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107- Science, technology, engineering & art:

Gaudí as metaphor of STEAM


Upcoming sessions:

  • 107/2021: 20.09.2021-25.09.2021

  • 107/2022: 28.03.2022-02.04.2022

Price: 480€ (Included course fee, entrance to sites and museums, transportation)

Location: Barcelona (Catalonia, Spain)

Course organizer: CFAE Centro-Oeste

 Number of participants: 20 

 Certification on completion: Yes 

 Language: English 


The term STEM was first coined by the National Science Foundation (NSF) in the United States in the mid-nineties. STEM was the acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. Shortly after, at the end of the first decade of the 21st century, art education joined these four subjects to give birth to what we know today as STEAM.


In education, the use of new methodologies has increased in multidisciplinary projects. Without a doubt, they allow the incorporation of curricular knowledge of subjects such as art, science, physics, chemistry, mathematics, technology etc and, at the same time, they work on specific competences, attitudes and behaviours such as teamwork, digital competence, initiative or decision making. In these projects, technology acts as a link, either because the projects are based on creating, using or developing something new or because they need to be communicated through ICT.


In this course, we focus on the study of one of the most famous and recognized artists of the last centuries, Antoni Gaudí. Gaudí had the ability, already from the nineteenth century, to capture, analyse and integrate the characteristics of his environment in his works as an architect and as an interior designer. We will analyse how the natural structures of different plants were integrated to form new innovative structures, the mathematical connections in his works and the integration of geometry in them. All these and more, were perfectly combined by his genius artistic ability. Gaudí is a metaphor for what STEAM methodology intends, that is, to develop the curricular matters of the scientific-mathematical field, always with art as the engine that generates innovation and creativity in process.

The visits, workshops, conferences and interactive works in this course are organized with the aim of always keeping in mind the idea of how to apply all this in our teaching activities in the classroom, focusing on the 4C’s of 21stcentury skills (communication, collaboration, critical thinking and creativity) as an essential addition. Participants will have the opportunity to share their experiences in this field thus, we will be able to expand our knowledge in STEAM methodology.


Trainers will be in contact with the participants in order to solve any questions or doubts and provide advice on accommodation, airports, airlines etc. They will also familiarize participants with the website of the seminars (https://www.learntoteacheu.org/) which will be used to upload pedagogical material created during the course duration.


Day 1

  • Arrivals

  • Meeting and getting to know each other (ice breaking activities)

  • Course information (aims, concept, summary of activities)


Day 2

  • Conference: Modernism as a sign of change.

  • Walking a route of Modernism in the Eixample of Barcelona

  • Visit the Museu del Modernisme Català

  • Workshop: STEAM in my school, projects and experiences


Day 3

  • Conference:  Gaudi, nature and geometry in his works.

  • Visit The Casa Batlló.

  • Visit The Casa Milà (La Pedrera).

Day 4

  • Visit Park Güell

  • Workshop: trencadís/mosaics how to introduce this technique to the students.


Day 5

  • Visit Sagrada Familia

  • The scale models as a didactic resource. The scale models of Gaudí

  • Gaudi Experience 4D

  • Workshop. “Course portfolio: participants contribution”


Day 6

  • Reflections/Summary of the course

  • Certificates

  • Departures

*The programme is subjected to changes in case of unforeseen circumstances.

Places to visit

Active citizenship, european dimension, arts, cultural studies, ethics, philosophy, history, social science, economics, geography, science, maths, geography, environment (STEM), technology enhanced learning (TEL).

Key competences
  • Civic

  • Cultural awareness and expression

  • Mathematical, science, technology and engineering

  • Personal, social and learning

Target audience
  • Teachers & school staff from primary and secondary level, and special needs.

  • Company staff

  • School management

  • Other

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