The school as a citizen laboratory

Vallecas, Madrid

Puente de Vallecas, Madrid From January 14th to 28th, 2020

In the framework of Cultural Creative Spaces and Cities, hablarenarte is performing a pilot on cultural collaborative politics, setting a dialogue between local agents, institutions and citizens.

As the result of a common work and reflection, the workshop programme "Experimenta en el Cole", designed by Medialab Prado in collaboration with La Kalle association and hablarenarte, aims implementing processes of citizen participation in the context of the public school, engendering a wider network within the education community and civil society of the neighborhood.

The school as a citizen lab: "Experimenta en el Cole" launches its first open call for three public primary schools of Puente de Vallecas district. The call is addressed to tutors of 4th, 5th and 6th grade in order to carry a project of collective construction in the classroom in collaboration with other members of the educational community and the support of mentors and facilitators of the programme.

¿How would a citizen lab be where the protagonists were boys and girls of public school, incorporating its principles of equity, social justice and inclusiveness?

Shaping a citizen laboratory in the context of the public school entails an intersection between the centre and its context (bringing the neighborhood closer), promoting a space for collaboration and shared learning.

Through eight workshops and several cooperative construction sessions, boys and girls will imagine projects for the improvement of their school, neighborhood or environment, dreaming up their ideas and exploring their invention capabilities together. They will be able to learn about projects built by others and contribute their ideas to improve them. And they will also learn from trial and error, from dialogue and from collaboration.


Useful information (Closed)


Friday, February 3rd, 2020.

If more than 3 centres apply, the jury will favour the participation of centres of special difficulty and will value the fact that the different neighbourhoods of the Puente de Vallecas district are represented. Likewise, in the selection criteria, priority will be given to the centres where the project can have the greatest impact.

C.E.I.P. AMÓS ACERO, C.E.I.P. LA RIOJA and C.E.I.P. EL MADROÑO are the three centers of Puente de Vallecas district that will be part of the collective construction workshops and sessions in which the students will know, imagine and build citizen innovation projects in a close bond with their enviroment. All this strengthening the collaboration between children and adults through a methodology of a citizen laboratories about experimentation and collective creation.

The program includes:

  • Receiving training for teachers in project-based learning and collaborative construction
  • Enjoying collaborative ideation and construction workshops for boys and girls
  • A visit to the Fablabteka of the La Kalle Association
  • Participating in a Citizen Innovation Laboratory


This call is part of Cultural and Creative Spaces and Cities, an international programme that highlights those grassroots artistic and cultural initiatives that actively transform public spaces and cities, and from this practice proposes a compendium of recommendations and proposals to be implemented in the European Commission. The international organisations involved are:

  • Trans Europe Halles (Sweden), European Cultural Foundation (Amsterdam), Peer2Peer Foundation (Netherlands and Greece), University of Antwerp - Prof. Pascal Gielen (Belgium)
  • Urban Laboratories: City of Lund (Sweden), CoBoi (Sant Boi de Llobregat, Barcelona), Skåne Region (Sweden), Ambasada (Romania), CIKE (Slovakia), Kaapeli (Finland) and hablarenarte (Spain).

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