Laboratories and games

Lady Scientists

Age: 8-12

Number of participants: 15

Time: 90 minutes

Description. "Lady Scientists" is an activity devoted to children with the aim of telling the world of science highlighting the stories of great women scientists who played an important role in the history of science.
The "women in science" topic is of national and international interest. A large number of Italian Ministry and European Union are focused on that theme and they are aimed at analysing and discuss all the aspects around this science and society topic.

The activity is divided into three scientific laboratories referred to three important women in the history of science.

Lab #1. My first sky by night (Margherita Hack)
How to realize paper constellation

Lab #2. Molecules of life with… candies (Rosalind Franklin)
Letìs discover the structure of DNA and other molecules using candies

Lab #3. Discovering Vitamin C (Agnes Fay Morgan)
How can we know the content of Vitamin C in food?

Goals
- Learn the science in a fun way
- Team work
- Connect Science and History
- Begin to understand the role of science in society
- Learn to handle simple laboratory instruments

Mini-reporter

Age: 8-12

Number of participants: 15

Time: 3 hours (1 hour of visit + 2 hours for the activity)

Description. The activity "mini-reporter" is in collaboration with the editorial board of the Italian magazine for children “Prime Pagine Magazine” (www.primepagine.info). The activity consists in visiting one scientific site (museum, park…) with paper, pen and camera, like real reporters.
The participants have to catch the secrets of science to write a scientific article at the end.

Goals
- Visit a place of science in an original way
- Learn how to get principal information during a visit
- Improve analytic thinking
- Learn how to write a journal article
- Learn team work
- Improve creativity

Examples of places already visited with this activity: the Botanical Garden of Padua (Italy), the Museum of the History of Physics in Padua (Italy)

Mini-editorial board

Age: 8-12

Number of participants: 15

Time: 2 hours

Description. Kids are part of the editorial board of a scientific magazine and they have to prepare their journal article starting with texts, images and scientific information given by the activity coordinators. The title, images and other items are chosen by the participants giving them the possibility to improve creativity and imagination.
This activity can be done at school, in libraries, bookstores, or in any other location and it is strongly related to the editorial project PLaNCK!.

Goals
- Learn scientific contents
- Improve analytic thinking
- Learn how to organize scientific information in a written text
- Learn how to write a journal article
- Learne team work
- Improve creativity

1,2,3… PLaNCK!


Age: 8-12

Number of participants: 20 max

Time: variable (30 minutes at least)

Description. A team game for children in which every team will have to move on a big board positioned on the floor like in traditional board games. Children have to answer to scientific questions to move on the board and win the game! The questions are taken from PLaNCK! issue topics!.
It is a good way to learn science while having fun!

Goals
- Learn teamwork
- Learn scientific contents

Word games… with science

Age: higher than 15

Number of participants: 6

Time: 30 minutes

Description. As in the famous Italian TV show "Chain Reaction", the competotors, divided into two teams of three people each, will have to complete chains of… scientific words.
A funny game for friends and families!

Goals
- Learn teamwork
- Learn scientific contents in a funny way
- Improve creative thinking and intuition

Scientific... treasure hunt

Age: 8-12

Number of participants: 20

Time: 2 hours

Description. Children, divided into teams, have to find hidden clues hidden after passing a scientific test. At the end, as for the best treasure hunts, there is a real treasure… a scientific treasure, obviously.

Goals
- Learn team work
- Learn scientific contents
- Improve creative thinking
- Improve intuition and problem solving