The Super Turtles: from young people at risk of social exclusion to self-esteem champions

The Super Turtles are a group of eight high school students with five different nationalities that live in a depressed neighbourhood of San Juan de Aznalfarache, in Seville. Their accomplishment? Making it to the Spanish final of the popular science and robotics contest First Lego League. Their award? An experience that has increased their motivation for their studies, and mostly, an attitude that is hard to find in young people at risk of social exclusion and that makes them to be confident about achieving all the goals they set themselves. Centres with difficulties, like the San Juan High School, have counted on the financial support of the Andalusian Government and Vodafone Spain to cover the expenses generated by the participation on this contest.

Innovative teaching that involves families awarded by UNESCO

Francisco Cid is a teacher from the Quintanilla Public School, located in San Fernando, Cádiz. He received the Award to Excellency and Innovation in Education 2016 given by the World Association of Early Childhood Educators, an entity under UNESCO. This award recognised a teaching method that he began to apply in 2009 with the intention of making families get involved in the student’s education. It is based on questions that interest or worry first graders, which are registered to work on them during second and third grade, with a frequency of one per week, basing on activities designed by the families in collaboration with the teacher.

University training to become an expert on olive oil tasting

The University of Jaén teaches the only university expert-level course on extra virgin olive oil tasting in the world that is supported by the International Oil Council. Every year, 30 students from different parts of the world assist to this course to obtain their official taster certificate, a specialisation that is highly demanded in the sector. This training allows them to acquire the skills need to categorise the quality level of extra virgin olive oils and improve production at an international level.