7 days of meetings, workshops and scientific laboratories for students and teachers from 25 to 31 October

After the success of the fourth edition of the Cicap Fest – held from 3 to 5 September last in Padua with a large audience participation in presence and online – the Cicap Fest dedicates a whole week of meetings aimed at schools and teachers with a view to spreading a scientific and critical mentality, encouraging the use of rationality in solving problems and in contrasting pseudoscience and false news.

From Monday 25th to Sunday 31st the Cicap Fest will present a week of workshops, laboratories and online meetings: the Cicap Fest Edu. The goal is to build a content platform for first and second grade high school students and courses for teachers that will remain usable over time. Paolo Attivissimo, Daniela Ovadia, Luca Perri, Massimo Polidoro and many other experts will discuss with teachers and students on topical issues.

Among these: the importance of the scientific method, safe surfing on the internet, rights and diversity, the verification of news, the reliability of the sources… To participate you must register on the website www.cicapfest.it/edu. Seven open and free streaming meetings are dedicated to students, aimed at all classes of upper and lower secondary schools wherever they are.

Here are the scheduled appointments: it begins on Monday 25 October, with Massimo Polidoro, who will explain to children how to defend themselves from “fake news” through the scientific approach: a real ‘toolbox’ to develop a critical sense and stimulate doubt, moving between conspiracy theories and pseudosciences.

On Tuesday 26th there is an event promoted by Audible: astrophysicist Luca Perri will talk about the extravagances of the Ig Nobel Prize, the recognition that rewards the strangest, funny absurd scientific researches: but are we sure that they are useless? Also on Tuesday 26, the journalist and ‘debunker’ Paolo Attivissimo will warn young people about the main IT traps: from online scams to cyberbullying, passing through the often excessive and unconscious sharing of abusable personal data.

Wednesday 27 will be the turn of the digital laboratory curated by Alessandro Vitale, scientific supervisor of the Umberto Veronesi Foundation, which will allow students to explore the theme of public health in relation to infectious diseases, starting from a webgame in which a scenario of epidemic.

Thursday 28 Daniela Ovadia, doctor and scientific journalist, will teach how to “navigate” between health and medical information, to learn how the production, publication and dissemination of health news works. Also on Thursday 28th, the Airc Foundation will accompany girls and boys to discover one of the new frontiers of research in the medical field: the world of the microbiota.

Finally, on Friday 29th, Sara Santilli and Ilaria Di Maggio of the LaRios Laboratory of the University of Padua will start a reflection on how to orient oneself after their studies, questioning the problems of social justice, inclusion, sustainable development and decent work, learning to recognize discrimination, inequality, barriers.

In addition to meetings for students, workshops for teachers will also be offered. These are appointments recognized by the Miur, which allow you to collect training credits and, in cases where a registration fee is required, it will be possible to use the teacher’s card to pay it.


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