In 1999 Seara da Ciência, the science museum of Federal University of Ceará (UFC) was founded. Created by a group of teachers from UFC, Seara aims to stimulate curiosity for science, culture and technology by making connections with everyday life and by promoting interdisciplinarity. The institution, which has as its motto the phrase "It‗s forbidden not to touch", brings together several projects aiming to popularize Science. For the analysis we used a hybrid approach, combining case study with the method of participant observation, and semi-structured or e-mail conducted interviews. The field research was divided into two moments: the first occurred in the month of July 2013, when interviews were conducted with teachers and monitors working in the organization in order to establish a historical overview of Seara‗s work. The second part took place in December 2013, when the State Science and Culture Fair was held. The science fair was promoted by the state government in partnership with Seara da Ciência. We interviewed 22 public school students and 9 teachers who participated of this initiative. Curiously, most of them had never stepped into a science centre or museum and many of them had never heard of Seara da Ciência. As results we can mention the low rate of visitation (considering high school enrollment in Fortaleza), the predominance of non-voluntary public (school visits and science fairs) and the lack of awareness of Seara's work by the students who participated in the State Science and Culture Fair in December 2013.

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Science popularization actions developed by Seara da Ciência in Ceará, Brazil

Giselle Silva   State University of Campinas

In 1999 Seara da Ciência, the science museum of Federal University of Ceará (UFC) was founded. Created by a group of teachers from UFC, Seara aims to stimulate curiosity for science, culture and technology by making connections with everyday life and by promoting interdisciplinarity. The institution, which has as its motto the phrase "It‗s forbidden not to touch", brings together several projects aiming to popularize Science. For the analysis we used a hybrid approach, combining case study with the method of participant observation, and semi-structured or e-mail conducted interviews. The field research was divided into two moments: the first occurred in the month of July 2013, when interviews were conducted with teachers and monitors working in the organization in order to establish a historical overview of Seara‗s work. The second part took place in December 2013, when the State Science and Culture Fair was held. The science fair was promoted by the state government in partnership with Seara da Ciência. We interviewed 22 public school students and 9 teachers who participated of this initiative. Curiously, most of them had never stepped into a science centre or museum and many of them had never heard of Seara da Ciência. As results we can mention the low rate of visitation (considering high school enrollment in Fortaleza), the predominance of non-voluntary public (school visits and science fairs) and the lack of awareness of Seara's work by the students who participated in the State Science and Culture Fair in December 2013.

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