Start: 01-12-2018 – End: 31-03-2020
Project Reference: 602243-EPP-1-2018-1-ES-EPPKA2-CBY-ACPALA

Programme: Erasmus+
Key Action: Cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practices
Action Type: Capacity Building for youth in ACP countries, Latin America and Asia

The Big Van Theory
– Corporación Parque Explora
Associazione Adamas Scienza

Four red boxes floating against the horizon of the working class neighborhoods of Medellín, adding color to the green landscape of mountains and becoming a symbol of the transformation of the city based in its inclusive approach to education and recreation. Explora is the north of Medellín, which has gone from being a marginal area of the city to being, with nine added civic projects, the most attractive tourist destination in the city and an important future educational, science and technology corridor of the city. We inspire, inform and transform through interactive experiences that contribute to the public acquisition of the scientific, technological and social knowledge necessary to build a better society.
Explora has the attributes of a true park, with its own gardens and large forests, such as that of the adjoining Botanical Garden of the city. The Northern Zone forms the largest area dedicated to education and recreation in the city and is made up of nine places full of vitality, such as the University of Antioquia, the Moravia Cultural Center, the House of Music, and our Planetarium in the Park of Wishes among others. This zone offers many options for its inhabitants and visitors. It will be part of the new science and technology district of Medellín.
The important mission that society has entrusted to Explora to inspire, communicate and transform, through settings and encounters that contribute to the acquisition of scientific and social knowledge, has sparked wide support, a convergence of social forces that strengthens us. This mission has been achieved with the enthusiastic support of citizens and of people that come from many different social sectors: business, government, education, science, social action, and the media sector which allows us to reach others… all have participated in this search to innovate, to build a society of inclusive knowledge.

Juan Guillermo Muriel

He graduated in mathematics and physics,  master of science education and coordinator of the mediation in the Explora Park.
His career in the museum began as a mediator or guide as they call it in other countries, then he went on to become a dissemination professional in the area of ​​physics and now with a multidisciplinary team he leads the formative processes and the design of strategies and activities oriented to the Science communication from the museum.
His work has focused on the design of science dissemination courses and in its latest version was done in conjunction with EAFIT University, one of the most important in the city. With his work team he is leading the program of scientific monologues, which has had great reception by different kind of audience, is such that this year will have the sixth version of the contest of monologues that year after year has taken more strength in the city.
Since the museum has worked on programs of great impact, as in the development of the strategy of appropriation of MOVA, the space built by the secretary of education of Medellin for the reflection of what to do teacher of the teachers of the city.
He also works on the design of mediation models and training programs for other museums with which the Park works, allowing him to work with the community and in different museum contexts.

Hernán Oquendo

He has a degree in chemical technology and is currently studying geological engineering.
In the last nine years he has worked on different strategies around scientific dissemination. He started as a mediator in the Parque Explora, where he also participated in social projects in the city of Medellín and its surroundings. Among them stand out the scientific nurseries with children in the most vulnerable communities of the city. Currently it belongs to the mediation area of ​​the Explora Park, where it carries out internal training processes and also in other museums in the city and the country. Together with a group of friends, he founded the Cocuyos collective for scientific dissemination and belongs to the team responsible for the dissemination and appropriation of the science offered by Explora.
His popular production, in recent years, has focused on experimenting with formats such as theater and scientific monologues. Products that he has made in different universities, museums, libraries, parks and bars in Colombia.