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Conference on Innovation in VET. Innovation projects 2019-2020

Conference on Innovation in VET. Innovation projects 2019-2020

On 15 October, the Minister of Education, Culture and Sport, Mr Felipe Faci, will take part in a working day dedicated to innovation in the different vocational training professional families. This initiative, from the Innovation Centre for Vocational Training in Aragon (CIFPA), coincides with the presentation of the 70 Applied Innovation and Knowledge Transfer projects that will be developed throughout the current course in Vocational Training Institutes in Aragon.

These projects, most of which are developed jointly between teaching centres and companies or institutions related to their studies, aim to promote technological, environmental and scientific innovation; improve production and service processes, as well as the management and organisation system of institutes and companies. Nor do they forget to contribute to the development of transversal competences of the students, such as teamwork, the promotion of responsibility, assertiveness, etc.

The projects presented are divided into two modalities, A and B, the first being the most diversified, with 19 authorised projects, and the second focusing on four priority lines of work: methodological innovation, industry 4.0, bioeconomics and circular economy and virtual and augmented reality simulators, where the remaining 51 projects have been authorised.

These modality B projects are broken down as follows:

  • In the Methodological Innovation line, 25 projects from 15 different centres are taking part, 8 from the province of Zaragoza, 4 from Teruel and 3 from Huesca.
  • In the line of Industry 4.0 participate 4 projects from 3 different centers, being 2 from the province of Zaragoza, 1 from Teruel and none from Huesca.
  • In the line of Bioeconomy and circular economy, 15 projects from 9 different centres participate, being 3 from the province of Zaragoza, 2 from Teruel and 4 from Huesca.
  • Finally, in the line of Virtual and Augmented Reality Simulators, 6 projects from 5 different centres are taking part, being 3 from the province of Zaragoza, none from Teruel and 2 from Huesca.

These projects focus on sectors as different as wine, automotive, fluid control, safety in the workplace, tele-assistance, beekeeping, research, recovery and promotion of native species of livestock and agriculture, augmented reality, simulators, and so on.

Tuesday's day is addressed to those responsible for Vocational Training Institutes in the morning session and to all coordinators of innovation projects in the afternoon session. The aim is to stress the need to establish new education methodologies in the Vocational Training system in order to achieve more competent, creative, innovative professionals who are closer to the current reality of the productive system.

The talk given by Esther Borao, General Manager of ITAINNOVA, which will focus on the professionals of the future, stands out. The Head of Vocational Training Service, Roberto Santolaria, will advance the strategies that innovation for vocational training are raised from the Department of Education.

Two experts in creativity, innovation and digital environments, Ana Hernández and José Ramón García Aranda, will also offer their views on the need to apply new proposals, methodologies and innovative strategies to favour both the education system and the labour and economic system.

Both in the morning and in the afternoon, a presentation of good practices of six projects that participated and were authorized in the call for the 2018/2019 academic year will be included. In this sample there will be examples of centres from the three Aragonese provinces, and from different professional families. The following is a list and summary of the projects carried out that will be exhibited, the participating centres and companies.


ELECTRIC HYBRIDIZATION OF VEHICLES WITH THERMAL MOTOR; Apart from confirming that it is possible to turn a vehicle into a hybrid, there is the power to unite many wills to motivate our students. The participation, mechanic-electricity of the automobile, sheet and paint, and manufacturing shows that the automobile is a multidisciplinary sector in which the technical part and the emotional component count. The following centres and entities have participated:

    • CPIFP Corona de Aragón (Zaragoza)
    • Miralbueno Secondary School (Zaragoza)
    • CPIFP Bajo Aragón (Alcañiz)
    • University of Zaragoza
    • 4X4Proyect
    • Florencio Workshops
    • Aragon Motor Technology Park


LEOC: THE LINKS ONLINE COURSES: The LEOC project aims to develop a tool that allows teachers to adapt and update traditional content to new technologies, through the recording of classes or video tutorials that could later be shared with students or colleagues. This will make possible the application of new methodological formulas, such as the so-called flipped-classroom, the distance class through streaming, or simply share knowledge or expand concepts with students or peers. This tool will also serve students to record themselves in the exhibition of projects, development of challenges, etc..

The premise was to achieve a hardware and software development fully integrated and adapted to the center to ensure ease of use and versatility to use it anytime, anywhere. This would remove the barrier that often prevents people - teachers or students - who want to record video tutorials do not do so for lack of technical knowledge.

The following center and company have participated:

    • Coordinating Center: CPIFP Los Enlaces (Zaragoza)
    • Participating Company: Lion Rig Studios


HEAT RECOVERY FROM AMMONIA REFRIGERATION SYSTEM V2.0: it is the result of the extension of the innovation project of the previous academic year 2017-18 proposed to culminate with the autonomous operation of our ammonia ice generator, without having to charge and dispose of the refrigerant at each start-up. The project consisted in coupling to this machine a compressor capable of sucking the evaporated refrigerant and compressing it in order to be able to condense it and regenerate it as liquid ammonia ready to enter the evaporator again and produce cold again in the form of ice cubes in the form of a bar. The construction of this extension was the responsibility of the students and teachers of the Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Training cycle who had to acquire the compressor and add the necessary accessories with the stock available in their workshops in terms of electrical and safety devices as well as support structures. With her the students of FP have had the first contact with the refrigerating machines of ammonia becoming again the first of Aragon to do it and the Institute in one of the few Educational Centers of Spain where this possibility exists.

Centre and company participating in the Project:

    • Salvador Victoria Secondary School (Monreal del Campo)
    • CRYOSPHERA S.L.P - Sustainable Refrigeration for Industry 4.0


CANFRANERO 3.0: The project involved the creation of an interactive model of almost 9 m2 incorporating 3D design, QR codes with links to 360 videos and augmented reality, robotics using Arduino. It is intended that through this model the visitor is able to know the cultural and tourist wealth of the territory. It was decided to make two trips: a train-in class (class on board the train) and an innovation train in which the directors of the Evolution Network and Innovation advisors met on board the train in a day of music, theatre, gastronomic tastings, geology explanations and the interactive model, completing the day with a training session on methodologies based on Learning and Service.

Participating centres:

    • San Alberto Magno Secondary School (Sabiñánigo)
    • IES Biello Aragón (Sabiñánigo)
    • Sabiñánigo Professional Conservatory of Music

The companies and entities that have collaborated have been:

    • Ayerbe Estación Association
    • Sabiñánigo Faculty Centre
    • Prepyrenean Businessmen's Association Prepyr
    • Canfranc Town Hall
    • Aragonese Astronomical Centre Foundation
    • Sabiñánigo Town Council
    • Regional Ministries of Territory and Tourism and of Citizenship and Social Rights of the Government of Aragon
    • Alto Gállego Region
    • Region of Jacetania
    • RENFE and ADIF


WINE WOMEN EXPERIENCE: Thanks to the collaboration received from all the members involved in the Joaquín Costa de Cariñena Secondary School, a critical spirit has been fostered which has meant that students do not see wine as an end in itself, but as a raw material which allows them to develop a professional career, whether they are men or women. The realization of the project during the extracurricular activities of the Cycle has made the students see the professional agro-food family as a whole, associating it with the idea of total quality and traceability throughout the elaboration-marketing process.

Once the project was finished, the students and especially the students of the Superior Technical Degree in Vitiviniculture expressed their satisfaction for the opportunity to meet recognized professionals, who told them about their experiences in the world of wine. A world to which each one of them arrived in a different way: family tradition, opportunity to grow, chance, but with a nexus of union, the passion that they feel for this culture, passion that they have known how to transmit to our students. This opportunity to meet successful professional women in their own workplace will improve the entrepreneurial capacity of the students who attend this training cycle, as many of them will facilitate their entry into the labour market.

Participating plant:

    • Joaquín Costa Secondary School (Cariñena)


VEHICLE REFORM WITH INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE TO ELECTRIC ENGINE: An internal combustion engine vehicle has been acquired to convert it into an electric motor. Reforms have been carried out to achieve optimum operation with an electric motor. The actions of this reform have been documented. Educational materials have been developed to disseminate the physical and technological fundamentals surrounding the operation, maintenance and reform of electric vehicles.

Participating plant:

    • Pedro Cerrada Secondary School (Utebo)

Participating companies:

    • Aragon Scraps
    • Albert Couplings
    • Gimeno Supplies
    • Voltamper