Information on the interdisciplinary competition for S3 students combining architecture and Spanish

Espacios Increíbles

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Espacios Increíbles is a national, inter-disciplinary competition that combines and celebrates Spanish language learning with aspects of design and technology.

Organised by SCILT, in partnership with the Department of Architecture based at the University of Strathclyde, the competition focuses on building valuable employability skills such as team-working, creativity, organisation, communication, problem-solving and many more. Espacios Increíbles aims to broaden learners' horizons and introduce them to potential career pathways in different fields, and not just the traditional teacher or translator. Read more about the Espacios Increíbles case study here.

Espacios Increíbles 3 took place over session 2021-22 with 18 schools in 10 different local authorities signing up. Schools worked exceptionally hard on their entries despite lots of disruption to the school year and groups of S2 & S3 learners from 6 schools across 5 local authority areas earned a well-deserved place at the final, and presented their designs in Spanish to a judging panel for the opportunity to win the competition.photo of winning team from Kinross High School

The final took place online on 25 May 2022 and the event concluded with the announcement of the winning school, Kinross High School. Congratulations!

This exciting and innovative competition has won much praise and is a great opportunity for your school to take part in something relevant and highly rewarding for your learners. You can find out about last year's winning entry on our Espacios Increíbles 2020-21 webpage.

Scroll down to view video presentations and announcements from the 2021-22 final competition and don’t forget to look through the tabs below to get a flavour of how Espacios Increíbles could benefit your school and learners.

  • Inspired by the design-based television programme Amazing Spaces, BGE learners take part in the competition by designing their own “Espacio Increíble” for a location in a Spanish speaking country
  • The design must take into account the environment, climate, sustainability and socio-economic needs of the location as well as being creative and attractive
  • Open to S2 and S3 pupils, participants will carry out the design process, learn about the area of study and the Spanish required to present their final design to the judging panel, giving a rationale for the design and the various aspects of the project
  • Successful participants will then present their design in Spanish and pitch to a live audience, including a panel of judges, who will choose the winner at the grand final
  • September 2022 – schools to register interest (by 23rd September 2022)
  • Tues 27th September & Wed 28th September 2022 – information session with interested schools
  • Friday 28th October 2022 – schools to confirm participation and organise groups
  • November 2022 – schools to begin project
  • November 2022 – February 2023 – update sessions for support
  • March 2023 – deadline for video entries
  • By April 2023 – announcement of finalists
  • May 2023 – The Final!
  • The winning team of 2022 won the chance to have an article including their design and presentation featured in the autumn edition of the prestigious Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS) magazine. The RIAS was founded in 1916 as the professional body for all chartered architects in Scotland and is the leading institution on architecture and the built environment in the country
  • The Espacios Increíbles Trophy
  • Each winning team member received an Amazon voucher worth £25 and was awarded with their very own Espacios Increíbles Winner certificate
  • Prizes for Year 4 will be announced later in session 2022-23
"Our pupils really enjoyed taking part in Espacios Increíbles, and they were absolutely delighted to be awarded "highly commended." We really enjoyed the presentations too which really brought the event alive for them." 
Teacher at participating school
"It was an absolute pleasure to be able to deliver the Plenary speech at Los Espacios Increibles this year. Having now worked on this project for 3 years, it has been amazing to see the changes, improvements and learning points that have brought the project to where we are today." 
Niall Rachman, Director of First2Train
"I was really impressed with these talented young people. Congratulations for this great and innovative initiative." 
Cristina Gonzalez Longo, Senior Lecturer in Architecture, University of Strathclyde – guest speaker and judge
"We loved taking part and the pupils have improved in confidence and engaged in more Spanish as a result." 
Teacher at participating school

Article about Espacios Increíbles available to download (TECLA magazine, August 2021)

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