Science and knowledge in and for society
PLaNCK! I’m going to be a little scientist!
PLaNCK! is our main project: the bilingual science magazine for children (8-12 years old) in collaboration with the University of Padua (Italy) including all our topics: science and communication, science and society, science and school, cultural intersections. In PLaNCK! we tell science to children with articles, comics, experiments, games and interviews, combining different levels of education, from primary school to university, directly involving teachers, readers and researchers.
SCIENCE AND COMMUNICATION
Science has always been connected with our history and has contributed to the evolution of technology and our way of thinking. In this context science communication plays a fundamental role. Science communication should start from the dissemination of scientific researches, made by expert in the field, not only to an expert audience but also to a wider one promoting a more active and aware citizenship. With our activities we aim at communicating science to young and adult people through editorial projects, public events and laboratories.
SCIENCE IN AND FOR SOCIETY
Now as it was in the past, science plays a key role in and for society. As a consequence science should be communicated taking into account this crucial point. Conscious citizens are the result of this way of communicating science, a way in which particular topics and critical issues are addressed. These concepts should be introduced to the youngest children in order to help them to think critically and independently in the future. Events, exhibitions and specific laboratories are tools that we use to meet these goals.
SCIENCE AND SCHOOL
Science education is the starting point for the development of scientific culture. Besides traditional teaching, creative activities should be implemented with the aim of improving kids’ scientific curiosity. Team work and the development of proper ways of thinking are also crucial factors in scientific learning together with the ability of realizing written texts as tools for communicating science. Our activities are mainly focused on the development of these science communication tools at school.
Most of us think that all various knowledge fields are separated from each other whereas they are strictly connected and fully intersected. Science, literature and art are examples of these cultural intersections and communicate similar concepts using different tools that, when put together, give a comprehensive overview of complex issues. When creating scientific workshops and events we combine therefore different cultural backgrounds with the aim of highlighting the interdisciplinary nature that characterizes the world of knowledge.