Play and learn with a mobile phone inside Sagrada Familia

Image | Barcelona City Hall

For many people, Barcelona is a truly Mediterranean city: open and cosmopolitan and with a hint of something special in the breeze. Those who visit it take something unique away with them: memories of Gaudí’s architecture, which doesn’t leave anyone indifferent. If you’ve never seen it before, you’ll be fascinated by the impossible curves and striking colours, as well as the originality of the buildings.

One of the greatest icons of the city is the Sagrada Família Basilica, a Catholic church still in construction (it’s expected that the works will be finished in 2026), where Antoni Gaudí’s Art Noueau vision will impress even those already used to his work. This is a very original basilica which, just like Gaudí’s other projects, aims to imitate nature and leave visitors astonished by its beauty.

Obviously the Sagrada Familia already offers audio guides and similar so that anyone who wishes can learn about and enjoy all the details of the construction. Furthermore, a programme of educational visits for primary and GCSE level students, which uses mobile technology as a focal point for the experience is currently being developed.

Students are lent a tablet (a dream come true for the youngest) as a learning tool. Using this, they must complete games which require them to naturally go around discovering the most important characteristics of the basilica for themselves. This self-learning helps to interiorise and assimilate knowledge much better than a teacher’s explanation.

These are some of the games and enigmas that students must solve using the tablets:

  • Find the tributes to Gaudí which Subirachs (architect who continued the construction of the Sagrada Família) created in one of the façades
  • To understand how such a large space is illuminated with natural light, the Tablet virtually reproduces the hyperboloids which Gaudí wanted to use
  • Once inside, a game of geometry shows the layout of the columns

Once again, technology is used to support children’s learning

This isn’t the first time that mobile technology has been used to magnify one of Gaudí’s creations. If you visit the Casa Batlló, another of his most acclaimed works, you shouldn’t miss out on the possibility of supporting your experience with an app via which you can see, thanks to 3D technology and augmented reality, what the turn-of-the-century period was like and how the Batlló family lived back then.

mSchools is a pioneering global initiative designed to encourage Catalonia's high school students to work in the classroom with mobile technology through the creation and use of mobile solutions. Backed by Mobile World Capital Barcelona, with collaboration by the Regional Government of Catalonia, the City of Barcelona, and GSMA, mSchools is intended to improve students' academic performance and reduce dropout rates. The programme features complete curricular development related to mobile technology and its applications in the social and economic spheres.

Mobile World Capital presents a global vision that effectively integrates mobile technologies into the fabric of the industries transforming our lives. Committed to expanding the mobile experience throughout Barcelona, Catalonia and Spain with strong support of the public and private sector.

Mobile World Capital is leading mobile transformation through commitments in Competence Centres, local Industry Development, and Entrepreneurship and Innovation programmes.

MWCapital offers an open platform and exhibition showroom where citizens can understand and experience how mobile is enhancing our lives: The Mobile World Centre, located in the heart of Barcelona on Plaza Catalunya.

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