Spain: Technology & Innovation in Urban Culture

Peace, Politics, and Human Rights

Discover Spain’s cutting-edge role in creating more sustainable city life through technological innovation. Work with tech experts to learn the evolving concepts of urban development.





Peace, Politics, & Human Rights



Physical Activity


Program Description

Your Experiment starts in Madrid, the capital city, where people use innovations such as solar power, 3D printers, and other digital technology to transform public spaces, providing high-tech alternatives to traditional industrial design. Through interactive workshops, you will learn about urban design innovations for improving daily life, education, and the economy for people in growing cities.

While in Madrid, take part in a workshop that allows you to experience and analyze urban spaces from physical, social, and technological perspectives. You will attend technology and innovation seminars, and gain hands-on experience mapping layouts and constructing the city with apps, sketch books, 3D printers, and other cutting-edge devices. You will also meet fellow young innovators who are not only tackling issues in their own communities, but who are also using technology to work toward problem-solving on a global scale. You will work collaboratively with en­trepreneurs and artists on their digital prototypes and projects while also taking on a project of your own.

You’ll then travel to Valencia and volunteer on an urban mobility project before meeting your homestay family in Palma de Mallorca, the capital city of Spain’s Balearic Islands, where you will engage in urban development activities.

Finish your Experiment with a cultural journey to Barcelona, Spain’s second-most-populat­ed city, where you will immerse yourself once again in a different urban lifestyle and culture, using your observations and skills to identify technological advances and discuss concepts of urban development. Develop a critical and analytical view of the city and its structure as you explore architecturally astounding sites such as Gaudí’s Park Güell and Sagrada Família. Your final days in Spain will be spent visiting the Museu Picasso or dipping your toes in the Mediterranean Sea.







Program Fee:


(does not include airfare)
Group Airfare Cost:


Depart/Return City:

New York


Madrid, 3 days


Palma de Mallorca*, 10-12 days

Other Accommodations:

Hotels and hostels

Sample Itinerary

    Days 1-3

    Orientation in Madrid

    • Learn about the history and culture of Spain
    • Get to know other members of your group during activities and discussions
    • Visit famous sites and museums throughout the city, including the Prado Museum, the Habsbourg district, and the Palacio Real.
    • Explore diverse neighborhoods, navigate the metro, and sample Spanish cuisine in street-side cafés
    • Practice your Spanish language skills
    • Go on a daylong excursion to Torrelodones

    During the orientation period, you and your group will stay in a centrally located hotel.

    Days 4-8

    Thematic Focus in Madrid

    • At Medialab Prado, participate in a seminar where the focus will be how to use technology such as apps, 3D printers, and laser cutters, as well as sketching, for the purpose of mapping, creating models, and analyzing public spaces.
    • Use a case study to gather data and inform a proposed design of a public space.
    Days 9-13

    Thematic Focus in Valencia

    • Take a bike tour of the city
    • Learn how to cook local cuisine alongside a Spanish chef.
    • Develop a group project to improve mobility in the city.
    • Participate in a service project to promote safety for cyclists.
    Days 14-24


    • Become fully immersed in the daily life of a Spanish family and community
    • Do activities with your host family
    • Explore your host community and the surrounding area with your group
    • Visit the walled port city of Alcudia to explore urban art.
    • Complete a photography workshop in the historical center to understand the physical space.
    • Participate in a service project to benefit your host community.

    During this period, you will stay in the home of a family. Sample host communities: Mallorca

    Days 25-27

    Cultural travel, Program Reflection and Wrap-up in Barcelona

    • Visit famous sites and museums throughout Barcelona, including the Sagrada Familia, the Olympic Harbor, and the Picasso Museum
    • See the architecture of Gaudí and taste tapas on La Rambla
    • Reflect with your group on your experiences during the program and prepare for your return

    During this period, you and your group will stay in a centrally located hotel.

    Day 28


    Please note: This itinerary is only a sample and is subject to change. Because of factors such as group size and availability of in-country offerings such as festivals, your experience — including sites visited and the number of days spent in each location — may differ somewhat from the one presented above.

Itinerary is subject to change.

Pre-departure Documents

Summer 2018

Congratulations on your upcoming Experiment summer on the Spain: Technology & Innovation in Urban Culture program. Visit our pre-departure page for information about our expectations, communications, and travel planning. In early 2018, our summer international information will be published in a secure page, found in the Parent Portal.

In early spring 2018, the following program-specific documents will be linked to this page:

Many questions can be answered by reviewing these materials, but please do not hesitate to contact us if further information is required. To submit or update your domestic travel and emergency contact information, please login in to the Parent Portal.

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