On Thursday 21 March 2019, we embarked for Luxembourg with students from Cardinal Xavierre School, representing ICIJA at the “Expo-Science Luxembourg”.
This trip was made possible by the MOBISCIENCES 2019 project through the Erasmus+ scholarships, in which five countries take part: Luxembourg, Belgium, Morocco, France and Spain.
As soon as we landed, we were picked up and taken to the Youth Hostel, where we stayed during these days. Due to a delay in the flight to Luxemburg, everyone was sleeping when we arrived, so we went to the sceptre of the city to have dinner. On Friday 22nd we got up early and during breakfast, we met most of the participants who were going to accompany us during this experience, coming from different countries, Austria, Morocco, India, Belgium, Kyrgyzstan, Slovenia and even another group of Spaniards who were coming from Magma (Barcelona).
After breakfast, the participants had a very interesting talk about mathematics and, after lunch, they went to a scientific centre where there were some interactive games and also to two laboratories, one for plastic chemistry and another for metals.
In the evening, after dinner, we were given some free time, and all the Spaniards got together to go for a walk around the city.
That same day, we celebrated the cultural night, in which each delegation explained a little bit about their customs and, on many occasions, they dressed in their regional costumes and performed the regional dances. At the end of the presentations, we went for dinner, which consisted of the typical food that each country had brought. It was a very good opportunity to soak up the different cultures that attended the congress.
On Sunday 24th, all the participants took part in a workshop they had previously chosen. They were given four workshops to choose from, and our kids chose the one on “Logo-Designing”, which consisted of learning how to design your own logo with the Illustrator program. It was a fun workshop and the kids came with some very original logos.
After lunch, the doors of the congress opened and the exhibitions started. The kids were very successful with their project, everyone wanted to try on the virtual reality glasses, and they loved the idea of including them as an aid in school teaching.
After the closing ceremony, we had some time to dismantle the stands. As we left the building we saw how the organization had prepared some tables for dinner together, and outside there was a “food truck” of Indian food. It was a very funny dinner, but also a bit sad because it was all over and we had to say goodbye to all the friends we had made these days.
On Monday 25th we had breakfast with the delegations that had not yet left. And throughout the morning, taxis were arriving to take us to the airport.
The kids loved the experience and decided to continue being part of our association as volunteers. They are eager to continue enriching themselves and learning from other countries through these congresses.