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NEW LEARNING METHODOLOGY: SCIENTIFIC TOURISM

M. Martínez Muñoz, M.J. Such

Universidad de Alcalá (SPAIN)
Introduction:
We live in a society in which science plays a fundamental role in the production process and in daily life. It would be difficult to understand the modern world without having an understanding of the role that these production processes play. People need scientific understanding to be able to assimilate the complex and globalized state of contemporary society in order to be able to acquire the skills which will allow them to be deal with their daily lives and to interact with their environment.
It is about sustainable scientific tourism with touristic activities which respect the environmental, cultural and societal elements, as well as the values of a community.It is important to promote the use of the natural, artistic and architectural resources to disseminate science, promote the development of touristic and educational activities linking them to all the scientific disciplines (Pythagoras Theorem, geometry, the Divine Proportion, properties of light, chemical reactions, flora and fauna)

Methodology:
Our multidisciplinary project (“Urban and Rural Scientific Remains”) is aimed at cultivating a taste for tourism and science. Its goal is to create a space which allows for the exchange, dissemination and the communication of scientific knowledge, where the discoverers are the tourists.

The methodology used for the design of itineraries consists on three parts:
· Previous Work
· Field work
· Later Work
· Creation of a Web App

The following are three possible scientific routes in the city of Guadalajara and in the province of Guadalajara.
1. The Honey Route
Challenge: Are bees intelligent? Why do they make hexagonal honeycombs?
2. Mathematical Monumental Tourism
• Puerta de Bejanque. ¿How tall is it? You’ll find the answer with the help of the Pythagorean theorem.
• Torreón de Alvar Fáñez. What is its geometry? Its area?
• Puente árabe. What is it hiding? Interpretation of geology.

Challenge:
Of the raw materials that are in use for obtaining the electricity there are some of them that has limited duration, on the other hand, there are others that do not become exhausted. Which are renewable and which not?