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Wednesday, 01 March 2017

The NanoKit project is presented at YoMo to the STEAM community

ICN2 is leading with UB, UAB and CESIRE this project to bring nanoscience closer to young citizens. The educational materials offered in the NanoKits are designed to be used as part of the curriculum of different subjects. The Catalan Minister of Education, Meritxell Ruiz, and the Catalan Minister of Business and Knowledge, Jordi Baiget, approached yesterday the CESIRE booth at YoMo to learn about innovative didactic materials such as the NanoKit.

YoMo: The Youth Mobile Festival aims to inspire thousands of young people and help them learn more about careers in STEAM sectors in an increasingly mobile world. YoMo Barcelona is being held from 27 February – 2 March 2017 at Fira Montjuïc as part of the GSMA Mobile World Congress. The NanoKits project, promoted by ICN2, UB, UAB and CESIRE, is one of the highlighted materials presented at the CESIRE booth focused on innovative didactic materials. 

Over four days, YoMo Barcelona will welcome 20,000 school children from across Catalonia and Spain to one huge showcase of science and technology. With live theatre shows, interactive workshops, and dozens of hands-on activities, there will be something to engage every young person. YoMo is designed to bring classroom learning to life – by showing the exciting and rewarding career opportunities that are available in the mobile and STEAM ecosystem.

Carles Puigdemont, President of the Generalitat de Catalunya (Catalan Government) visited YoMo yesterday, together with Meritxell Ruiz, Catalan Minister of Education, and Jordi Baiget, Catalan Minister of Business and Knowledge. Both Ministers approached the CESIRE booth to learn about didactic materials being developed to approach students in an appealing and constructive way.

In the context of a growing STEAM community, with a firm support from the Catalan Ministry of Education, the NanoKit is a new tool available for teachers. The kits are intended to offer teachers a set of interactive experiences involving nanoscience that are linked to subjects such as Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics or even Philosophy. 

After a pilot expierence conducted with over 30 schools, a new improved edition of 100 kits is now being distributed to schools in Catalonia and other regions of Spain in collaboration with the Catalan Ministry of Education. The Project is funded by the Fundación Española para la Ciencia y la Tecnología - Ministerio de Economía y Competitividad, the ICN2 Severo Ochoa Program, the University of Barcelona and the Fundació Catalana per a la Recerca i la Innovació (FCRi).