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Innovation projects in collaboration with Tknika



ROS-industrial: an open source digital platform for industrial robotics

The Project ROS is leaded by the electronics department of Don Bosco, in collaboration with Tecnalia and Armeria Eskola. Its main objectives are to become a reference and an active agent in the thrust of the industrial robotics based in ROS-industrial technology, and the transfer of knowledge (ROS-I Academy) in FP Euskadi (Basque Country VET).


ROS (Robot Operating System) is a framework and a tool set, that provides an operating system functionality in a heterogeneous group of computers. The main advantage of ROS is the hardware abstraction functionality, device drivers, communication between multiple machines’ processes, testing tools and displaying, among others. The key feature of ROS is the way it executes software and the way it communicates, so as to give you the chance to design complex software without having to know how certain hardware works. Moreover, ROS is open source and relies on a stable and reliable community in the net.

Every feature of ROS is totally transportable to an industrial environment. Robotic applications’ developer companies that work for industrial plants and for the industry in general can take advantage of the hardware abstraction feature of ROS and speed up the process of implementation of new industrial robots. The same application based on ROS, with some minor variations can be used, for instance, in a KUKA robot or in an ABB robot. Economical and time savings obtained this way can not be achieved with any other existing platform.



The evolution of humanoid robotics and FPGAs toward open softwares, makes possible the participation in the creation and the access to new technologies that it requires. With this project Don Bosco aims to go in depth in the knowledge and technological competences of the faculty and student body.





The FPGAs were privative technology but thanks to Clifford Wolf, with the inverse engineering the Icestorm project was created, releasing Lattice´s FPGA ICE40 family. In this way, the access to FPGAs has been democratized, like Arduino did with the microcontrollers some years ago, creating collaboration ecosystems like FPGA-WARS and Icestudio.





Thanks to the possibilities that offers the implementation in the robotics of open source technologies and codes, it is necessary to work on those technologies in humanoid robotics in order to give service to the society.




This project is led by CIFP Don Bosco LHII’s Telecommunication and Electronics department and Zubiri Manteo’s Informatic department.   

POF is a technology used since the 80s in automotive and aviation sectors, but recently the telephone company’s have bet for it in order to wire houses’ inside, for data (internet), voice (telephony) and multimedia content (TV, Radio) transportation.

 The main objectives of this project are:

·  Search for POF capacities in order to use it in homes’ and offices’ network installations and build a demo installation in our center. This demo installation will have the ability to distribute data for computers within a home or an office, as well as, capacity to  the transmit voice and multimedia content.


·  Knowledge transfer. In collaboration with Instagi and other centers, make a presentation explaining how to install POF fiber to companies and installers working in the sector.


·  Include POF fiber within the regulated education as well as the non-regulated one (LANBIDE courses, specific to workers etc).



 - Stem cells on 3D cellulose structures



Differentiation of human stem cells on 3D cellulose produced by bacteria in culture

The purpose of this project is to manufacture bone and cartilage structures using a cellulose “scaffolding, which we will produce based on bacteria. On said scaffolding, human mesenchymal stem cells will proliferate, expanding, and then differentiating into bone and cartilage cells, thus forming structures similar to the bone and cartilage structures in the human body. This project’s development has an impact on regenerative medicine and other biotechnological areas, for recycling organic waste from food industries.







Nowadays repair workshops and automotive schools have to deal with the training and knowledge of new technologies applied in the automotive industry.

According to the law, car manufacturers are required to have online information of the needed resources for repair and diagnosis. Knowledge of the use of these resources is essential.

Considering the complexity and difficulty of acquiring this knowledge and the shortcomings that may come in repair area, the objective of this project is to obtain this information to be transferred to CAV training centers and professionals in the area.

On the other hand, these processes fall within the objectives and activities of the VI Basque Vocational Training Plan. Specifically in this point:

"APPLIED INNOVATION 4th OBJECTIVE: To promote and maintain a relationship between SMEs and training centers in relation to strategic competitiveness."

Since 2011, the PASS-THRU J2534-2 and ISO22900 regulations have become stricter.

Nowadays the workshops and companies in the automotive area (insurance, ITV, spare parts, ...) have to adapt to the new regulations.

We have stay in touch with different collaborators, including AEGA and BAT, and we have seen the need for training and knowledge transfer to the different SMEs of CAV, as well as to the students of the training centers.

To carry out this project we have cooperated five centers of the CAV: CIFP Iurreta LHII, Elgoibarko CIFP Meka LHII, CIFP Aretxabaleta LHII, Ikasauto eta CIFP Don Bosco LHII.

We are ready to provide service to SMEs, in the shortest time possible, considering the rapid evolution to avoid problems in the short and medium term.


Bio nodes

Don Bosco es uno de los cuatro centros de FP que integra el Nodo Bio. Fué impulsado desde Tknika en el curso 2016-2017 debido a que el ámbito de la salud  y las biociencias es una de las estrategias de especialización inteligente RIS3 de Euskadi. El objetivo general del Nodo Bio es detectar las necesidades del sector biociencias y biotecnología y así dar respuesta desde la FP a través de diversas actuaciones.



Durante los cursos 2016-2017 y 2017-2018 se ha realizado una primera fase de diagnosis  en la que se han entablado relaciones con las diferentes instituciones, clústeres y agentes de la RVCTI en materia de biociencias. En cada una de las reuniones se han analizado sus políticas y estrategias para poder realizar un diagnóstico de las posibles aportaciones de la FP.

En este curso 2018-2019 se llevará a cabo la fase 2, que consiste en realizar propuestas concretas a cada uno de los entes analizados en la fase 1. Se seguirá realizando la vigilancia tecnológica, se priorizarán las líneas de actuación y se establecerán colaboraciones entre los distintos centros de FP de este área.

Expertise areas



The IKASLAB project started the 2013-2014 school year as a pilot experience at Don Bosco with the intention of creating a 3D Printer Testing Laboratory. After a short time, it was decided by the Vice-Ministry of Education to extend this experience to other VET centers and districts in the Basque Country, installing another 14 IKASLAB projects throughout the Basque Country. It was about creating an IKASLAB network for collaborative work and sharing innovative and creative experiences around this new technology. Nowadays this network has been extended to more than 18 centers.

In this context, by direct order of the Vice-Ministry, Don Bosco takes on the role of Reference Center and facilitator of the IKASLAB network deployed in the Basque Country.


In the Centers that have the IKASLAB project, as in their environment, the project is having a significant impact, both in the development agencies, SMEs, technology centers, in the media (innumerable appearances in ETB, Euskadi Irratia, Radio Euskadi, Being, Written Press), state Maker community (forums, social networks ...), educational community both in Euskadi, and in the state.

At this moment we can say that ikaslab is becoming a reference in 3D printing technology not only in the Basque Country, but also in certain circles at the state level.

 Taking into account the aforementioned, the objective of this project is to put at the service of the educational community and the companies of the Ikaslab, a 3D Printer Testing Laboratory, where by means of R + D + i exercise both students, teachers, Companies and interested social organizations use this laboratory to generate and share knowledge about these new technologies that have emerged under the philosophy of free hardware and international development communities.




The Drones specialization project was developed between CIFP Bidasoa LHII, CIFP Don Bosco LHII, IES Náutico Pesquero de Pasaia Blas de Lezo BHI and Tknika.

The main objective is to promote research, development and transmission of knowledge related to the use of drones.

Since the wide typology and variety of drones allows us to speak of aquatic, aerial or terrestrial drones, all of them are the object of study.

In this sense it is in Don Bosco together with the Náutico Pesquero de Pasaia Blas de Lezo where we are working the Aquatic Drones.

In the first phase, a first contact with technology has been made and a network has been woven with the different service agents of the water sector (community colleges, companies and entities).

In a second phase, the applications of aquatic drones will be analyzed and studied. The third phase will focus on the transfer of experience and knowledge in the social, professional and educational fabric that surrounds us and, especially, in community college teachers. Training, specialization courses, ongoing training ...).


Strategic areas




Technological services to enable a transfer of knowledge between VET and SMEs.

The TKgune programme is an initiative launched by the Vice-Ministry of Vocational Training in the 2014/15 academic year. Public and semi-private schools participating in this initiative have the following objective:

“To provide a bidirectional transfer of knowledge between vocational training centres and companies”

Two main lines of action have been established from TKgune in order to bridge the gap between vocational training and companies:

¿        To develop services in collaboration with companies in order to respond to their innovation requirements and to improve their competitiveness, making use of the resources in place at the centres (installations, equipment, people, accumulated knowledge, etc.) for this end.

¿        To transfer the knowledge acquired during the provision of services to learning and to make this learner-friendly.

The programme has a dual purpose:

¿        To provide vocational training participants a real idea of the world of business.

¿        For companies to benefit from the accumulated knowledge gained by schools.

Special emphasis is placed in schools on the capacity to meet the needs of companies, along with underlining the fact that the projects must involve a challenge for teaching staff.

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