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Wednesday, 14 September 2016

NanoEduca presented at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra’s Campus Gutenberg

The educational program was presented in a workshop about materials oriented to science education during the Campus Gutenberg, a reference event in Barclona about science communication. In a crowded room three initiatives were presented and discussed. 

The Universitat Pompeu Fabra’s Campus Gutenberg is an event celebrated yearly in Barcelona to gather professionals and students from the science communication community. The varied program included a session about materials designed for science education. NanoEduca program was among the three initiatives presented, and was explained by Àlex Argemí, Head of the ICN2 Marketing and Communication Department, and Dr Jordi Díaz, from the University of Barcelona (UB). The Program offers an experimental kit to beused in the classrooms,  training sessions for teachers and a yearly event including a posters competition where students can share what they have learned.

NanoEduca is an initiative promoted by ICN2, UB, the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) and CESIRE from the Catalan Ministry of Education. The involvement of the educational community in the activities designed for teachers has turned into a very interesting line of work, which has grown beyond the initial goals of the Program. By interacting with teachers and offering them materials to be used in the classrooms nanoscience, and the research developed within the ICN2 Severo Ochoa Program, has reached a growing population of students.

In November 2015, together with the NanoEduca partners, the institute handed 6 experimental Kits with 19 practical experiences to a pilot group of over 20 Catalan schools (it reached over 1000 students). The kits were designed to offer nano-related experiences in the High-School classrooms which fit in the curricular contents of STEM subjects such as Chemistry, Physics or Biology. A handbook guides both teacher and students through the experiences and links them with scientific concepts, possible applications and ethical implications.