Lugo, 21 of October 2019 – Boeing and FIRST Scandinavia celebrated today the launch of the Mobile Newton classroom in the Spanish city of Lugo (Galicia). The classroom has been placed in the central square Praza Horta do Seminario.
In cooperation with Boeing, the mobile classrooms will introduce the Newton concept to students, teachers and educational authorities in Europe. Newton is active STEM education that focuses on learning through practical and exploratory activities. Spain is the first country where the concept has been presented. The Newton classroom will subsequently travel to Poland, The Netherlands and Germany.
The classroom consists of two containers, each expanding to 35m2 to create a 70m2 classroom. The classroom has a laboratory, workstations and an amphitheater, quality assured by educational specialists. The Mobile Newton Room will provide visitors with a taste of the STEM-education normally conducted in permanent Newton Rooms.
Since 2013, Boeing and FIRST Scandinavia have partnered on different projects, among others the establishment of the Newton Flight Academy in Bodø, Norway. In June 2018, FIRST Scandinavia was chosen as Boeing’s official STEM partner, and the Newton concept is being introduced in nine European countries through mobile solutions and permanent venues.
“We are really proud to have Spain as the first country to implement the Newton project,” Antonio De Palmas, Boeing Managing Director for Southern Europe commented. “Thanks to our partnership with the Galician regional government, and to the support of FIRST Scandinavia, we are creating a game-changer approach to STEM education that will give us the opportunity to reach more than 550 students. A further testament of our strong commitment to Spain and its local communities.”
Local school-classes in Lugo will be able to visit the Mobile Newton Room for three weeks and experience a demo-version of the educational program “Up in the air with numbers”. During the half-day program, students will learn about mathematical concepts through an aviation focus. The activities include creating a flight plan and flying in simulators. The initiative is led locally by the Xunta de Galicia (Galician regional government) and the Concello de Lugo (Lugo Municipality).
“We are pleased with the strong collaboration between Newton, Boeing and the Xunta de Galicia. In order to spread Newton and our STEM education we are depending on good relationships with partners. We feel confident in our partnerships in Lugo and that our values align: to provide as many children as possible good experience and feeling of mastery with STEM subjects,” Managing Director Stian Elstad said.
About the Newton Concept
The Newton concept is developed and administered by the non-profit foundation FIRST Scandinavia in collaboration with teachers, academic institutions and corporations. Over 40 Newton Rooms have been established in Norway, Denmark and Scotland, and through the partnership with Boeing the concept will be introduced internationally. Read more at newtonroom.com.
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