Massey Students in
Mustangs had the chance of a
lifetime during this past March Break when they landed across the globe to
learn about science in Spain! Nineteen
students, along with teacher organizers Mrs. Mohan and Mr. Westbury, travelled
in order to participate in the Leadership and Science Innovation Summit in
Proud and excited to represent our community in Spain, our
mustangs touched down in sunny Madrid to finish off the long day of travel with
some walking, exploration, and eating!
Their great start
continued on into day 2, where a guided tour and a visit to Toledo, home of
Damascene steel, awaited our eager group!
Among the many stunning sights, the Reina Sophia was a crowd pleaser and
an experience to remember.
Our learners raced on into day 3 with travel by the AVE
train---- at 300 km/h no less----to Valencia for the Leadership and Team
Building Workshop by Dr. Jose Maria Buceta, PhD. Taking place at the Spanish National Soccer
Teams Training Facility, our mustangs lived up to their local reputation--- and
gained international respect--- when one of own students gave an inspiring
leadership talk, wowing the crowd!
A short walk around
Valencia concluded the successful day, and our students were refreshed for the
following day 4 at the Oceanografique and Science Centre. Here our team had an insightful behind the
scenes look at how one of Europe’s largest aquariums is run, and saw science
Day 5 continued the
novelty and excitement of science on another continent with a Molecular
Gastronomy Workshop, a tour of the astonishing architecture of Antonio Gaudi’s
masterpieces, the Sagrada Familia and Parc Guell. With a viewing of the site of the 1992
Olympics, and a scenic and informative bike ride around Barcelona, our mustangs
could definitely conclude that day 5 was an experience which enriched and
deepened their understanding of history, science, architecture, and the world
Our Massey minds were thus primed and ready to kick-off the
Science and Innovation Summit in day 6, with Speakers Pau Garcia-Mila and Pep
Torres. During this summit, inventions
to solve problems for real-world communities was explored. Students learned how to take the first steps
in innovation, explored themes such as attitudes needed to increase innovation
and inventiveness with Pep Torres, and prototyped some incredible inventions in
the first innovation workshop! One of
our own mustangs helped to introduce Dr. Maggie Aderin-Pocock, who spoke to the
inspiration and transformative power of science. Massey students took to the inspiration and
innovation in order to make the world a better place, as they helped to present
their inventions to real world problems during Innovation Idol!
Inspired and ready to take what they’d gained from this
enriching experience back to Windsor-Essex, our future innovators completed
their journey with smiles on their faces and ideas on how to utilize innovation
and science in order to make the world a better place!
the Science and Innovation Summit, Speaker Pep Torres inspired our young
learners with the notion that “Ideas for changing the world are
everywhere”. In having the opportunity
to explore and learn in a novel environment, our students will surely be able
to utilize this amazing experience as a base for further learning, growth, and
enrichment, in both their present and future lives. In venturing beyond the familiar in order to enhance
our understanding of the world, we can find motivation, enlightenment, and a
deeper appreciation of the ideas which will help to further our own growth as
learners. As our students go on in life,
while their passion for learning and growth continues, education never truly ends.