Art and Science throughout Italy: An Adventurous Journey. Graphene – miraculous 21st Century Material learning scenario in a Journey into Modern Physics.

INTRODUCTION

Within the Skype a Scientist initiative promoted by Scientix EU, we met Federica Beduini P.h.D. who showed us the multiple applications of graphene on April 30, 2021 in a streaming event organized by our scientific high school, Liceo Scientifico di Stato Calini in Brescia (Italy).

The meeting was part of the “Journey into Modern Physics”, in the path of Art & Science and following one of the learning scenarios present in STE(A)MIT – AN INTERDISCIPLINARY STEM APPROACH CONNECTED: Graphene – miraculous 21st Century Material

SUMMARY

A streaming seminar with questions and answers via chat has started on the activities of the ICFO-The Institute of Photonic Sciences.

This Institute is dedicated to research in photonics, the science and technology related to light. Since light is a versatile tool that is both precise and delicate, it allows to study and create new technologies in different fields: health, information and energy. For this, we spoke with Federica Beduini P.h.D. about the following themes:

  • photonics and applications in the field of energy and environmental care
  • photonics and health applications
  • photonics and applications in the field of information
  • photonics and nanotechnology
  • photonics and quantum technologies
  • photonics and new materials
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Art and Science throughout Italy: An Adventurous Journey

INTRODUCTION

The project was created as a PCTO (internship) project for third and fourth-grade students of our school (Scientific High School) from the challenge “Art & Science across Italy”, which is a European project of the CREATIONS network (H2020) organized by the National Institute for Nuclear Physics and CERN in Geneva to promote scientific culture among young people. It combines the languages of art and science: two knowledge tools that are among the highest expressions of human creativity.

The first objective of the project is to bring students closer to the world of science and research, regardless of their aptitude for science subjects, using art as the communication language.

The project is structured in successive steps with seminars in schools and universities, visits to museums and scientific laboratories, workshops held by experts from the world of science and art, and tutoring activities during the creation of artistic compositions. In particular, for each of the cities involved, the project is divided into a training and a creative phase, followed by a local exhibition and a final national selection that culminates in the Exhibition “A Journey in Science”, scheduled to take place at the National Archaeological Museum of Naples on May 2022.

SUMMARY

The activity is as an opening towards the teaching of civic education. It aims at connecting the projects present in the school into a unity in order to open paths of citizenship, service learning and dialogue with institutions and the territory, to create dynamics inside / outside the school in synergy with one’s environment and to develop critical awareness and sensitivity.

It should create connections with the Service-Learning projects already present in the schools, with some Institutions in the territory, with Schools of Peace, in harmony with the guidelines for the implementation of civic education. It aims at creating opportunities for awareness and ideation arising from the students: data analysis and their interpretation as a central element for teaching citizenship and the Constitution, scientific research and care of the other, individual responsibility in collective choices, interconnections of knowledge and enhancement of communication skills.

Students will learn the meaning of scientific dissemination and the involvement of the territory through art: starting from the concepts and phenomena they have freely analyzed and deepened, they will create concrete and / or multimedia artifacts, which are an expression of their living the link among science, art and society.

Marzia Grasso of the State High School Calini who ranked 4th in the creativity championship of the PCTO project of Art & Science Across Italy with the photograph entitled atom modELIOlo
Photograph of the 4N pupil Marzia Grasso of the State High School Calini who ranked 4th in the creativity championship of the PCTO project of Art & Science Across Italy with the photograph entitled atom modELIOlo and a score of 9.7 / 10. His shot represents the atom and in particular the helium atom, combining science and fashion.
In the photograph she created a complete outfit consisting of dress, shoes and hairstyle. At the same time, these elements correspond to the components of the atom: the skirt emphasizes the orbit in which the electrons move, the shoes, the hairstyle represents the nucleus formed by protons and neutrons created through the colored ribbons.
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STEM EDUCATION, SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING DESIGN PROCESS RELATION: SIMPLE TELESCOPE DESIGN ACTIVITY

Abstract:

Science can be defined as an effort to systematically examine the environment and natural phenomena we live in and to predict events that have not yet been observed. In this study, the relationship between STEM education, Science and engineering design process has been mentioned. The examples that the students present are simple telescope design on STEM education, science and engineering design skills. The aim of the simple telescope design activity is for students to design a simple telescope. The activity is suitable for students between the ages of 12 and 14. As a result of this activity, students will learn the stages of the engineering design process, working collaboratively and problem-solving while designing a telescope that they can observe their environment.

Exordium

The main purpose of science education is to define the problems around the student, make observations, formulate hypotheses, make experiments, draw conclusions, analyze, generalize, and apply the acquired knowledge and skills. Therefore, science is a process that includes creative components.

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SCRATCH IN STEM EDUCATION

In today’s conditions where technological development is very fast, both new generation students and technology are in a closer relationship than teachers. MEB General Directorate of Educational Technologies on the integration of innovation and technology into education policies. It will support permanent and meaningful learning in teachers’ technology classrooms. In this direction, the importance of technology integration increases in teaching new teaching methods and techniques. However, it is seen that the use of multimedia technologies in education is limited. With this study, it is aimed to develop students’ multiple cognitive thinking skills by integrating Scratch into science lessons in the educational environment in 11 secondary schools..

The pictures are the author’s own – (Attribution CC-BY)
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Mitosis vs Meiosis: an online science lesson

Author: Teresita Gravina

My name is Teresita Gravina and I am a Math and Science Teacher in IC De Amicis- Da Vinci a lower secondary school in Caserta, Italy.

Due to the Covid19 emergency the school in my region are closed since 5th of March. We had to move our lesson to online platform in one night without bring nothing from school laboratory. Since then I am working hard, trying to do my best, to ensure the best learning experience for my students. This is a national emergency and everyone can participate doing what he/she can, I am a teacher, so I teach 😀

When the school closed I was to begin to introduce cell and their functions to my 6 grade students. I am used to include in every topic a practical activity and students in general loves it (not always the same for the parents) so I decided to organize an activity about mitosis, meiosis and their differences. I organized the activity thanks to a Google module. In this you can add photo, ask question and receive answers, send an assessment and students can share with you their files. You can have a look at the activity here, and if you want to use it, please let me know and I will invite you to modify it and use in your class (remote or real).

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