July 21, 2017

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.