Science can be as fun as it is beautiful and intriguing. And not only that: it can be palatable to different kinds of public and not only can – as it should – make usage of the curiosity of these publics so that scientific discourse makes sense and be absorbed by them. These are some of the ideas that direct the extension project Universidade das Crianças (UC), from Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG), which main goal is to communicate science to children in a playful, interactive and socially inclusive way. Its results go far beyond the good ideas it merges and fosters: the short animated movies produced by the project have earned prizes inside and outside Brazil, being present in several animation festivals in Latin America; the project has also been presented in scientific meetings in Latin America and Europe – and some of the illustrated texts have been compiled into a book, which is having its final details being taken care of. Universidade das Crianças merges creativity and inter (and multi) disciplinarity and condenses the energy resulting from this mix into showing children that science is an appealing and highly attractive endeavor.   

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Universidade das Crianças
Science as a social inclusion vehicle

Meghie Rodrigues   State University of Campinas

Fabiano Bomfim   Federa lUniversity of Minas Gerais

Marcela Werkema   Federal University of Minas Gerais

Débora d‟Ávila Reis   Federal University of Minas Gerais

Science can be as fun as it is beautiful and intriguing. And not only that: it can be palatable to different kinds of public and not only can – as it should – make usage of the curiosity of these publics so that scientific discourse makes sense and be absorbed by them. These are some of the ideas that direct the extension project Universidade das Crianças (UC), from Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG), which main goal is to communicate science to children in a playful, interactive and socially inclusive way. Its results go far beyond the good ideas it merges and fosters: the short animated movies produced by the project have earned prizes inside and outside Brazil, being present in several animation festivals in Latin America; the project has also been presented in scientific meetings in Latin America and Europe – and some of the illustrated texts have been compiled into a book, which is having its final details being taken care of. Universidade das Crianças merges creativity and inter (and multi) disciplinarity and condenses the energy resulting from this mix into showing children that science is an appealing and highly attractive endeavor.   

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