Polytechnic School

Relationships with Secondary Schools

Polytechnic School

This space aims to be the entry portal to facilitate interrelation between secondary and polytechnic education. We believe there is a need to strengthen, broaden and improve the university’s links with secondary education and higher education systems, particularly disseminating the research and technological development carried out by the School as a way of promoting vocations in science and technology as well as disseminating advances made in these areas.

In the different sections, we present you with activities and information that we think may be of interest to you. Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Assistant Manager of Students and Relationships with Secondary Schools.

Would you like to get to know the Polytechnic School? Open days (JPOs) are designed specifically for you to get to know the university. Coordinators will explain the courses we offer and show you around our buildings.

For more general information about University of Girona open days, please see this page.

If you would like to come over as a group on another day for a more personalised visit, please contact the Assistant Student and Secondary-School Relations Manager.

Every year the Polytechnic School at the University of Girona awards the best bachelor's degree theses. Students participating in the awards produce a poster with the results of their work, which are exhibited in the Polytechnic hall on awards day. We have two collections of 15 posters, printed on size A0 foam board. 
 

We would like to offer you the chance to temporarily display last year’s posters in your centre. All you need to do is ask us, indicating the dates, by sending an e-mail to the School Secretary. We will be responsible for delivering the posters and for coming to collect them afterwards. We can send you around 15 posters, depending on the space available.

 

News item: in January and February 2018 the Produce, Process and Production Engineering research group at the University of Girona, in collaboration with the Girona School of Industrial Engineers, organised a series of talks entitled: "I want to be an engineer". The talks were held on Wednesdays from 7-8.30 pm at the Industrial Engineering School of Catalonia - Girona Branch, Carrer Narcís Blanch, 39, 17003 Girona. 

We would like to offer you the chance to host scientific and technical talks at your centre, explaining what we do here at the Polytechnic school, both from the point of view of the courses that we offer and the research that we do. The talks are geared towards the public, from the top year of compulsory secondary education to upper secondary school education and vocational studies. 

We can currently offer you the following talks, in different areas:

  • Innovation
    • Educational use of augmented reality (Ramon Fabregat)
    • Research in renewable natural products, here and abroad (Fabiola Vilaseca)
    • The potential of cellulose in today’s world: the case of LEPAMAP at the Polytechnic school of Girona (Pere Mutje)
    • From digitalisation of information to excess information (Miquel Feixas)
  • Technology
    • Industrial engineering at the Polytechnic school (Antoni Pujol)
    • What are materials? (Jordi Farjas)
    • Climate change: what we do and do not know (Josep Calbó Angrill)
    • A researcher in the clouds (Josep Calbó Angrill) 
    • Meteorology and renewable energy (Josep Calbó Angrill)
    • Are mobiles and aerials dangerous for health? (Xavier Casamitjana Vila)
  • Chemical engineering
    • Biomaterials in the field of medicine (José Alberto Méndez)
  • Agricultural engineering
    • Feed the world (Luis Bosch)
    • From precision agriculture and stockbreeding to innovative and quality feed (Jesús Francés)
    • The ‘flavours’ and texture of quality foods (Jesús Francés and Carme Carretero)
  • Computer engineering
    • Focus on your future career: IT is applied everywhere!  (temporarily inactive)
  • Construction
    • Building the future (Jordi Soler)

Information session conducted in your centre (1hr)

One-hour long session introducing the profession and the various employment possibilities offered by the Bachelor's Degree in Technical Architecture and Construction. If you work in any aspect related to the world of building or construction, we are open to requests to help us personalise or focus the presentation more.

Construction workshop to be held at the Polytechnic School (EPS - 1 1/2 hours) (See sheet)

We would like to offer you the chance to take part in a construction workshop at our centre. 
We will present a challenge, identify a solution and analyse its behaviour (through tests and essays).
The challenge consists of designing a wall enclosing a façade (multilayer).

It is organised by: Department of Construction Architecture and Engineering
Contact: ester.gifra@udg.ed

Workshops for secondary school teaching staff and/or secondary school pupils

  • The flavours of food
  • We know what we eat

Organised by: commission for the promotion of agrifood.

Contact: Jesús Francés

We would like to invite your to take part in a challenge! A team made up of professors from the Polytechnic School and the technology teaching group of the ICE (Institute of Education Sciences) at the University of Girona is organising the Tecnorepte challenge. We will present you with a technological problem, so that you can work as a group (the whole class together) to provide us with a solution within the deadline.

This year is the third edition. On the Tecnorepte web page you’ll find all the information you need about the challenge.  We look forward to seeing you. 

Every year we offer a series of technology workshops within the education plan for secondary school teaching staff. These workshops tackle basic and at the same time specific subject matters on some practical aspects of technology and engineering, allowing secondary school teaching staff to explore these subjects in-depth and giving them the opportunity to work in the Polytechnic School laboratories.

The 5th edition took place from January-March 2018. This year, 3 courses were on offer (15 hours of teaching + 5 hours outside the classroom):

  • Characterisation of materials (24 and 31 January)
  • Computer control (7 and 14 February)
  • 3D printing (21 and 28 February)

You can sign up here
Consult the programme for this edition’s courses in the attached document.

The School accommodates preparatory sessions and selection tests for the Olympiads in different disciplines: Computer Science, Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry. Contact the coordinators for more information.

Computer Science Olympiad

The sessions are open to upper secondary school pupils. The beginning of the sessions will be announced ahead of the coming year. 

Coordinator: Joan Surrell.
IT and Applied & Statistical Mathematics Department. 

Chemistry Olympiad 

The Polytechnic School at the University of Girona is the stage of the Chemical Olympiad of Catalonia (OQC),where the tests for the Girona region are carried out. Tests also take place in Lleida, Tarragona and Barcelona at the same time. The 21 best pupils in Catalonia are classified, who receive the corresponding certificate from the Official School of Chemists of Catalonia. The seven best pupils enter the state phase. Pupils who qualify for the state phase represent Spain in the international and Latin American phases.

The Catalan Chemistry Olympiad is organised by the Official Catalan Chemists’ Association and is held every year around the start of March. The state phase takes place during the month of April, the international phase in the month of July and the Latin American phase in September or in October.

The aims of the Chemistry Olympiad of Catalonia are to stimulate the interest of secondary school pupils in chemistry, establishing bridges between secondary education and the university in this discipline. The aim is also to motivate teaching staff to apply a more experimental and applied method closer to real-life.

The OQC tests contain ten questions (theoretical questions, calculation exercises, questions related to the laboratory and formula/nomenclature of chemical compounds). The syllabus that the pupils have to prepare includes the two top years of upper secondary school education, the first in its entirety and the second up to section 4. The duration of the tests is 3 hours.

The chemistry teacher at each centre voluntarily prepares pupils.

For more information, please contact the technical director of the OQC, Dr Carme González.

Physics Olympiads

The Physics Olympiads is organised by the Catalan Society of Physics, which belongs to the Institute of Catalan Studies. Every year the test for the Girona region takes place at the University of Girona (EPS) under the supervision of a professor from the Department of Physics. Professor Joan Josep Sunyol organises this activity.

Mathematics Olympiads

If you need support carrying out research projects, you can contact the following persons, according to the subject areas: 

The University of Girona, through the Board of Trustees, has awarded the best works of research in the different areas.

Prizes in the technology category

Prizes in the architecture, urban planning and city category

With the collaboration of:

Polytechnic - University of Girona Trust logo  

University of Girona - Social Council logo