Science and Ethics award




Instituto Rafael Casanova for “Planet B”


Instituto Rafael Casanova for "Planet B"

Institut Rafael Casanova

This project reflects the need to raise awareness of our shared responsibility for environmental pollution, focusing on the waste generated at the school and involving students in the first year of secondary education in recycling this waste. The main objectives of the project were to implement a selective collection and recycling system, reduce the use of foil, replacing it with reusable wrapping, and reduce the use of plastic bottles, replacing them with stainless steel cannisters.e.

Salesianos Pamplona for “Electronics and ASD”

Salesianos Pamplona

The project "Electronics and ASD: building bridges for communication" was undertaken by students in the first year of the Diploma in Automation and Industrial Robotics, who designed and constructed electronic devices to facilitate interaction for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). The final products included a portable multi-sensory room, a routine board and a classroom noise gauge, with the collaboration of the Navarre Autism Association (ANA) and Colegio Santa Luisa de Marillac.

Escuela Pia, Granollers for “Bioethics”


Escuela Pia, Granollers for "Bioethics"

Escola Pia de Granollers

This project aimed to raise student awareness of bioethics in scientific, social, philosophical and ethical settings, thus promoting inter-disciplinary working and reflection among students in the first year of baccalaureate. Teachers designed their teaching plan around the relationship between ethics and science. Finally, two magazines were published and distributed to all pupils.

Instituto Antoni Pous i Argila for “1,2,3 Action”

Institut Antoni Pous i Argila

The aim of this project was to provide high-quality training for professional carers looking after people in situations of dependency, addressing both the technical and human aspects of care. Through case studies simulated by amateur actors, students had the opportunity to practise communicating with service users and to address the most important ethical aspects of care provision.

Instituto Sunsi Móra for “We are an Ethics Committee”

Institut Sunsi Móra

This project sought to make bioethics accessible to first year baccalaureate students, inviting them to take part in an Ethics Committee considering an issue that affects them directly: the question of "mature minors". The aim was to involve students in identifying and evaluating the rights and duties of minors in the health context, in order to promote and develop decision-making competency based on active listening and mutual respect.



Colegio Sant Gabriel, Viladecans for "The Royal Philanthropic Vaccination Expedition"

Escola Sant Gabriel, Viladecans

This project highlights the positive effect of mass vaccination as a key contributor to improved life expectancy in our society. Through case studies, students are asked to identify ethical principles that were ignored and to evaluate these with respect to the actual or supposed benefits delivered in each example.

Escuela BetàniaPatmos for "Shall We Change?"

Escuela Betània, Patmos

The "Shall we change?" project consists of a teaching plan to help students move from being informed spectators to having an active part in bringing about the change towards sustainability. Using classroom role play, the project seeks to make students aware of the many ways in which they influence the environment and of the actions they should take to address this.

Escola Les Pinediques, Taradell for “Tree of Children’s Rights”

Escuela Les Pinediques, Taradell

The "Tree of Children's Rights" is a large sculpture created by the pre-school children and Guixot de 8 workshop, and is the fruit of a year's work using recycled materials. This project represents the children's efforts throughout the school year as they asked questions, and thought about children's rights and how to represent them in order to create figures that symbolize humanity's duty to respect these rights.

Centro San Juan de Dios, Valladolid for "Ethically Enabled"

Centro San Juan de Dios, Valladolid

This project addresses the issue of cognitive accessibility within the wider framework of universal accessibility by educating people with mental disability in a range of key ethical concepts. The project aims to promote the participation and inclusion of people with a mental disability through inclusive ethical educational activities.

Instituto Quatre Cantons, Poblenou for "Humanizing Technology"

Instituto Quatre Cantons, Poblenou

This project, completed in partnership with Fundación ASPACE (Badalona), sought to design objects that would help young people with cerebral palsy to overcome problems in their daily lives, taking as its starting point the view that technology should serve everyone. At the same time, it aimed to bring high school students into contact with the realities faced by people with cerebral palsy, and to identify some of the main difficulties they encounter in their daily lives.

Instituto Berenguer d’Entença, Vandellòs i l’Hospitalet de l’Infant, for "The Environmental Storyteller"

Instituto Berenguer d'Entença de Vandellòs i l'Hospitalet de l'Infant

The "Environmental storyteller" project aims to raise awareness of environmental issues and to develop a culture of ecology from early childhood. It seeks to do this through reflecting on the role we play in environmental issues, both as a source of problems and as a source of solutions.



Institut de Sentmenat for the project “Natural thought: kindness and hard work”

 This project seeks to raise students' awareness and their understanding of the ethical issues related to scientific and technological progress. It promotes analysis of the relationship between ethics and science, and the need to be aware of the behavioural implications of technological development. 

Second prize: “Robo-ethics: learning robotics to help,” Col·legi Mare de Déu dels Àngels, Barcelona

This project describes an innovative approach that involves transforming the subject of robotics to put ethics at the centre of the learning experience. The aim is to set technological learning applied to robots in the wider context of common sense and the investigation of the social applications of advances in robotics. And this is a project which is highly relevant to the future, with its clear objectives of raising awareness among students of the need to design robots that help society in all possible spheres.

IES A Xunqueira II, Pontevedra for the project "Mission to Mars”

This is a multidisciplinary project that brings together all the areas of learning needed for human beings to be able to live on Mars. The project addresses scientific, cultural, ethical and humanitarian issues by asking students to create a self-sustaining civilization which respects the environment and resolves ethical conflicts on the basis of understanding and dialogue.


Escola Sant Gregori, Barcelona for the project “Inter-generational solidarity and caring for the environment. Environmental ethics project”

This is an environmental ethics project that aims to involve students in the challenge of understanding and caring for the world in which we live, so that future generations can enjoy the planet they deserve. The project addresses a range of environmental issues in detail, promotes a capacity for critical thought, and encourages the active participation of children in these issues, both inside and outside school.




IES Elisa y Luis Villamil (Vegadeo), IES Galileo Galilei (Navia) and IES Marqués de Casariego (Tapia de Casariego) for the project “Bioethics in the classroom”

 Students and teachers explain their project

The project aimed to address the lack of participation by young people in social discussions and decision-making, the lack of debate around essential bioethical issues, and the lack of knowledge about the services that Clinical Ethics Committees can provide.The Ethics Committee of Área Sanitaria I from Asturias coordinated the project.

IES Rosalía de Castro (Santiago de Compostela) for the project “Ethical implications of artificial intelligence” (PRIZE)

 Students and teachers explain their projects

The project consists of a series of activities which give participants the opportunity to discover the latest advances in Artificial Intelligence and robotics, to analyze their influence in today's society, and to debate the ethical implications of these changes.

Antoni Gaudí (Sant Boi de Llobregat) for the project “Earth and humanity: hand in hand”

 Students and teachers explain their projects

This project focused on sustainability and ethics, starting from the idea that we cannot satisfy our needs without also considering the needs of others, and those of the generations to come.

La Salle, Bilbao: “Awareness, drugs and medicines: understand, learn, act"

CONciencia is a project lab designed for cross-curricular implementation at different levels and stages of the education system. The project considers the question of whether drugs and medicines constitute a global social and public health problem. In particular, it focuses on drugs and medicines as natural or synthetic chemical compounds that alter the individual's social behaviour.

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Garbí Pere Vergés, Esplugues del Llobregat for the project: “How can we introduce bioethics in schools?" (premi)

One of the principal objectives of science courses is to promote the consideration of ethical aspects with respect to biology and the other sciences. The aim is therefore to address bioethics as a part of the school's mainstream teaching, through a set of projects and activities that form part of the wider curriculum. The project consists of a series of workshops to be delivered as part of science teaching, during the final two years of primary teaching through to the end of high school.

IES Isidra de Guzmán, Alcalá de Henares for the project "Act! It’s your responsibility" (award)

This project focuses on environmental education for sustainable development, as part of the Philosophy and Religion curriculum for the first year of the baccalaureate programme. Classes are organized around collaborative learning projects to produce an action plan for students in the first four years of high school; for parents, teachers, and the local community; and for the wider society. In the second phase, younger students design their own action plan, guided and supported by the working group, thereby creating a multiplier effect.



IES Fontanelles in Les Borges del Camp for the project “Hospital Role Play” (premi)

This initiative was launched 7 years ago, and now forms part of the regular curriculum. The aim is to combine social, economic and biological issues in a role play activity in which students put themselves in the position of members of an ethics committee to construct and manage a hospital.  

InstitutJuan Manuel Zafra in Barcelona for the project “Doing science to communicate about science” (premi)

        This project aims to provide tools to students to help them to learn to do research by formulating questions, identifying and selecting the relevant information, considering the information from an ethical perspective, and communicating the results. This project involves students from the start of their secondary education across all areas of the curriculum, including extra-curricular activities.           

Escola Sant Gervasi Cooperativa in Mollet del Vallès for the project “Blood and tissue donation: scientific ethics and social reality.” (premi)

As part of this project, students learn the importance of scientific research into health and, in particular, the importance of blood and tissue donation. With the support of the Blood and Tissue Bank and voluntary associations in the city, students develop initiatives to promote the participation of the educational community in donation campaigns and in accompanying donors during the donation process.  



Garbí Pere Vergés School in Esplugues de Llobregat for the project Biotechnology and society

The "Biotechnology and society" project includes various classroom activities that have been taught for the past four years as part of the subject "Sciences for the contemporary world" which is studied during the first year of Pre-University studies.  One of the aims of the course is to advance the ethical aspects related to biomedicine and other specialties in the field of science by incorporating bioethics as a normal functional element at the center within the set of projects and activities that comprise the annual curriculum.

Solc Nou School in Barcelona for the project Lets take care of the elderly. Humanization of health project

This initiative intends to provide the pupils, on different courses at the center, not only with a vocational education but at the same time it aims to cultivate a more human aspect by introducing ethics to the profession, to work relationships and to the community service. This is achieved through different Service Learning Projects (SLP) whereby the reciprocal relationship that is established intensifies the effects of learning and providing service to the community to generate a new experience. The learning process improves the service delivered to the community because the quality of the learning is much better, and the community service gives meaning to the learning process, because student can apply what they learn directly in a real-life situation.

El Cairat Institute in Esparreguera for the project Pleasure and passion of investigation

Since 2004, El Cairat Institute has been running a project that arises from the desire to introduce and encourage the spirit for research in youngsters in all areas of the center. This educational experience encourages the learning of competencies, based on mastering the core competence of learning to learn as well as introducing collaborative work as a teaching and learning process.