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Barcelona Science Park takes part in YoMo for the third year running

Barcelona Science Park (Parc Científic de Barcelona, PCB) takes an active role in the 3rd edition of the Youth Mobile Festival (YoMo), which today opens its doors at the La Farga de L’Hospitalet exhibition centre, as part of the Mobile World Congress (MWC19 Barcelona). Over five days, YoMo will welcome around 20,000 students visiting from across Catalonia and the rest of Spain, in a huge exposition of science and technology, with live theatre shows, interactive workshops and other offerings to inspire thousands of young people and bring them closer to professional careers in the mobile ecosystem and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics).


YoMo is part of mSchools, a programme to help students and teachers to effectively integrate mobile technologies into the classroom driven by the Mobile World Capital Barcelona Foundation, sponsored by the Ministry of Economics and Business, the Regional Government of Catalonia, Barcelona City Council, Fira de Barcelona (Barcelona’s trade fair institution) and GSMA, and which also has the support of private companies that contribute to the development of the digital ecosystem in the city.

In this edition of YoMo, over a hundred public and private companies from the scientific and technology fields will take part, including Barcelona Science Park, which will be in attendance on Tuesday 26 February with its own stand in the Science space, where it will offer an interactive workshop “Investigate with cells and genes” aimed at students and their teachers to experience and discover the scientific world first-hand.

The activities will be led by Montserrat Romero and Ignacio Castrillón, researchers from the Laboratory of Mitochondria and Complex Metabolic Diseases of the Biomedical Research Institute (IRB Barcelona), who will work closely with participants to conduct an experiment as part of a research project that is currently ongoing at the PCB laboratories. And they will do this using the experimental protocols, techniques, instruments and materials that scientists routinely use.

Furthermore, taking advantage of the occasion of MWC19 Barcelona, PCB will present a new mobile application RecercAPP- A laboratory in your pocket! which, through augmented reality, enables laboratory experiments from the PCB Research in Society programme to be conducted. Those attending YoMo will be the first to use it –trying out the “Investigate with cells and genes” activity on their mobile phones– and testing to what extent new technologies and applications can help us to teach science and other curricular content.