Science and technology have an important role in modern life. More and more often people demand to be involved and not just informed about scientific topics and the general consensus is that (young) researchers are the best carriers towards this goal. For several years many European countries have been testing new deliberative democracy instruments, especially through public debates. Active Science foresees to apply the same methodology to project recipients and objectives.
Active Science is a project of public engagement in science by Agorà Scienza. The aim is to increase the awareness of secondary school students on topical issues of science and technology.
It is a master plan of deliberative democracy and scientific citizenship, which uses the web as the main instrument to inform, diffuse and communicate.
The themes of each edition are collectively identified by a scientific committee. A panel of experts is then set up for each topic; each expert can and will interact with students, thus providing a direct link between education and research.
The method adopted by the project stimulates scientific inquiry together with autonomous and critical thinking. In the first two editions Active Science involved more than 2000 high school students. Its initial local-scale approach (three Italian regions: Piemonte, Lombardia and Emilia Romagna) can be an important test towards a National and possibly European scale approach.
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Active science
Public engagement with science at school via web

Andrea Bortoli   Centro Interuniversitario Agorà Scienza, Alberto Chiari Centro Interuniversitario Agorà Scienza

Gianni Latini   Centro Interuniversitario Agorà Scienza

Science and technology have an important role in modern life. More and more often people demand to be involved and not just informed about scientific topics and the general consensus is that (young) researchers are the best carriers towards this goal. For several years many European countries have been testing new deliberative democracy instruments, especially through public debates. Active Science foresees to apply the same methodology to project recipients and objectives.
Active Science is a project of public engagement in science by Agorà Scienza. The aim is to increase the awareness of secondary school students on topical issues of science and technology.
It is a master plan of deliberative democracy and scientific citizenship, which uses the web as the main instrument to inform, diffuse and communicate.
The themes of each edition are collectively identified by a scientific committee. A panel of experts is then set up for each topic; each expert can and will interact with students, thus providing a direct link between education and research.
The method adopted by the project stimulates scientific inquiry together with autonomous and critical thinking. In the first two editions Active Science involved more than 2000 high school students. Its initial local-scale approach (three Italian regions: Piemonte, Lombardia and Emilia Romagna) can be an important test towards a National and possibly European scale approach.

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