Image: Costantina Cossu
Ten of my students attending the 4th class of Liceo Scientifico Alghero, together with other students from Sardinia have taken part in the best research centres in Sardinia. It has been a real stage in the Porto Conte Research center laboratories in Alghero, CRS4 in Pula and in The International Marine Centre in Torregrande.
Students have experienced a cognitive course based on experience, which has included visits to different laboratories. Students were able to meet with researchers and enjoyed the possibility of realizing audio and video interviews and photographic spots.
The method used during the science camp has been that of “Learning by doing” and it has been used to support learning through a direct relationship with researchers working in the territory and the active partakings of the students.
These summer camps have the aim to support the understanding of the complexity of science and technology and to give them the tools needed to learn and translate that complexity in an accessible manner.
This activity, which aim is to disseminate scientific and technological culture, is promoted by the Sardinian Research and the regional programming, budget, credit and territory order Councillor.
Each activity lasted a week and students stayed in camps were the scientific side of each activity was cleverly connected to their leisure. Students mad new friends and were able to exchange and share dreams and ideas with teens from different parts of Sardinia. Each camp ended with the preparation of a journalistic spot of scientific dissemination and a video reportage about the various experiences in each of their research centers. The final paper will be published on different sites and publicized on social channels.
During their stay in the summer camp, students were helped by two reference figures: a supporting tutor responsible of their theoretical and cognitive route and a laboratory tutor responsible of their welcome at the research center.
We hope that this experience stimulates our students and the understanding of the complexity of science and technology, as its main aim is to stimulate the younger ones to choose a STEM career.
This experience has enriched them and increased their motivation to start new challenges. In fact, their first challenge will be to disseminate their experience to their class and schoolmates as well as in the territory within a conference at the beginning of the school year where they will be the protagonists of their own story.
Article written by: Costantina Cossu, Scientix Deputy Ambassador