The project aimed at promoting the scientific culture in schools by facilitating access to information on stem cells, spurring the debate but mostly bringing the civil society closer to the complex world of scientific research, highlighting also the socio-cultural impact.
In its final phase, the project also included the main event of dissemination for schools on the topic of stem cells, that is the UniStem day.
The project “Stem cells seen by the students” started in October 2013 and ended in March 2014, and articulated in the following phases:
- Meetings in schools between students and experts in the field of stem cells that have taken place according to the format of the Science Cafè (informal discussion with room for debate and questions from the audience). The number of meetings has been established on the basis of requests and availability of the classes involved and agreed with the referent teacher;
- A visit outside the school at the laboratories of the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) in Monterotondo or other research center, including practical laboratory work, lasting about four hours;
- Remote support during the entire duration of the project, for the appropriate use of the project tools (social networks, website, interaction with research staff);
- Participation in the event Unistem Day, scheduled on 14 March 2014 at the same time in all regions of Italy. Schools have chosen to participate in one of the two events held in Rome (at the University ‘La Sapienza and Tor Vergata). The classes involved in the project have played a key role in the performance of the day and in the conduction of the debate with the researchers invited to speak.
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