Goodbye to everybody, see you in 2018!

How long are two weeks? For the 110 participants these two weeks at the We are Energy campus will last forever. It was an extraordinary educational and social experience.

Very busy days. On one hand, the art and science labs, the theatre workshop by Lab on Stage that ended in a great collective performance. The Visual Thinking and Tinkering labs. The trips to Assisi. The meetings with important guests such as Ryan O’Keeffe and Ernesto Ciorra. On the other, there were many fun activities such as the Mini Games Night, the Tableaux Vivants, the Mistery Night, the Dance… and also sports, music and diving into the pool.

A lot of moments of sharing. Even more the smiles and the hugs. And the new friendships.

These children have once again shown us how beautiful being together is. And also that speaking different languages is not an obstacle. And how coexistence is simple if there are respect and desire to know the other.

And as they wrote in the song composed by all the 6 teams that participated in this edition of the campus:

We won our stay in a challenge, mmhhh mmhhh mmhhh

We came from all over the world to score our goal, our goal, yeah!

Because We Are Energy!

Goodbye guys! Thanks again to all of you!

 

FOCUS ON: SCIENTIFIC LAB

Science is fun. You can learn by telling, experimenting and playing.

This is the great premise, the fil rouge who led the scientific laboratories addressed to the participants at the campus We are Energy.

Plastifactory laboratories were focused on the discovery of different types of plastic and their features. A particular attention was put on to thermoplastic materials: wabble bubble; polystyrene; polyethylene and pet.

In order to bring the plastic world closer to art, the participants learnt how manipulate synthetic plastics. They learnt a drawing technique thanks to polymer reactions. And through the phenomenon of crosslinking liquids with a mixture of vinyl glue and shaving foam mixed with sodium borate, they made a Fuffy Slime.

In the Aqueous laboratories the chemical and physical characteristics of the water were analyzed. With the ph analysis, its 3 properties were observed: colorless; tasteless and odorless.

During the Cloud in a Bottle experiment, the participants were able to visualize the water vapor present in the air that we breathe.

The children played with density and surface tension that distinguishes the water. They made soap bubbles and observed the structure of its molecules. Finally thanks to the electrolysis they were able to set up a vehicle prototype.

In the laboratory “I make it myself” the focus has been placed on the ability to produce personal care products. In a ecofriendly and resources saving logic.

The children made soap, toothpaste and moisturizers by learning that self-care begins with particular attention to environmental sustainability.

The laboratories ended up with a gimkana of sustainability. A 3-step trip where all developed a performance.

It started with some children who played the trees of a wood that slowly changed their stutus: from cleaned become extremely polluted. Then, other children showed the greenhouse effect and the hole in the ozone. Some participants represented the heat of the Sun, others the greenhouse gases.

And finally, all the participants represented the biodiversity by turning themselves into nature elements. Every child represented a vector of the net, while the ball was the symbol of life by exemplifying the terrestrial ecosystem where every component is related to the other.

 

Celebration Day: imagining the future to build it together

A big party. An exciting show. This was the Celebration Day, the event organized at the Auditorium Enel in Rome on July 20, 2017, to celebrate We are Energy and reward the 110 winners of Enel‘s “Score the Goal” competition.

Conducted by journalist Federico Taddia, the Celebration Day was the event during which the Enel group, families and young people gathered to celebrate the will to imagine and build a better future. Together.

On stage, a large Goldberg Machine has made protagonist the children and teenagers from 16 countries. Their ideas for reaching the 17 Global Goals for Sustainable Development have been collected within the Future Box, an incubator for dream and projects, which will be opened in 2030. A symbolic date, chosen by the UN as the deadline for the implementation of the SDGs.

The Future Box was also filled with the parents’ thoughts and wishes, as well as with the commitments of President Patrizia Grieco and General Director Francesco Starace. In front of the audience, they formally commited for Enel to become the best energy provider company and to be more and more sustainable.

The great murals made by the Visual Thinking Lab represents the heart and soul of the Celebration Day:

“To imagine the future, never stop dreaming about it. And to make it come true, you need everyone’s commitment. “

 

FOCUS ON: LAB ON STAGE

Together it’s possible. Nothing is impossible. Not even challenge launched by the 17 Global Goals.
Participants at the campus We are Energy to put much effort in achieving this aim. That is why they set up an extraordinary collective performance. The result was a screenplay writteng by the six teams during the Lab on Stage hold by the Lab121 company.
Imaging the future of the world requires sharing of values and knowledge. Participation. Courage. Willpower. But also the ability to dream.
The performance ended with a large round dance around a big globe made up of a lot of wooden blocks on which each kids has written his idea for the future.

A step by step opera that went through six keywords for the future of each person and for the Enel’s vision.

The Green group represented the word Innovation. They symbolized people’s opinions with boxes. The same people build resistance to change. Even involuntarily. It is an innovation when someone is able to change his point of view. Going beyond habits. Overcoming fears. Because this makes life funny.

The White worked on the word Diversity. Every one must be free to be himself. The diversity is a value that makes us better people. Diversity enriches. For example the traditional dances from countries such as Russia or South America can become an opportunity to share knowledge and cultures. Friendship and sharing support diversity.

The Orange team have developed the theme of Education. Education is the basis of every understanding approach. The study allows us to understand. The example of great personalities that have preceded us may be useful to develop our own thinking (Plato, Mandela, J. Kennedy, Walt Disney, Shakespeare…). In order to transform and improve ourselves, we need to experiment. Equally, it is important to develop our own thinking in an autonomous way.

The Blue Group dramatized the concept of Responsibility, meant as the commitment to responding as a company and as single individual. Each action produces consequences. It is in the capacity of each of us to develop empathy towards others. Taking care of the neighbor.

The Yellow team worked on Sustainability. They dealt with the issue of the conscientious use of the resource through the juxtaposition of correct and incorrect behaviors. In addition, through some shadow and light games, they demonstrated the human capacity to make the best use of resources in a community logic.

The Red team talked about the word Collaboration. Through the representation of the expulsion of a monster from the garden, children showed how collaboration is the key resource to achieve a common goal. Everyone’s contribution is essential to the success of a project.
So, by holding their hands and building a long human serpent, the children reached the globo.

The future is here. We are Energy.

 

FOCUS ON: TINKERING LAB

Mission accomplished. The Goldberg Machine designed by the participants of the campus We are Energy worked. The chain reaction designed teams Green, Yellow and Red has sparked with energy, hassle-free.

The complex, intricate, digitized operating system of the Machine was built by the participants during the Tinkering Lab curated by the experts of the Psiquadro cooperative.

The lab has allowed young people to design the Machine. To build the individual panels and their architecture. To design electrical circuits. To decide the various steps, for example adding water. And finally to program specific actions through coding and Arduino.

Tinkering has allowed kids to experiment with an innovative method that promotes making skills and at the same time enhances creativity, fun and scientific research.

Obviously, to build the Goldberg Machine, recycled materials were used. Engines, circuits, pipes, bulbs, bells, switches, wheels, various gear, plugs, tools, and then objects collected by recycling plastic, paper, wood …

FOCUS ON: VISUAL THINKING LAB

Let’s make the world a better place together.

This is the wish at the end of the long murals made by the Blue, Orange and White teams during the Visual Thinking Lab.

One of the few phrases you can read on the wall which illustrates through comic strips, special characters and keywords the best solutions presented to the world by the kids, to make the 17 Global Goals promoted by the UN effective.

It is only apparently that it seems a simple graphic solution. Instead, the murals is the result of an intense synthesis work conducted by the experts of the Housatonic Design Network Association that provided the students with the main Scribing methodologies. The art of explaining complex concepts through drawings, illustrations and words. In a constant flow of thoughts and graphics.

The murals is colorful. Easy and fast to read.

Visualization has allowed the key concepts of the major Global Goals to be shared with all participants from 16 different countries. It has simplified and made a vision of the innovative world understandable. The fruits of cooperation, sustainability, participation and friendship.

We are Energy. And we can change the world. Together.

 

 

 

 

 

 

FOCUS ON: ART WORKSHOP

In this edition of the campus, the Art workshop was the space dedicated to the creativity.

A place where the children can let their imagination run wild under the guidance of the animators who taught them techniques to express each one skills.
A part from the manufacturing, great attention was put on saving the resources. The guys recycled all the materials.
The teens were busy in creating their own t-shirt. Everyone learned to draw a logo by customizing a t-shirt with cuts and inserts. The result is that no one t-shirt is similar to the other. But there are 110 different t-shirts. Original. Unique. Like people who made them.
In the following days, the participants had fun with the Shaving Foam Painting, a technique that allows to marbleize paper or any other material by shaving foam.
Then with milk they made a modelable paste.
Finally, with the construction ribbon and some satin ribbons, they created an installation: an enormous planisphere with the colors from all over the world.

Special Guest: Ernesto Ciorra

“Impossible is nothing”.

With these words Ernesto Ciorra, Director of Innovation and Sustainability of the Enel Group greeted participants at the campus We are Energy.

To innovate we need to change. Accepting transformation as part of ourselves. And to do this we need to get engaged. Believe in ourselves. Defeat our fears. Love what we do.

Difficult situations can become opportunities. Only by believing in our dreams and engaging in achieving them we can become visionaries and great innovators as well, and the Global Goals challenge is a great opportunity to change the world we live in.

After his speech, Director Ciorra participated to the afternoon activities of the campus with the various teams.

With the Yellow team, he took part in the game that illustrates the effects of the greenhouse effect on Earth. With the Red team, he participated to the Sustainable Gimkana activity where the children were challenged in a recycling game. Then he joined with the Green team during a coding lesson. He composed a short symphony with the children, playing the fruits connected to an Arduino device.

With the teenagers group: Orange, Blue and White teams attended the presentation of the Global Goals murals created during the Visual Thinking workshop, a series of tables illustrated by the guys. Symbols and characters expressing the different cultures united by a common vision of a more sustainable future.

DIARY #4 – First Week

The first week at the We are Energy campus has just ended.
Seven days full of energy and happiness.
From morning to evening the participants have been involved in many different activities.

A busy schedule of workshops, labs, trips and night events. During the free time, between one activity and the other, the 110 children and teens met each others. They played sport. They made new friends. They learned how to team up with other peers by overcoming cultural and linguistic borders.

Thanks to the Lab on Stage workshop, they set up a collective performance about the 17 Global Goals. A choral work that is the result of their extraordinary ability to watch the world with hope.

Organized in two groups, they discovered Assisi. They visited the Umbrian town. The Papal Basilica of Saint Francis. They were amazed by the Giotto‘s frescoes.

At the Tinkering Lab they are discovering how to build a Goldberg machine with recycled materials. How to exercise their mind with quizes. How to build an electric circuit.

While at the Visual Thinking Lab, thery are learning to tell stories with symbols and characters, not only words…

Every evening, after dinner, they participated in theme nights: Mini Games, Disco, Movies, Tableaux Vivants, Mistery Night…

But the campus is not over… Keep following us to find out what will happen in the next few days.

Trip to Assisi – second group

On Saturday, the second group of young people participating at campus We are Energy went to visit Assisi as well.

The Umbrian town welcomed the guys with its magical atmosphere.

They walked through the streets of the city center and, entering from different doors, they reached the heart of the medieval town where the complex of the Papal Basilica of St. Francis rises.

The participants visited the Basilica, enjoying of the guides stories and discovering anecdotes and curiosities.

Many of them have been impressed by the story of St. Francis. By his message of peace and fraternity.

The employees’ children grew up in countries with a history and culture which are very different from the Italian ones, and living new experiences such as wandering in a medieval city, observing Giotto’s frescoes and the architectural details that enrich the Basilica has been a unique and exceptional opportunity for them.

A day they will cherish in their heart.

Because, as Saint Francis said:

“First do what is necessary, then what is possible, and suddenly you will surprise yourself by doing the impossible.”