Tabakalera organises a meeting to design open laboratories in the educational field | Tabakalera - Donostia / San Sebastián
25-04-2017 13:45

Tabakalera organises a meeting to design open laboratories in the educational field

This morning, Ane Rodriguez Armendariz, cultural director of Tabakalera, together with Diana Franco, head of Hirikilabs, and educational processes researcher and designer Susanna Tesconi, presented the meeting “From the classroom to the laboratory” to be held on 5 May in the International Centre for Contemporary Culture.

Ikasgelatik laborategira (From the classroom to the laboratory) is activity aimed at education professionals which seeks to answer various questions and propose new ones. What obstacles do we find when creating open laboratories? And how do we overcome them? How to adapt the methodologies, the education material, etc, to new technologies? What are spaces for creativity like?

In schools we called the laboratory the space and/or cross-cutting activities used so that pupils, based on an experimental application, can assimilate the knowledge, skills or capacities they are required to learn. This cross-cutting nature of the laboratory space and activities makes it possible to learn and create in a more open, dynamic, critical, practical and collaborative way. We see the laboratory as a space to innovate in education, where pupils acquire other skills related to creativity, group work or autonomy and initiative.

Hows, whys and what fors

This meeting to design open laboratories in the educational field will highlight the work process – a Hirikilabs initiative – carried out over almost two years. Throughout this time, a group of educational professionals have compared their experiences with the objective of analysing the hows, whys and what fors relating to people’s use of technology and in particular its use in educational contexts. This process has resulted in a document that brings together recommendations of good practices for addressing the idea of ​​laboratories in the educational field, whose publication, coordinated by Susanna Tesconi, will be presented at the meeting.

“From the classroom to the laboratory” will be attended by guests such as Ista  Boszhard (Waag Society - Amsterdam), Inés Bebea (Ondula - Madrid) and Lucía Arias (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology - Liverpool), who will share their respective experiences in talks throughout the morning, while in the afternoon various practical activities will take place, facilitated by some of the teachers who have participated in the study and in the writing of the document: Jabi Luengo, Jokin Lacalle, Eneko Apalategi, Ibon Burgoa, Iñaki Zarauz and Susanna Tesconi herself.

Attendance at the event is free with prior registration through the Tabakalera website: From the classroom to the laboratory.Meeting to design open laboratories in the educational field. The talks can also be followed live through the link





9:30 Accreditation of participants
9:45 Welcome and presentation of the event.
10:00 Presentation of the publication. Susanna Tesconi (+participants in the process)
11:00 Break and breakfast
11:15 Talks / presentations of several experience. (You can also follow it on:

Lucia Arias (FACT)

Inés Bebea (Ondula)

Ista Boszhard (Waag Society)


13:30 Lunch at Tabakalera
15:00 Unblocking strategies. Practical activity

How do we finance the creation of the laboratory? Moderated by Jabi Luengo

Management of the laboratory by pupils, teachers and the school community. Moderated by Jokin Lacalle

Introducing laboratories in the curriculum. Moderated by Eneko Apalategi

What do we do when a project gets stuck? Moderated by Ibon Burgoa

Strategies for emotional management. Moderated by Susana Tesconni

Fear of programming. Moderated by Iñaki Zarauz


16:30 Presentation of the call by Hirikilabs for the creation of open educational material.
17:00 Closure of the event