Science centres and science events / editors: Anne-Marie Bruyas, Michaela Riccio

Bruyas, Anne-Marie [ed.] | Riccio, Michaela [ed.].
ISBN: 9788847025554.Publisher: Dordrecht : Springer, cop. 2013Description: xi, 234 p.Summary: The idea for this text stemmed from the fruitful experience gathered during the training course of 9 Nigerian university students organized in Naples from 3 to 18 September 2008 by the team of Fondazione IDIS-Città della Scienza under the project Science Centre Owerri. The training course turned out to be not only an educational opportunity to acquire knowledge and skills for these students, but also a real and practical tool that later led to the realization of the first Science Festival of Owerri in Nigeria in May 2009. This in turn sparked the idea of creating a highly practical handbook for those who want to face the challenge of developing new projects for the dissemination and socialization of science in developing countries. In these countries, the role of scientific education and training in schools is not sufficient to arouse scientific curiosity among young people and make the population aware of the importance of scientific knowledge in everyday life. Moreover science and technology are indispensable tools for people’s empowerment and should be supported with actions that encourage curiosity about science and the intelligent use of technology to bridge the divide with developed countries. It is therefore necessary to set up activities that are carefully targeted to promote and communicate science. The text has been designed as a practical guide to be used in a variety of contexts: scientific events or more structured science festivals, training, the creation of scientific cultural associations, and the development of new science centres. Besides being an excellent tool for training and supporting the design and planning phases, the manual can also be used as a reference work for institutions and local cultural services which have to select projects of this type. (Font: Editor)
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The idea for this text stemmed from the fruitful experience gathered during the training course of 9 Nigerian university students organized in Naples from 3 to 18 September 2008 by the team of Fondazione IDIS-Città della Scienza under the project Science Centre Owerri. The training course turned out to be not only an educational opportunity to acquire knowledge and skills for these students, but also a real and practical tool that later led to the realization of the first Science Festival of Owerri in Nigeria in May 2009. This in turn sparked the idea of creating a highly practical handbook for those who want to face the challenge of developing new projects for the dissemination and socialization of science in developing countries. In these countries, the role of scientific education and training in schools is not sufficient to arouse scientific curiosity among young people and make the population aware of the importance of scientific knowledge in everyday life. Moreover science and technology are indispensable tools for people’s empowerment and should be supported with actions that encourage curiosity about science and the intelligent use of technology to bridge the divide with developed countries. It is therefore necessary to set up activities that are carefully targeted to promote and communicate science. The text has been designed as a practical guide to be used in a variety of contexts: scientific events or more structured science festivals, training, the creation of scientific cultural associations, and the development of new science centres. Besides being an excellent tool for training and supporting the design and planning phases, the manual can also be used as a reference work for institutions and local cultural services which have to select projects of this type. (Font: Editor)

Introduction / Anne-Marie Bruyas, Michaela Riccio -- Part I. Science in society: Toward Knowledge Societies / Giuseppe Vittorio Silvestrini ; Science and Society / Pietro Greco ; Science Communication at Glance / Luigi Amodio -- Part II. Science centres: The Evolution and Worldwide Expansion of Science Centres / Vincenzo Lipardi -- Part III. Practical guidelines to approach science communication: The Cooperation Project for a New Science Centre in Owerri, Nigeria / Anne-Marie Bruyas ; Lesson 1: Activities and Tools Overview / Guglielmo Maglio ; Lesson 2: The Role of Exhibitions in Science Museum and Science Centre / Anna Porro, Luigi Cerri ; Lesson 3: Design Process for the Organization of Exhibition Areas / Maria Teresa Pica Ciamarra ; Lesson 4: Educational Activities / Mario Campanino ; Lesson 5: Conferences and Debates / Rossella Parente, Alessandra Zanazzi ; Lesson 6: Science Festival / Diana Angela Palma ; Lesson 7: Communication and Media Plan / Carlo Guardascione ; Lesson 8: Training Explainers / Fiorella Iuliano ; Lesson 9: Visitor Needs / Francesco Matteis ; Lesson 10: Communication Techniques with Visitors / Davide Petrone ; Lesson 11: Participatory Tools, the EASW Methodology / Luca Simeone ; Lesson 12: Hands-on exhibits based on local handicrafts: the experience of Calitri / Pietro Cerreta ; Lesson 13: Science Theatre / Enrico de Capoa ; Lesson 14: Appetizer to the Italian Language and Culture / Franca Sibilio, Rosa Giordano -- Part IV. From theory to practice: The Owerri Science Festival / Guglielmo Maglio -- Part V. Technical Annex 1, Cookbook of science demos: General advices / Guglielmo Maglio ; Workshop 1: Chemistry / Giulia Gaeta, elisa Rampone, Federico Brigida ; Workshop 2: Food Education / Flora di Martino ; Workshop 3: Energy / Alessandra Zanazzi, Anna Porro, Rossella Parente ; Workshop 4: Environment / Guglielmo Maglio, Riccarda D’Onofrio ; Workshop 5: Music and Science / Mario Campanino -- Part VI. Technical Annex 2, Other examples of activities and projects: Science Centre for Peace in the Middle East Project / Anne-Marie Bruyas ; ACCENT: Action on Climate Change through Engagement, Networks and Tools / Flora Di Martino ; TIME for Nano, Tools to Increase Mass Engagement for Nanotechnology / Alessandra Drioli -- References

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