Open day attracts thousands of people to Alava, Bizkaia and San Sebastian Technology Parks

semana-de-la-cienciaThousands of people visited the Alava, Bizkaia and San Sebastián Technology Parks yesterday for their Open Days. The bad weather did not prevent many people, young and adult, from taking part in more than fifty activities organised by the parks.

A number of companies opened their doors or presented their latest projects at the Open Day, the objective of which is to take Science and Technology to the general public and, in particular to make people aware of the work being carried out in the Technology Parks and in the companies based within the Parks.

Bizkaia Science and Technology Park

Yesterday was the thirteenth edition of the Bizkaia Science and Technology Park Open Day, which was visited by more than 5000 people. Ingeteam, Gaiker-IK4, the Ibea Group, Neurogenomiks, Idoki and Azti-Tecnalia opened their doors to provide guided tours of the installations and to offer children’s workshops. The BTEK Technology Interpretation Centre was visited by hundreds of people who were able to see the different modules of the centre, take part in the workshops and enjoy a display of rhythmic gymnastics given by the Miragarri group. In addition to the Golf Pitch-Putt Derio course and the draw for a relaxing circuit at the Hotel Aisia Derio, children’s workshops, educational games, aero modelling, a Segway circuit, pedalos, roller-skating, tricking and rebound shoes were all part of the programme of activities. Children and adults alike were able to discover the Euskaltel-Euskadi bus and the fire truck with Basque music creating a lively atmosphere.

The activities that attracted most people were the show given by magician, Daniel Ross, and the tasting of the Pintxo de la Jornada at the Gaminiz restaurant. Minutes before the start of the tasting event, the chef, Aitor Elizegi, gave a presentation of the pintxo using products from the Bioeskola BBK organic garden, at the experimental kitchen in Azti-Tecnalia; the chairman and director of Bizkaia Science and Technology Park and representatives from Emaus, BBK-Obra Social, the Gaminiz Restaurant and Azti-Tecnalia were present at the presentation.

Alava Technology Park

Alava Technology Park, a pioneer in the organisation of Open Days at the Basque parks, yesterday celebrated their fifteenth edition. Around 3500 people visited the park to take part in the activities organised for the occasion. The most popular activities for visitors included the Basque Culinary Lab, the educational game from Tecnalia, the Circus workshop, the Blandiblú workshop and the Entrepreneurs’ workshops.

One of the most amusing and successful activities, especially with younger visitors, was the giant table football for 16 players.

San Sebastian Technology Park

Yesterday was the thirteenth edition of the Open Days at San Sebastián Technology Park, which, as always, took place at Eureka! Zientzia Museoa from the morning to the evening. 3600 people visited the park to take part in the different workshops, for example, the electricity show, the planetarium, chemistry in action etc. This year’s novelty revolved around sustainable transport, with Segways, an electric car, cargo bikes and city bikes. The following companies also opened their doors or exhibited projects: I2Basque, Luix, Elkargi, Tecnalia, Bic Berrilan, Ikerchem, Cita-Alzheimer and Inbiomed.