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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 further general information on the UdG’s 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. Just ask us, stating the dates, emailing to the Management Secretary’s Office We will take care of sending it to you and fetching it. We can send you around 15 posters, depending on the space available.

Further information.



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. Apply by email link
Talks webpage.

We can currently offer you the following talks:

General talks

All talks last approximately 1 hour. You are recommended to attend them in groups of, at most, 30 students. Can they be attended online? 

Main Talk ESO [Compulsory secondary education] - We Awaken Vocations: Discovering the world of engineering. What does it mean? Who there is behind it? Interactive and dynamic talking, for thinking and opening our eyes to the world of engineering.
Age: 3rd- and 4th-year ESO [Compulsory secondary education]

Discovery Workshop - Daily life of an engineer: Workshop where we work on stereotypes in the world of the engineering basing ourselves on real individuals who tell us about their everyday lives as engineers.
Age: 3rd- and 4th-year ESO [Compulsory secondary education] / 1st-, 2nd-year upper secondary school education

Main Talk upper secondary school education - The Polytechnic’s Bachelor's Degrees: What will I learn from them? How does the university work? And afterwards? Discovery of the Polytechnic’s bachelor's degrees where we see examples of professions and trades you can practise once you have completed your studies.
Age: 1st- and 2nd-year upper secondary school education

Engineering Projects - tools and resources for TDR: What is an engineering project and how does it operate in real life. We will discover useful tools for making TDRs: maps, 3D, outlines, oral and written presentations.
Age: 1st-year upper secondary school education

TAECON - play to be an engineer: educational video game for awakening vocations and an interest in STEM subjects. The game gets players involved in a story where technological challenges have to be solved in a gamified way, with a diverse range of tools and methods. Further information 

Specific talks

The talks and workshops list is dynamic and subject to the availability of speaker lecturers. 

What are materials?
The science of materials is one of cornerstones of engineering, technology and architecture. This talk will put a challenge to students to class several samples of material according to typology, properties, utilities, era of their discovery etc. These dynamics will be used for providing theory courses and team responses to the question “What are the materials”?.
Age: 4th-year ESO [Compulsory secondary education] and upper secondary school education

researching new materials
Cellulose as a renewable resource presents enormous possibilities for the development of new, more environmentally friendly materials. This talk is aimed at awakening an interest among students for research and engineering. The speaker, from the LEPAMAP research group, will present some of their research lines: production of nano-cellulose and its use in the production of paper, transparent nanopaper, aerogels for oil absorption, magnetic nanopaper, production of plastics reinforced with natural fibres...
Age: 3rd-year ESO, 4th-year ESO and upper secondary school education

Wind turbines and photovoltaic panels. On roofs, in the sea or in the fields?
The energy transition towards renewable sources and without CO2 gas emissions will require use of all available surfaces. To what extent can self-consumption facilities cover our country’s demand?
Age: 3rd- and 4th-year ESO, and upper secondary school education

Robots under the water
We will be analysing underwater robots and how we communicate with them. We will understand why the mobiles do not work under water and how we have taken marine mammals as our model for making communication networks in aquatic environments. We will deal with depth-related problems and how they can be solved.
Age: 3rd- and 4th-year ESO and upper secondary school education

Why do I get electric shocks?
We will enter the world of electric wires, as if we were an electron, and move about through home or school installations. What are differentials? And magnetothermics? We know the difference, for example, between the concepts of mass, earth, reference, or neutral? How is it possible that the Internet can be transmitted through a 220-volt AC network? What does it mean all together? We will take a deep look to clarify it all!
Age: 3rd- and 4th-year ESO and upper secondary school education

We are building the future
What will the buildings of the future be like? Promoting the profession of Technical Architecture, by opening perspectives and exploring all the possibilities: innovation and digitisation.
Age: 4th-year ESO and upper secondary school education

Smart Materials?
The scientific community all over the world is showing great interest in researching smart materials. As they are materials capable of reacting to external stimuli, by varying some of their functional properties. There are researchers at the Polytechnic School carrying out front-line research into some of these materials. You will discover more things from this talk about these materials and the research being conducted in Girona.
Age: 4th-year ESO and upper secondary school education

From digitisation of information to excess information
What is information? Raising awareness of how hard and expensive it is to store information. Talk and web videos: http://bigbangdata.cccb.org
Age: 4th-year ESO and upper secondary school education

Biomaterials in the field of medicine
Biomaterials have been used for over 100 years for replacing/repairing fabrics, thereby increasing the length and quality of citizens’ lives.
Age: 4th-year ESO and upper secondary school education

AI Applied to Medicine and Health: The Kind Face of Technology
Talk on what AI is. Explanation of several applications in Medicine and Health. Demonstration of medical and non-medical apps and sensors.
Age: 3rd- and 4th-year ESO and upper secondary school education

We feed the world
When you sit at the table to eat, what do you see on your dish? What enables us to have such a diversity of food within reach?  Outreaching and raising awareness of the processes and production of the food we consume in our everyday lives. The university bachelor's degrees that study the agricultural world, who are the professionals who feed us every day? What is the food industry’s importance?
Age: 3rd- and 4th-year ESO and upper secondary school education

Innovation in the agri-food sector’s Science and Technology? 
The activity, provided in participatory talk format, will invite reflection on agri-food science and technology. Its aim is for its students to discover the innovative science and technology of the agri-food sector and industrial processing of the food industry products until they reach consumers. The talk will be developed interactively and aimed at contributing to better knowledge of the productive sector of bio-agriculture and the technology behind our more local Quality Agricultural Industry.
Age: 3rd- and 4th-year ESO and upper secondary school education

Presentation of the Bachelor's degree in Architectural Technology and Building Construction
Everyone is clear about the environment and tasks carried out by doctors, lawyers and architects, but few seem to know what Technical Architect can do.
The main activity of Technical Architects has mostly been linked to the area of the building work management, but in actual fact they act in every stage of the process, and that enables them to deal with many possible environments, an unknown little-known fact.
Age: upper secondary school education

Climate change: what we know and don’t know (from January)
Outreach on climate change.
Age: 3rd ESO, 4t ESO and Upper Secondary School Education

An investigator in the clouds (from January)
Explaining what is the research and its career. Scientific divulging.
Age: 3rd ESO, 4t ESO and Upper Secondary School Education

Meteorology and renewable energies (from January)
Understanding because the meteorology and the renewable energies go of the hand. The Sun is the main source of all renewable energies. In this talk we will propose how the potential of a place can be evaluated through weather models.
Age: 3rd ESO, 4t ESO and Upper Secondary School Education

*Els workshops have to be carried out in our facilities

Workshop of construction
It is intended to make the participants of the need to describe constructive solutions capable of giving satisfactory answer to the current requirements that the society and our environment sue nowadays aware. Especially attention in the definition of sustainable and efficient solutions.
The workshop consists of a game in that the user has to choose and combine the different layers that can form a wall of façade closing. Made the selection and brought up the composition they are entered the data in a computer application to know the bachelor's degree of attainment of the requirements evaluated (cost, time, sustainability, efficiency and maintenance).
Age: 3rd ESO, 4t ESO and Upper Secondary School Education

Workshop of Chemical engineering
The department of chemical engineering of the Polytechnic School puts several workshops at the disposal of the institutes depending on the course in what this goes directed and the availability of some necessary resources on the part of the centre. The choice of the workshop in each case will be agreed on with the teacher of the institute. Some of this sleep workshops the production of polyurethane foams, the production of deodorant, aerogels modified for the absorption of oil, the production of bio-diesel...
Age: 3rd ESO, 4t ESO and Upper Secondary School Education

Flavors and texture of the foods (Flavors and Spherification)
In this activity what is aimed for is that the physico-chemical properties and the sensory attributes are known and texturals of the main foods that they enter to be part of the Mediterranean diet. Practical demonstration of a directed taste and to make an introduction to the knowledge of the analytical measures and handling of innovative instruments in the industry alimentary and in the kitchen of the restoration.
Age: 3rd ESO, 4t ESO and Upper Secondary School Education

Do we know what we eat?
There are foods that are elaborated through a process of fermentation, among which there are some as usual as the yoghourt, the bread, the wine or the beer. In this activity what is aimed for is that some of the microorganisms used in the elaboration of the fermented foods are known. Preparations of samples of foods fermented in order to observe the microorganisms there in the microscope will be carried out.
Age: 3rd ESO, 4t ESO and Upper Secondary School Education

BBEGIN: Band Experiment for Starting in Biomedical Engineering
Explanation of the reader of pulse rate of a digital bangle. Visualisation of the signal in state of rest and exercise.
Age: 3rd ESO, 4t ESO and Upper Secondary School Education

Workshop of industrial robotics
This workshop is carried out in the laboratory of industrial robotics of the Polytechnic. It is a laboratory equipped with 2 industrial robots: an arm of 6 axes and one of 4. The workshop consists of a first demonstrative part where it is explained how they work and how the industrial robots are programmed. In the second part the students can scroll them and make work them following the instructions of the/the tallerista.
Age: 4t ESO and Upper Secondary School Education

Workshop of pneumatics
Session carried out in the laboratory of pneumatics of the Polytechnic. In this workshop different types of pneumatic circuits will be carried out that will be able to vary depending on the knowledge of the students.
Age: Upper secondary school education

Workshop of Physics
The Physics is an experimental science, and it is important as such to be able to carry out experiments in where the concepts are applied that have been worked, in a more theoretical way, in the classroom. In this activity the students will be able to carry out experiments in a university laboratory, collecting data and analysing them until extracts a final result. Is intended, not only who go deep into the conceptual part of the experiments do, but also in the most methodological part. 2 experiments in where the concepts will be worked will be carried out of moment of inertia, magnetic field created by a bobbin.
Age: Upper secondary school education

Apply by email link
Web page of the workshops.

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.

During the period of the pandemic the workshops of technology have been canceled. 

You can consult the page of the ICE where the activities of education are published (link)


The last edition programmed of the Technochallenge was on the 16th May 2020, that it could not be carried out, and there is not new programmed date.

You can consult the information of former editions in this link.


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

II Olympiad "Engineering in the construction: constructing with wit" (edition 2022)

Organised from the Bachelor's degree in Architectural Technology and Building Construction of the UdG, together with the other Catalan universities. The objective  is to promote the scientific culture, the technology and the innovation, between the students of ESO, Upper Secondary School Education and Formative Cycles of medium and superior bachelor's degree.

This edition proposes the development of a project that relates the engineering of the construction with the sustainability. The teams will be of between 2 and 5 students. And the inn in value of the projects will be conceived as application of learning and not a critical judgement about the knowledge. (Inscriptions: of the 15 February in 1 March 2022.)

More information     Bases of the competition     Inscription

Coordinator of the Bachelor's degree in Architectural Technology and Building Construction: Jordi Soler  coordinador.gate@eps.udg.edu
Olympiads of Computer Science

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. 
Olympiads of Chemistry 

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, address your consultation to the technical director of the OQC, Dr. Carme González.
Olympiads of Physics

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. The organiser of this activity is the teacher Joan Josep Sunyol
Olympiads of Mathematics

The Polytechnic Association has the objective of recognising the talent and keeping vigil so that it stays in the territory. For this motive give economic contributions to award the winners of the technological categories of different competitions of research works. You can consult them to his web.

The Prizes for Works of Recerda of the Board of Trustees of the University of Girona
Prize to the best work in the category of industrial innovation: 1800€
Web of the prizes

The Congrés CRASHES of the University of Girona
Prize to the best research in the technological area: 500€
Web of the prizes


With the collaboration of:

Polytechnic - University of Girona Board of Trustees  

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