The new classroom of the CFGM is inaugurated at the Museum of Technology

From this academic year, the Middle Degree Training Course for the Manufacture and Ennoblement of Textile Products, has a workshop in the Technical Museum, as a result of the collaboration between the City Council of Manresa, the Department of Education and the Fundation Aigües de Manresa – Junta de la Sèquia.

Companies from the Bages region, but also from other places in Catalonia, have worked disinterestedly in the start-up of the workshop, providing machinery, threads, flakes, fabrics, chemicals, etc., which shows the great involvement of companies to support the cycle.

The facilities of the workshop that is inaugurated today are complemented by the stamping, finishing and finishing laboratories that are located at the Institut Guillem Catà. All in order to enable the content of the training cycle to be taught in a more practical way.

After 26 years without textile studies in the city, the training cycle began in the 2017-18 academic year, programmed by the Department of Education, as a result of the demand of entrepreneurs in the sector, due to the need to have qualified staff, and the impetus of the association of senior professionals Gest !. Regarding the workshop, the City Council made a search for spaces, and finally it was decided on  the Museum of Technology, in the sector where there is also the Ribbon Museum.

The director of Fundació Aigües de Manresa-Junta de la Sèquia, Laia Muns, recalled that “from the Museum we have worked hard to leave the facilities ready and adapt the restoration workshop to host the workshop for the students of the cycle formative. We believe the effort has been worthwhile. ”

This course will be the first promotion of students of the Training Cycle. At the moment 7 students make first course, and 7 more do second.

We participated in the National Congress of Environmental Education

Last Friday, November 16th, the Parc de la Sèquia, together with the Consorci del Bages for waste management, and the Bages Learning Camp, presented, within the framework of the National Congress of Environmental Education, a joint educational experience.

The educational experiences of the National Congress of Environmental Education, are actions of environmental education that have been carried out from the alliance between entities. In this case, the good joint work of these three entities was a decisive point to be chosen, among the 85 candidatures, to be presented at the Congress. The experience that was presented was entitled “We make the Bages network for environmental education”.

The National Congress of Environmental Education wants to be a space for reflection, discussion and the construction of knowledge of and the professionals of the environmental education of Catalonia that allows us to assume our challenges in the formation of the citizenship and to advance together towards a more sustainable future.

The biological management of a singular water reservoir

Everyone who has walked calmly at the Agulla’s Park will realize that there is a huge artificial lake. The Agulla’s Lake occupies 6 hectares and allows to store about 200,000 cubic meters of water that is used for human consumption. The lake receives the water from the Sèquia and was conceived as a large reservoir to guarantee the supply to the population when the water flow to the Sèquia is interrupted temporarily for maintenance work. The lake is connected to the Potable Water Treatment Station of Manresa, responsible for purifying the water and providing it with all technical and healthcare guarantees to the population.

But Agulla’s Lake is much more than a reservoir of water! More than a decade ago, it has ceased to be a passive accumulation of water and is actively managed as a phase of pretreatment of water before being purified.

The biological management of the lake means control and interaction in different natural processes, but also detect, anticipate and anticipate new challenges. In the lake, it is striking, that there are aquatic plants in a floating bed. Its function is to capture and retain nutrients (nitrogen and phosphorus) of water. Aquatic plants compete with microscopic algae for nutrients, resulting in a reduction in the organic matter of water that reaches the water purification plant. This fact, together with the addition of permanganate to the water in the traffic towards the water purifier, contributes to improve the taste and the smell of the water and reduces the formation of trihalomethane compounds.

The aquatic plants are given periodically to extract from the lake the plant biomass that contains the nutrients and the trapped organic matter. With this same goal we can collect floating filamentous algae. The diversity of plants is high, it exceeds 25 species, and the dam can be selective. Aquatic plants provide biodiversity in space and allow, for example, the presence of an important population of dragonflies and birds.

Underwater control of the lake is carried out using an echo sounder that records images of the bottom for the control of sediments and the counting of fish. Control of fishing activities and the evolution of the fish population allow foreseeable mortality episodes related to an unsustainable population increase. The lake sediment tank stays stabilized by means of a mobile suction system that avoids excessive accumulation. In the sediments of the lake there is an important population of anodontic naias, an autochthonous freshwater mollusc, filtering, measuring up to 20 cm, which was detected in 2011 and is a good indicator of the quality of the water.

Bird populations that are especially sensitive to avian influenza are also monitored. The large flock of silver-plated gulls, long before frequented by the lake, are wound up with an acoustic system. In short, multiple biological actions aimed at improving the quality of water and the sustainable management of the resource.

Josep Illa, technical director of Phragmites SL

More than 400 people have approached this weekend at the Museum to play Kapla

On November 10 and 11, the Manresa Technical Museum hosted two Kapla game days. There were 8 zones and spaces of play, all of them with the pieces of Kapla as protagonists: a space of free play -which can create their own constructions-; a collaborative construction -simulating the construction of the Sèquia-; a domino space-where a piece makes the next fall and so on; the construction of an ideal city; the elaboration of a mandala; a play space for the little ones; a zone of challenges and a space of projections of constructions and destructions.

The CAE makes a very positive first evaluation of this activity, waiting for the next days to be able to carry out a more exhaustive evaluation with all the people involved – the organizing team, monitors and monitors, collaborating entities, etc…

This was the first time that the CAE organized an activity exclusively with Kapla and, also, one of the first to be done in Catalonia.

The Kapla is a construction game created by Tom van der Bruggen from rectangular wooden pieces. The pieces maintain a ratio between their sides of 1: 3: 5 and this allows for quite sophisticated constructions. Kapla is an apt and interesting game for both grown and young. Beyond being an entertaining and exciting game, it is being used in many schools for educational purposes because it allows working on the geometry of space, the coordination of movements or collaborative work, among other skills.

The event was organized by the CAE with the Fundació Aigües de Manresa-Junta de la Sèquia and with the collaboration of the La Xarranca Foundation and the Ludambule Ludoville, from France.

The Technical Museum of Manresa renew the environmental quality guarantee emblem

The Technical Museum of Manresa has renewed the Environmental Quality Guarantee emblem from the Department of Territory and Sustainability of Generalitat de Catalunya, for the category of cultural facilities: Libraries, Museums and Collections.

The Technical Museum obtained this certificate in 2015, being the first Bages museum to obtain it for its category. The current renovation is valid for three years, until 2021.

The Environmental Quality Guarantee emblem is the Catalan organic labeling system that recognizes products and services that meet certain requirements of environmental quality, above what is established in current regulations. In this case, the criteria of efficiency and energy saving, water saving, waste management, noise and vibration and general management, among others, are taken into account.

The Kapla game will occupy the Museum of Technology

The CAE and the Fundació Aigües de Manresa – Junta de la Sèquia have organized a recreational activity at the Museum of Technology from the construction of the Kapla building on the weekend of 10 and 11, with 8 play areas and 20,000 pieces for playing.

The CAE and the Fundación Aigües de Manresa-Junta de la Sèquia will bring more than 20,000 pieces of the Kapla game to the Technical Museum so that Kapla participants in the Museum can play, build, experiment … as of This game of construction. There will be 8 zones and spaces of play, all of them with Kapla’s pieces as protagonists: a free play space -which can create their own constructions-; a collaborative construction -simulating the construction of the Sèquia-; A domino space – where a piece is making the following fall: the construction of an ideal city; the elaboration of a mandala; a play space for the little ones; a zone of challenges and a space of projections of constructions and destructions.

The activity will be held on Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 November at the Museum of Technology, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The participation is free and does not require any previous inscription.

Kapla at the Museum will also have a formative evening, with the programming of the Games workshop in the classroom: the kapla and its educational possibilities that will also be held at the Museum of Technology, on Tuesday, November 13, from 6 to 8 of the late This workshop is aimed at teachers, teachers and educators and will be taught by Toni Viader. In this case, it is necessary to register in advance. The cost of registration is € 10.00 which entitles you to participate in the workshop and have Kapla material for a week.

This is the first time that the CAE organizes an activity where exclusively the Kapla is used, and one of the first ones that are made in Catalonia. Habitually, the CAE has been incorporating Kapla into its leisure activities – in the Week of Games on the Street, in the Tasting of Games … – or in the activities that it does to the schools – scholastic, welcoming, extracurricular, …

The Kapla is a construction game created by Tom van der Bruggen from rectangular wooden pieces. The pieces maintain a ratio between their sides of 1: 3: 5 and this allows for quite sophisticated constructions. Kapla is an apt and interesting game for both grown and young. Beyond being an entertaining and entertaining game, it is being used in many schools for educational purposes because it allows to work on the geometry of space, the coordination of movements or collaborative work, among other skills.

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