Mitigating School Dropout with Science

Mitigating School Dropout with Science 2016-11-09T16:03:44+00:00

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Presenter: Mr Enrico M Balli, Sissa Medialab, Italy
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Higher education institutions can have a major role in changing the life perspectives and improving the science capital of many children and young people who are kept at the margin of the educational system, as experienced during the EC funded SiS Catalyst project. We present a case study of the Children University Programme at SISSA (Trieste, Italy) run with a group of teenagers who have interrupted the school before the terms of the obligation. The aim of the project was exploring the potential of science to mitigate school drop out and facilitate social inclusion.

After a short period of mutual understanding and acquaintance with the research activities of SISSA, we carried out some workshops on coding using Scratch! Eventually the SMAC pupils were invited to become mentors of a CoderDojo event organized at SISSA with a group of teachers.

The preliminary outcomes are very encouraging: through the active engagement, the participants have succeeded in completing a complex project, taking responsibility, dealing with other people external to their usual circle (both children and adults), in a context in which they have been valued and respected.
The talk is aimed to teachers and educators with interest in social inclusion and disadvantaged pupils.
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balliMr Enrico M Balli
Sissa Medialab, Italy
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Enrico M. Balli is the CEO of Sissa Medialab. He has been marketing and communication officer in major publishing companies and media agencies in Italy and abroad. He is a specialist in developing education and communication project using different media since 1980. He serves on the Steering Committees of several European networks. He is the treasurer of Eusea, the European Science Events Association.
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