From the beginning of 2018 to now, the University of Pisa (UNIPI) as UMI-Sci-Ed project partner, had the opportunity to present the UMI-Sci-Ed project to the Italian audience in various events, festivals and conferences.
The first event was the Sustainable Development Festival (2th edition; ) that was held from the 22nd of May to the 7th of June 2018 with over 700 events all over Italy to spread the culture of sustainability and to sensitize Italian society towards reaching the United Nation’s 2030 Agenda in our country, as well as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) envisaged by the 2030 Agenda. The Festival represented the main Italian contribution to the European Sustainable Development Week (ESDW) 2018. In this context, the UNIPI team held on 7 June 2018 a seminar entitled “Learning ‘doing together’. Building and sharing the change in STEM teaching as ‘active learning places’: the Horizon UMI-Sci-Ed project”, as an open initiative with the aim to promote the topic of “change” in STEM teaching as “active learning places” proposed by the UMI-Sci-Ed Project. Innovative teaching approaches to STEM were outlined as types of “active-reflective learning”. The focus was on the innovative role played by the UMI technologies to build and promote involvement within “Community of Practices” for high-quality education. Participants to the seminar appeared excited to hear about UMI and CoPs, as means to get involved and engage in a shared learning. The UMI-Sci-Ed innovative lines have been presented and discussed interactively with the participants of the seminars. Participants were also encouraged to interact with the UMI-Sci-Ed website and the UMI-Sci-Ed Platform. The initiative yielded a positive outcome as participants have shown a deep interest in the activities, tools (including UMI-Sci-Ed Platform), and future actions of the UMi-Sci-Ed project.
UNIPI team at the Sustainable Development Festival (Pisa)
The second initiative, held in Pisa (Italy) on 28 September 2018, was “Bright: The European Researchers’ Night in Tuscany“. BRIGHT , whose acronym means “Brilliant Researchers Impact on Growth Health and Trust in research”, is a project funded by the European Commission’s Research and Innovation Framework Programme H2020 (2014-2020) by the Marie Skłodowska-Curie action, aiming at enhancing the research activity’s visibility and relevance among the population in Tuscany, simultaneously with all the European Researchers’ Night (ERN) initiatives. In the context of “Bright”, the researchers composing the UNIPI team has had the opportunity to meet Tuscan citizens, present the UMI-Sci-Ed project, and make the visitors with UMI technologies interact concretely, presenting some of these and explaining the crucial role of the UMI technologies in the innovative teaching and learning lines promoted by the UMI-Sci-Ed project. In particular, the audience was invited to explore and play with LEGO (LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 robotics;) interfaced with Arduino YUN board that allowed to control them via smartphone provided to the participants. The robots connected to the IBM Cloud sent the data collected by their sensors. The display of data sent to the Cloud was also scheduled. The topic was ROBO CLOUD and NETWORKING MEDIATED BY CLOUD. The initiative was a real success, with many participants involved, in particular, young people, which have shown a lot of interest.
UNIPI TEAM with UMI technologies at BRIGHT 2018
The rich line of events continued with the Internet Festival, held in Pisa (Italy) from 11 to 14 October 2018, an exhibition with over 250 events (https://www.internetfestival.it/). The 2018 edition of the Internet Festival was dedicated to the exploration of the multiple declinations of human and non-human intelligence. The Internet festival involved the whole city with debates and demonstrations, including T-Tours, consisting of educational and training programs aiming at stimulating interest and curiosity in the audience by offering useful tools to explore the domains of Network and Technology. Within this initiative, the UNIPI team and CUBIT conducted a t-tour named “God is in the details: from UMI Technologies to new learning techniques oriented to the training of new makers starting from the Communities of Practice”, presenting the UMI-Sci-Ed project, its progress and potential present and future, focusing on the theme of change in the way of teaching and learning STEMs through the UMI technologies and the Communities of Practice as an educational tool, and inviting valuable discussions with the participants.
Prof. Stefano Giordano and Prof. Antonio Aiello (UNIPI ) and Dr. Luca Tavanti (CUBIT ) presenting and discussing the UMI-Sci-Ed Project at the Internet Festival 2018.
Finally, UNIPI participated in the Maker Faire – The European Edition, held in Rome (Italy) from 12 to 14 October 2018. The Maker Faire is Europe’s biggest innovation event, combining science, science fiction, technology, entertainment and business . The Maker Fair festival celebrates the culture of “making” in the technological field, in which makers, digital artisans, universities, businesses, research centers, artists, technology passionate, schools, students, educators, and hobbyists meet to share knowledge and discoveries. In the context of Maker Faire, the UNIPI team presented to the audience the UMI-Sci-Ed project, once again underlining the importance of UMI technologies as a mean of promoting STEM’s innovative teaching and learning in schools. The visitors interacted and played (especially the younger ones) with LEGO interfaced with Arduino YUN board (ROBO CLOUD and NETWORKING MEDIATED BY CLOUD) showing a lot of interest. Parents and some teachers have listened to explanations about the project. The initiative was a full success for UNIPI and UMI-Sci-Ed.
Prof. S. Giordano (UNIPI) talking about UMI-Sci-Ed with the youngsters