachers for teachers. A free and open invitation for everyone to share and build knowledge, experiences, ideas, concerns and to prepare ahead for the three days of STEAMConf conversations, debates, workshops and conferences.

Is this your first EdCamp?

If so, don’t worry! Here you’ll have the chance to discover what it is about and experience it for yourself. An EdCamp is a meeting designed to share knowledge, concerns and passions about education. It is based on knowledge-sharing and growing among equals, through discussions and exchanges in an open and stimulating environment that facilitates the free circulation of ideas.

Is there a programme?

An EdCamp has no specific programme because it is the participants that create the programme or the map of the sessions together, based on subjects, questions and concerns that are of interest to them.

Who can initiate the conversation?

Everyone is welcome to lead and initiate a session based on their own conversation proposal.

Thursday, April 4

18.30 -



Public opening of the Conference

Conference open to the public (simultaneous translation in Catalan, Spanish and English)
Welcome by Lluís Noguera i Jordana, Director of CosmoCaixa, Barcelona; Casimiro Vizzini, Expert at UNESCO’s Division of Science Policy and Capacity Building; Francesca Bria, Chief Technology and Digital Innovation Officer for the City of Barcelona, Barcelona

SteamConf Speaker

Lluís Noguera i Jordana

Director of CosmoCaixa, the Science Museum of the “la Caixa” Banking Foundation. He is a graduate in Philosophy from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) and has a master’s degree in Cultural Management from Universitat de Barcelona (UB) and in Public Administration from ESADE. He has also studied International Cultural Relations and previously held the position of deputy director of the Science, Research and Environment Area at the “la Caixa” Banking Foundation, developing, among others, the assessment project for the science outreach programme.

SteamConf Speaker

Francesca Bria

Was a Nesta Senior Adviser and Senior Project Lead at the Nesta Innovation Lab. She was also a researcher and teaching associate at Imperial College Business School in the Innovation Studies Centre-Digital Economy Lab. She has a background in innovation economics and social sciences, a PhD from Imperial College and an MSc in E-business and Innovation from University of London, Birkbeck. Francesca is a member of the Internet of Things Council and an advisor to the European Commission on Future Internet and Smart Cities policy. She is also a member of the EC Expert Group on Open Innovation (OISPG) and a member of the European Research Cluster on the Internet of Things (IERC). She has been advising a variety of organisations and public institutions on innovation policy, open technology, the internet of things and smart cities. She is also active in various grassroots movements advocating for open access, digital sovereignty and digital rights.

SteamConf Speaker

Casimiro Vizzini

Is an expert in the division of Science Policy and Capacity-Building at the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). He received his Medical Degree from the University of Palermo and after his residency he attended a master’s in International Cooperation at the French Institute for International and Strategic Affairs (IRIS) in Paris. At UNESCO, he is responsible for the EU-funded projects PERFORM on science communication and education, and InsSciDE on science diplomacy. In addition, Dr. Vizzini collaborates with the American Association for the Advancement in Science in the field of science diplomacy.


MyPERFORM-UNESCO - Big Van Ciencia: When Science Takes the Stage

Helena González and Oriol Marimon, Big Van Ciencia, IES Moises Broggi, IES Consell de Cent and IES Castellbisbal (Barcelona); Casimiro Vizzini, Expert at UNESCO’s Division of Science Policy and Capacity Building

At myPERFORM we talk about science with responsibility; we tackle social challenges, ethical dilemmas and gender inequalities; we identify pseudoscience and conflicts of interest but above all, we have a great time, we explore humour and we build scientific stories and perform them on stage.

The myPERFORM project uses the performing arts to create an inclusive environment in which young people work together with researchers, their professors and science communicators, to explore science and technology issues and values. The final product of these participatory methodologies is a theatre piece (a scientific monologue, a sketch, a story ...) that can be represented on stage and that talks about real scientific or technological research. myPERFORM has made learning a participatory, "humanised" activity, put into the local context of students, and has contributed to the development of a reflective and informed population through science.

The presentation of the myPERFORM project will be a spectacle. Literally. A show in which the monologues and theatrical sketches made by students from various schools in Barcelona will be interspersed, where we can answer questions such as; what can we do to stop climate change? How do we look for life on other planets? What new technologies are there for fighting cancer?

MyPERFORM follows from the successes of its predecessor, the European Commission funded PERFORM project, to implement performance-based science education processes in countries worldwide.

PERFORM has been a project financed by the European Commission, implemented in Spain, the United Kingdom and France. The design and implementation of pedagogical activities has been led by Big Van Science (

The Educational Centers that participated in the PERFORM project that will tell us the science from the scene are IES Moises Broggi, IES Consell de Cent and IES Castellbisbal.

SteamConf Speaker

Helena González

Graduate in Biology and Biochemistry from the Universidad de Salamanca and doctor of Biomedicine from the Universitat de Barcelona. She is passionate about genes, inheritance, genetic engineering, chromosomal instability and other molecular margins. She is dedicated to disseminating science through Big Van Ciencia, an association of which she is the director and founder (2013). She is particularly interested in science education in primary schools because her ten-year-old mind connects perfectly with this type of audience.

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Oriol Marimon

Doctor in Organic Chemistry and co-founder of the scientific communication group Big Van Ciencia, Scientists on Wheels. He is co-director of the R+D+I Department and director of International Projects for Big Van Ciencia. He is an author and actor of plays for scientific dissemination for all ages and has brought cutting-edge science to more than 250 000 spectators.

SteamConf Speaker

Casimiro Vizzini

Is an expert in the division of Science Policy and Capacity-Building at the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). He received his Medical Degree from the University of Palermo and after his residency he attended a master’s in International Cooperation at the French Institute for International and Strategic Affairs (IRIS) in Paris. At UNESCO, he is responsible for the EU-funded projects PERFORM on science communication and education, and InsSciDE on science diplomacy. In addition, Dr. Vizzini collaborates with the American Association for the Advancement in Science in the field of science diplomacy.


19.45 -

coffee break Conversation

Friday, April 5th

9.00 -


Different classrooms

Workshops and Conference Registration

Registration and documentation pick-up for conference & workshops.

The STEAMConf Workshops are designed to be practical and hands-on experiences. The main purpose is to share knowledge that can easily be taken to the classroom and inspire other projects. The workshops present local and international projects that aim to inspire and discover by sharing experiences between teachers and researchers.

10.00 -

Parallel Workshops

11.30 -

coffee break Coffee Break

12.00 -

Parallel Workshops

13.30 -


Provided for participants on both activities only (Conferences + Workshops)

Choose and sign up! A double bill that’s a must-see!

13.45 -


Sala Pi

Reception of front row guests

Welcome and coordination by Begonya Folch, member of the Advisory Committee

SteamConf Speaker

Begonya Folch

Musician, involved in educational transformation and the impact of art on people's education. She is a teacher in primary and secondary education, a teacher trainer and former professor at UB’s Faculty of Teacher Teaching. She has also worked for the Education Department’s Research and Innovation Area, for the School Council of Catalonia and the Jaume Bofill Foundation, on the Escola Nova 21 programme. She has been a trainer for ICE at UAB, for the Rosa Sensat Teacher’s Association and for the Department of Education. She has collaborated with ICFO’s Educators Advisory Team and has been part of the editorial committee of the journal Perspectiva Escolar. She currently works for the Area of Innovation, Programmes and Training of Barcelona’s Education Consortium, on the ‘Xarxes per al canvi’ programme (Networks for Change). (#Xarxesperalchange).


14.00 -


Conference Registration

(All sessions have simultaneous translation in Catalan, Spanish and English)

15.00 -


Conference Opening

Jordi Portabella i Calvete, Scientific Outreach and CosmoCaixa Area Director, Barcelona, M. del Mar Camacho, Director General of Innovation, Research and Digital Culture, Generalitat de Catalunya, Barcelona.
SteamConf Speaker

Jordi Portabella i Calvete

Is a graduate in Biology from Universitat de Barcelona (UB) and has a master’s degree in Environmental Engineering from UPC (Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya). Formerly he was a professor of Environmental Studies for Agricultural Engineering at the UIC (Universitat Internacional de Catalunya). Portabella also has extensive experience as a manager in the area of the environment and sciences for institutions such as the UNESCO Centre of Catalonia.

SteamConf Speaker

M. del Mar Camacho

PhD lecturer on Educational Technology at the Faculty of Education of the Universitat Rovira i Virgili (Catalonia). She has taught on graduate and postgraduate programmes related to Educational Technology, with particular emphasis on Mobile Learning and emerging technologies. Co-author of the first monograph on Mobile Learning in Spain, Portugal and Latin America, she has been leading a nationwide research on the use of tablets in schools and their impact on learning. Other international collaborations in this field include institutions such as UNESCO and the International Telecommunication Union (United Nations). She has given keynotes to international audiences and is author of more than 60 scholarly papers. Appointed Director General of Primary and Childhood Education at the Catalan Ministry of Education in July 2018 and Director General of Innovation, Research and Digital Culture in December 2018.


Welcome to the conference

Frank Sabaté, member of the STEAMConf Advisory Committee, Barcelona
SteamConf Speaker

Frank Sabaté

Teacher at Escola Projecte in Barcelona. He is passionate about programming and educational robotics and is a member of the Jaume Bofill Foundation’s scientific committee for the Educació Demà programme and of the STEAMConf Advisory Committee. He has taken part in the organisation of European editions of the Scratch Conference (Barcelona '13, Amsterdam '15 and Bordeaux '17). He is an advisor to the magnetic alliance between the Montessori de Rubí school and CIM UPC. He shares his knowledge at face-to-face teacher training sessions and on his YouTube channel "Scratch en 5 minuts".


15.20 -



Make or Break. The Imperative for Change

Anna Cutler, director of learning and research at Tate, London, UK
Local Peer: Monica Bello, curator and head of arts at CERN, Geneva, Switzerland

This presentation offers an overview of the last ten years of learning at Tate, exploring changes in practice, theoretical influences and the pragmatics of working in a large art museum. It looks at the current social and cultural landscape and suggests an imperative for change that requires us to reflect on what we need to make or break in order to generate relevant and meaningful experiences with art that meet the needs of our responsibilities to students.

SteamConf Speaker Anna Cutler

Anna Cutler

Director of Learning and Research at Tate. She has worked in cultural education for 30 years across a range of disciplines. She is known for her innovative experiments in practice and the building of new theoretical perspectives. In September 2016, she initiated Tate Exchange, a civic space aimed at building dialogue around art, society, and the urgent and complex issues facing us today.

SteamConf Speaker Mónica Bello

Mónica Bello

Is a curator and art historian. Over the last 15 years she has focused on the multidisciplinary perspectives and the narratives of today’s techno-scientific culture. She is currently the curator and head of arts at CERN, the European Organisation for Nuclear Research in Geneva. She was recently invited to be guest curator of the Audemars Piguet Art Commission for Art Basel 2018. Prior to her arrival in Geneva, among others, she held the position of artistic director of VIDA Art and Artificial Life International Awards (2010-2015) at Fundación Telefónica.


16.05 -

coffee break Conversation

16.25 -

coffee break Coffee Break

16.55 -



Designing for Tinkerability

Sebastian Martin, Tinkering Studio. Exploratorium of San Francisco, USA.
Local Peer: Òscar M. Ciuró, cultural education manager. Thinking Doing Digital, Education and MakerConvent, Barcelona.

We will delve into what it means to design STEAM-based learning experiences that fully embrace tinkerability as a way to engage young people; physically, intellectually and emotionally. When learners are tinkering, wonder and delight are ever-present – and that is fun. So why is it undervalued in education? It’s a pedagogy based on active engagement with materials and ideas aimed at cultivating curiosity. We'll highlight dimensions of learning found in tinkering; a process where teachers and learners are changing their relationships to ideas, science phenomena, and each other -- redefining what counts as learning.


Sebastian Martin

Is an educator at the Exploratorium’s Tinkering Studio in San Francisco, where visitors become deeply engaged in exploring science, art and technology through making and tinkering. Fascinated with the creative aspects of the sciences, Sebastian develops playful activities, facilitates impactful professional development workshops for educators and creates unique interactive exhibits. As a member of the Tinkering Studio, he has co-developed activities that have been re-created and adapted in many science centres, classrooms, and makerspaces. Currently he works closely with partners including the Lifelong Kindergarten group at MIT media lab, Reggio Emilia schools and the LEGO Foundation to gain a deep understanding of the best practices and latest developments in education.


Òscar M. Ciuró

Is a cultural education manager who is forever mixing education, culture and new technologies. Since 2009 he has focused on the processes that surround learning, digital manufacturing and social innovation. The MakerConvent project is an innovation process that originated from the participation of Traffic Projects in two European knowledge research and transfer projects (Formalab and Declic'in The location of the project at the Sant Agustí Convent Civic Centre is no accident. Creation processes in the DIWO area, alignment with work in the local network and the technological innovation of the centre make it an ideal space.


17.40 -

coffee break Conversation

18.00 -



Sonic Pi and Education

Sam Aaron, live coder, educator and researcher at University of Cambridge Computer Laboratory, UK
Local Peer: Carles Ceacero, multifaceted musician and teacher of musical education at the Pereanton School in Granollers, Barcelona

Sonic Pi is a free educational environment for learning to code. It is possible for beginners to code fresh beats, driving bass lines and shimmering synth riffs. All this whilst learning core computer science concepts such as sequencing, functions, variables, loops, data structures and algorithms. In this demo-heavy talk we’ll cover Sonic Pi's history — why it was created, how it evolved and what it can do today —. We'll also discuss how and why many of Sonic Pi's classroom-focussed design decisions turned out to be fantastically useful for professional musicians (and vice-versa).

SteamConf Speaker Sam Aaron

Sam Aaron

Is a live coder, educator and researcher. He was the lead developer of Overtone and Quil, creative coding projects for the (live) expression of sound and image. More recently he has created Sonic Pi, a Ruby-based live programming environment for creating music from code with a strong focus on education. By day he’s a researcher within the University of Cambridge Computer Laboratory, by night he can be found coding beats in nightclubs.

SteamConf Speaker Carles Ceacero

Carles Ceacero

Is a versatile musician and music education teacher at Pereanton School in Granollers, where he is a tutor and coordinator of LKT. Currently, he combines this task with that of ambassador for the (#STEAMCat) plan in the Maresme and Vallès Oriental regions. He is also a board member of the AEMCAT (Association of Music Teachers of Catalonia) and deeply involved in the creation of STEAM projects that arise from the needs of the music classroom.


18.40 -

coffee break Conversation and Live Music Performance

Saturday, April 6th

10.00 -



Engagement First, Pathways to Intrinsically Motivated Learning

Gever Tulley, Brightworks School founder and education architect, San Francisco, USA.
Local Peer: Mariona Cíller, co-founder of SokoTech, Barcelona

Looking back at 12 years of experiments in creating highly-engaging learning experiences, Gever Tulley will share his infectious optimism and some new ideas that may pave the way to more engaged students and provide a glimpse of what the future of education may look like.

SteamConf Speaker

Gever Tulley

Is an author, speaker and computer scientist. In 2005, he founded Tinkering School, afterschool and summer programmes involving the use of real tools, materials and problems to encourage students’ love of learning, curiosity about the world, tenacity to think big and persistence to do amazing things. Most recently in 2011, Gever created Brightworks, a K-12 private school in San Francisco where students explore an idea from multiple perspectives with the help of real-world experts, tools and experiences; collaborate on projects driven by their curiosity; and share their findings with the world.

SteamConf Speaker

Mariona Cíller

Co-founder of SokoTech. University of Illinois B.F.A, M.Sc. and Assistant Professor. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Fab Academy graduate. In 2015 she co-founded SokoTech, a laboratory dedicated to social innovation projects that focus on the arts, science and technology.


10.45 -

coffee break Conversation

11.05 -

coffee break Coffee Break

11.35 -



Bringing assessment culture to the 21st century – the power of innovative assessment

Juuso Henrik Nieminen, Mathematics Education Research Group, University of Helsinki, Finland.
Local Peer: Caterina Calsamiglia, ICREA Research Professor at the Institute of Political Economy and Governance (IPEG)

In 0.51 seconds, a Google search brings you over 139 million results for “21st century skills”. No doubt, educational levels from elementary schools to universities are buzzing about lifelong learning, metacognitive skills and critical thinking. However, even though curricula around the world are starting to value these skills, assessment culture lags behind. This is also true in Finland, where the new national curriculum in 2016 introduced new ideas such as programming skills and multidisciplinary learning but left the teacher-led assessment culture largely untouched. In his talk, Nieminen will introduce the newest research results concerning digital and innovative assessment from the University of Helsinki. It is argued that the core of our assessment methods has actually been pretty much the same for hundreds of years and ‘radical’ attempts to change it have not always end well. How could digital self- and peer-assessment support accessibility, student empowerment and ownership of learning?

SteamConf Speaker Juuso Henrik Nieminen

Juuso Henrik Nieminen

Is an educational researcher and an assessment innovator from the University of Helsinki. He has taught mathematics and sprogramming at many educational levels in Finland and currently trains future teachers in Helsinki. His research field is assessment of 21st century skills, concerning how innovative digital assessment could support the development of critical thinking and lifelong learning. Nieminen also works as a special educator, striving to build a more inclusive world through both his teaching and research. Currently, he is writing books on assessment culture in Finland and on innovative mathematics education, as well as working as a pedagogical specialist at Code School Finland. In addition, he is leading a math revolution with Math Hunger, aiming to make learning mathematics both fun and accessible for everyone. In 2018, Nieminen curated the theme “What should we learn next?” at Dare to Learn, the most innovative learning festival in Finland.

SteamConf Speaker Caterina Calsamiglia

Caterina Calsamiglia

ICREA Research Professor at IPEG and affiliate researcher at CEPR. She obtained her PhD from the Department of Economics at Yale University in 2005. In 2014 she obtained an ERC Starting Grant to work on understanding the importance of the design of school choice procedures for the educational landscape and the devolpemnt of novel measures of non cognitive skills. Since 2011 she is a member of the Human Capital and Economic Opportunity group at the University of Chicago. She’s the scientific advisor of Escola Nova 21, an alliance of schools and other public and civil society institutions for an advanced education system. Her research focuses on public policy with an emphasis on school choice, educational policies, affirmative action and the measurement and assessment of non-cognitive skills.

12.20 -

coffee break Conversation

12.40 -



School for What?

Kaleb Rashad, creative director at the Gary and Jerri-Ann Jacobs High Tech High and adjunct faculty member at the High Tech High Graduate School of Education San Diego, USA.
Local Peer: Sergi del Moral, teaching and management team at the Institut-Escola Les Vinyes de Castellbisbal, Barcelona.

What if school was organised around the interests and natural curiosities of our students and teachers? What if the learning experience required you to get out of the building, observe the world, document findings and create/deliver beautifully crafted work that makes a real impact in the world beyond the school walls? The future of learning will look and feel less like school, as we currently know it, and more like students doing original, creative and meaningful work. Given the right conditions, young people will lead revolutions, invent new technologies, create new culture, new forms of expression, new genres of music and even new forms of government. With their boundless energy, they throw themselves into their work and they see old things in new ways. In this presentation, we’ll look at examples of student work, share some current experiments and show how we use human-centred design tools, methods and mindsets to make school more engaging, more interesting and more human. We will talk about the future of learning, school culture and creative leadership.

SteamConf Speaker

Kaleb Rashad

Is a creative director at the Gary and Jerri-Ann Jacobs @hightechhigh, San Diego, CA. Kaleb works alongside the dreamers and doers at High Tech High’s Graduate School of Education, Stanford d.School’s School Retool, Real World Scholars, Leadership + Design, and WildFire Education. Kaleb has taught secondary mathematics and science, served as a K-12 site leader and completed a tour in the U.S Marine Corps. Kaleb holds a BA in Human Development, two master’s degrees, and a PhD in Educational Leadership. He is the co-founder of Unlocked, Inc., a San Diego-based non-profit design organisation.

SteamConf Speaker

Sergi del Moral

Is interested in the processes of transformation that contribute to a more amiable and natural relationship between knowledge and learning. This has led him to explore how to compensate for the weight of materials and static knowledge in favour of approaches that are more focused on action, production, creation, problem solving, teamwork and learning for real life situations. He’s also interested in everything that makes assessment more of a diagnostic rather than coercive process, as well as in the classroom and community dynamics that promote autonomy, initiative and responsibility among the boys and girls. He is currently part of the teaching and management team of the Institut-Escola Les Vinyes de Castellbisbal and also forms part of the team that promotes BetaCamp, a highly rewarding peer learning experience.


13.25 -



Creating the next generation of schools

Farewell Conversation
Moderator: Eduard Vallory, director d’Escola Nova 21, Barcelona
Kaleb Rashad, creative director at the Gary and Jerri-Ann Jacobs High Tech High, San Diego, USA; Anna Cutler, director of Learning and Research at Tate, London, UK; Gever Tulley, Brightworks School founder and education architect, San Francisco, USA; Juuso Henrik Nieminen, Mathematics education research group, University of Helsinki, Finland; Sam Aaron, live coder, educator and researcher at University of Cambridge Computer Laboratory, UK.
SteamConf Speaker eduard vallory

Eduard Vallory

He is a social analyst and change manager. He chairs the UNESCO Center of Catalonia, directs Escola Nova 21 and promotes a university program to improve the professional development of teachers, commissioned by the Generalitat. He has been visiting scholar of the Department of Sociology of the New York University, after having directed the Barcelona Graduate School of Economics. He holds a Ph.D. in Political Science, a Master's in Social Sciences, a diploma in Business Management and a degree in Philosophy and Journalism. He was a research fellow at the Fitzwilliam College of the University of Cambridge, where he carried out research on education in global citizenship and the global scouting movement, published in Catalan by Proa (2010) and in English by Palgrave Macmillan (2012). He was chief of staff of the Minister of Universities, Research and Information Society of the Generalitat de Catalunya, Andreu Mas-Colell.


14.05 -



Conference Wrap Up

By Lluís Noguera, director of CosmoCaixa

SteamConf Speaker

Lluís Noguera i Jordana

Director of CosmoCaixa, the Science Museum of the “la Caixa” Banking Foundation. A graduate in Philosophy from UAB with a Masters in Cultural Management from UB and in Public Administration from ESADE, he has also studied International Cultural Relations. He has held the position of Deputy Director of the Science, Research and Environment Area at the “la Caixa” Banking Foundation developing, among others, the assessment project for the science outreach programme.