The European project SALL "Schools as Living Labs" lead by María Luz Guenaga Faculty professor and researcher at the LearningLab Research Team at the University of Deusto, is a 3-years project which started in September 2020 and, involves 12 countries and above 400 schools. SALL has as its road map to extend the "living lab" methodology. A methodology based on the identification of real and local problems, co-creation between social agents and schools to find solutions and the development of prototypes to help challenges identified to be addressed.
The Consortium was welcomed by Juan Ignacio Vázquez, Director of Deusto Institute of Technology Deustotech at the Faculty of Engineering. Sixteen colleagues from nine consortium partners were present at the SALL meeting while the others attended by hybrid means.
Along the meeting, every Consortium partner shared commonalities and differences met from their country of origin when approaching local schools and agents. The engagement of schools, local agents and stakeholders was highly emphasized along the sessions. The success of the Project relies on a closed and fluid collaboration, a participatory and collaborative methodology which connects schools with their local community and focuses on the development of STEAM areas (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics).
As part of the Agenda, a National Event opened by Rosa Santibañez, Deusto Vice-Rector for Research and Transfer followed by Amaia Esquisabel, Director of Research for the Basque Government was conducted. Pavlos Koulouris, SALL project lead coordinator gave a general view pursued by some country-case studies presentations by the Project members from Israel, the Netherlands and France to the audience. Four schools: San Félix School (Ortuella), Jesús María School (Bilbao); Madre de Dios School (Bilbao) and Urdaneta School (Loiu) presented the projects carried out with SALL project support and two Stakeholders: AZTI TECNALIA and AUSOLAN shared the challenges they face on their participation.
The University of Deusto, as SALL National Coordinator in Spain, will support the schools in the implementation of this project and in the mediation with the social agents of the related local Communities.
Should any school or local agent be interested in knowing more about this event and/ or in joining this initiative, please contact the University of Deusto via e-mail email@example.com.