The National Museum of Science and Technology and the Roca Foundation present the Future Inventors Project, a project that proposes a new educational approach to advance science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) teaching and learning in junior high school. This is an initiative aimed at both educators and students: With interactive projections, audio arts, video maps, and creative algorithms, all built into active and experiential learning pathways, the project will make 11-13 year olds passionate about STEM, enriching educational practice in the classroom.
In the research report to be presented soon by the Roca Foundation, the difficulties that Italian middle school students face in science subjects are clearly shown, in relation to their European peers. The analyzes that the Roca Foundation has carried out in recent years on the Italian school have shown how the results of students, starting with middle school, begin to deteriorate.
Future Inventors proposes an educational process, intended for educators and their students as well as for the general public, based on the original contamination between STEM and art, digital, analog, physical and virtual: digital culture, so close to the daily lives of children, is used to activate new connections and understandings and becomes the tool that allows the exploration of Scientific contents and aspects of the curriculum. In particular, a laboratory has been created, which is also available to all visitors to the museum. The lab is open to the public from Saturday, December 4, and offers an innovative experimental path based on original contamination between science, technology, and art.
Image and sound were chosen as the focus of the proposed educational experiences and activities. The goal, after using the laboratories, is to be able to apply the Future Inventors approach in the school and to extend it to a broader interdisciplinary field.
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