Public Release:  Interactive eco-schools

A Basque industrial consortium is leading the transformation of the schools of the future supported by an R+D project within the ETORGAI program of the Government of the Basque Autonomous Community

Elhuyar Fundazioa

This release is available in Spanish.

Following current international trends based on sustainable "eco-school" education programmes, and strategies geared towards classroom digitisation (like the Basque Country's Eskola 2.0 programme), this consortium has committed itself to ICTs, energy efficiency, sustainability and ergonomic and emotional conditions as a means for driving forward the transformation of the schools of the future. During the first part of 2012 the consortium has run two workshops to create the new concept of self-sufficient interactive schools.

The comprehensive solution being proposed is underpinned by the concept of sustainable and energy-efficient architectural space comprising the latest interactive school equipment, and digital interactive teaching content; it consists of:

  • Active equipment for flexible, collaborative educational spaces.
  • Universal access system.
  • New interactive teaching systems (augmented reality systems for training, and serious games).
  • Sustainable design of the smart educational building and of the interior and exterior space for interaction.
  • Construction solutions for educational buildings that are energy self-sufficient and comfortable.
  • Smart system for the monitoring, control and maintenance of energy self-sufficient, comfortable, educational buildings that incorporate emotional scenarios for learning.
  • Environmental intelligence system that carries out the intelligent Management and co-ordination between the equipment, the infrastructure of the buildings/spaces (environments), and the teaching content.

The consortium is made up of the following companies: Burdinola, Akaba, Ojmar, Virtualware, Alecop, Giroa and LKS Ingeniera S.Coop., and has the support of HABIC --the Basque Habitat Cluster-- and Contract --a Cluster which came about to improve the competitiveness and profitability of the companies in the sector that equipsbuildings--. Mondragon University and TECNALIA Research and Innovation are also participating.


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