Biel Domènech and David Mitchell, students of Batxillerat
‘Ciències del món contemporani’, known amongst students as ‘CMC’, is a subject given both in English and Catalan, where the students get to learn about the most important and fascinating side of today’s science, while at the same time enhancing their abilities in both languages.
During this year we’ve studied many different facets of the scientific world, along with gaining certain skills, such as how to make a computer graphic (as we did in the Nobel Prize project), how to write an extense story, and how to extract the necessary information out of an old text to make a critic of one (like the renown Myth of Prometheus).
This subject is taught by the English and Catalan teachers, Joan Carles Esteve and Olga Vera, respectively.
Scientists who have changed our lives
The goal of this activity was to learn a lot about many important scientists that changed how we live nowadays. That is why we were asked to produce a video documentary about a scientist. We had a list of relevant and respected scientists in order to choose one to produce the video that shows exactly why they are recognised and give some examples of the work each scientist is specialized in.
We started the activity by choosing Alexander Graham Bell as the man we would make a video of. Then we set out to start the video. But first of all, we had to do some precise and detailed research about the necessary information to produce it. We chose Bell because he produced one of the most influential inventions of all time: the telephone. This gadget evolved from the telegraph to a functional machine that allowed two people to be able to communicate with each other from a distance.
A selection of students’ thoughts in 1rBatx on CMC from each group:
Francisco Rosu (1r Batxillerat A):
“Science for the modern world is the perfect way to disconnect from the routine of every day but learning a lot as well”
Hannah Soul (1r Batxillerat A):
“I think that the subject makes us learn, and makes us get into science on current affairs in a playful way.”
Arnau Sanfeliu (1r Batxillerat A):
“CMC is a subject with a great potential focused on science today.”
Mireia Justicia (1r Batxillerat B):
“The CMC subject is very useful for learning and acquiring certain basic knowledge of contemporary science. I like the methodology of the subject, which proposes work, thus breaking the exam routine of the other subjects. It is demanding, profitable and flexible as it leaves the necessary and sufficient time to do work well.”
Josep Penya (1r Batxillerat B):
“In this new subject we learn a lot about science and we must not mock the subject because it is surprisingly useful.”
Berta Roura (1r Batxillerat C):
“This subject is often interesting but depending on the topic.”
Roger Gargallo (1r Batxillerat C):
“CMC is the subject which we get to know the most important scientists that discovered things that changed the world”
Pablo Espinosa (1r Batxillerat D):
“I think that CMC is a good subject, we’re able to disconnect a little bit when we get to the computer room. Sometimes the task we have to do is a little bit long but on the whole I think it is quite a good subject.”
Laia Coll, Anna Esquius, Joana Ciutad, Judit Andreu and Miriam Abel (1r Batxillerat D):
“CMC really helps us to learn about new specific topics and look at the world from a different perspective.We participate in many activities that help us understand different scientific topics. The best part is that the subject is not boring itself as the class is carried out with computers and the activities are always done in small groups”
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‘Ciències del món contemporani’, known as ‘CMC’, is a subject given both in English and Catalan, where the students get to learn about today’s science
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