About franciscoperez

Head of Department of Technology at Pompeu Fabra High School and Professor at University of Barcelona

Research in European herbal medicines

The field of medicinal plants is a STEM area with very low quantity of scientific websites. For this reason it is an excellent opportunity for students to learn both the scientific method and evidence based medicines. I have been studying herbal medicines both as a STEM teacher and as a phytotherapy professor at University of Barcelona and in United Arab Emirates.

Students from 5cities.eu Erasmus project will study European herbal medicines using European Medicine Agency and European Pharmacopoeia databases, meta-analysis and scientific reviews to learn well established uses and traditionally uses of herbal medicines. Active principles and protein receptors will be studied using in silico pharmaceutical tools.

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Poem coding + Arduino (comeonstage.eu)

Poem coding is an Erasmus+ activity of comeonstage.eu project consisting of coding in Javascript in order to create automatically created poems online. Previously students search for words from different European poets from the 6 participating schools using text mining software. Students and teachers meeting was in Riga in April 2019.

You can find an starting example here, where you can find the resulting poem and the code under the scenes by clicking Show code.

Language of coding is Processing, but is very easy to use also the very easy and powerful javascript library p5.js from the Processing foundation.

In order to use music and lights during poetry we have created an Arduino device that can be used as a Theremin with sensors capable to make different musical notes and at the same time to make lights with different colours (RGB LED).

You can learn coding using the previous tools with the fantastic videotutorials created by professor Daniel Shiffman.