The postmodern society has demanded a permanent contact and interpretation of information related to Science and Technology (S&T). The decisions taken by individuals depend more and more on their training to allow them for the use of available technologies. In this context, it is necessary to bring science closer to the society. However, the distances among the centers for development of S&T in our country are a real problem and the population has no access to technological development. In the most cases science is in the hands of scientists and also restricted to academic boundaries. The popularization of science approaches the general public; it gets the primary and secondary schools, and others onlookers involved in sharing S&T in a playful and interactive fashion. In view of that, the scientific diffusion promotes social inclusion, and its purpose is to enhance the interest of ordinary people, especially the youngest ones, to do science. We have developed some highly complex technological experiments to promote formal as well as itinerant scientific education that allows the science to become reality for everybody. In this present work we approach the activities of Laboratory “Ilha da Ciência” of the Department of Physics Universidade Federal do Maranhão (UFMA) are realizing itinerant exposure in several places in the Maranhão State. The respective results we will present in the Conference.

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The popularization of science as factor of education and social inclusion

Antonio Oliveira   Universidade Federal do Maranhão

Ana Nelo   Universidade Federal do Maranhão

Carlos Costa   Universidade Federal do Maranhão

The postmodern society has demanded a permanent contact and interpretation of information related to Science and Technology (S&T). The decisions taken by individuals depend more and more on their training to allow them for the use of available technologies. In this context, it is necessary to bring science closer to the society. However, the distances among the centers for development of S&T in our country are a real problem and the population has no access to technological development. In the most cases science is in the hands of scientists and also restricted to academic boundaries. The popularization of science approaches the general public; it gets the primary and secondary schools, and others onlookers involved in sharing S&T in a playful and interactive fashion. In view of that, the scientific diffusion promotes social inclusion, and its purpose is to enhance the interest of ordinary people, especially the youngest ones, to do science. We have developed some highly complex technological experiments to promote formal as well as itinerant scientific education that allows the science to become reality for everybody. In this present work we approach the activities of Laboratory “Ilha da Ciência” of the Department of Physics Universidade Federal do Maranhão (UFMA) are realizing itinerant exposure in several places in the Maranhão State. The respective results we will present in the Conference.

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