AcademiaCAP is an educational project that focuses its activities on the establishment of a constructivist approach to children's and young people's learning in areas such as science, technology, art and heritage.
Constructivism is a theory of knowledge that argues that "humans generate knowledge and meaning from an interaction between their experiences and their ideas" (Spodek, B. e Saracho, O. 1998: 73). In this sense, the Academy plans to offer the local youngsters a number of activities that allow to build knowledge based on experimentation, including the manipulation of real materials and the execution of tasks where children (or youngsters) can question, observe, reflect, build and create. The Academy also wants to raise children's and young people's awareness to the significance of cultural heritage, fostering active participation in its protection and preservation.
The Academy's members and collaborators involved in the preparation and implementation of scientific, cultural and artistic activities have high-level technical, scientific and educational qualifications. Composed by researchers in a wide range of fields such as biology, chemistry, mathematics, physics, environment, arts, conservation and restoration, tourism and several engineering sectors, the team is in constant renewal.
It should be noted that in order to develop this project, we will establish interactions with the local community fostering close relationships between the local population and IPT's scientific community.