Funny Science in the neighborhood is a Program of the Science Faculty (UNCPBAArgentina) in cooperation with the Municipality of Tandil. It is a temporary ‘handson’ exhibit that makes a tour for neighborhoods of the city, generating interest in science, among people of all ages and backgrounds, by the presentation of devices and demonstrations, mainly physics, carefully chosen to be entertaining as well as educative. At present it has almost 60 interactive modules with hands-on experiments; the work-team is integrated by scientists, teachers, technicians and students from the Faculty. It intends to promote the diffusion and popularization of science and technology to the general public, but is primarily aimed to people who live in underserved communities. Between 2012 and 2013, we carry out 14 exhibitions, with about 500 kids among others, in each one. A science interactive exhibition bases its strategies on the visitors actions, providing activities, experiences and devices to interact with, questioning and wondering, discovering not only features of the world that surrounds it, but also their ability to find answers. This encouraging process, that provides ways for discover and develop skills and knowledge, contributes to empowerment and make of these places an optimal tool to improve the quality of life of the most vulnerable sectors of society breaking down barriers socioeconomic,gender, disabilities, of age. The scientific experiences in the exhibition do not distinguish between the public. The interactive exhibition as a “public space” is full of meaning, but it is essential to develop strategies to approach those for which it is especially directed, since their condition ofvulnerability and exclusion, not naturally favors their assistance. It is thus necessary to conquer new scenarios, where the citizen lives, providing relevant information and making socially stimulating activities that encourage attendance, participation and ownership. So we go to the neighborhood!!!In practiced, the exhibition is established for a week in each one. Previously we visit the place, connect and talk with teachers and neighborhood representatives, to gather information about the target audience, which is very broad in terms of ages and interests. This presentation aims to communicate and share the experience gained over this time. The identification and analysis of the successes and weaknesses, allow us to infer strategies to improve and strengthen the action.

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Funny science in the neighborhood

María Luján Castro   Universidad Nacional del Centro de la Provincia de Buenos Aires, Argentina

Ana Laura Echegaray   Universidad Nacional del Centro de la Provincia de Buenos Aires, Argentina

Marisol Martínez   Universidad Nacional del Centro de la Provincia de Buenos Aires, Argentina

Funny Science in the neighborhood is a Program of the Science Faculty (UNCPBAArgentina) in cooperation with the Municipality of Tandil. It is a temporary ‘handson’ exhibit that makes a tour for neighborhoods of the city, generating interest in science, among people of all ages and backgrounds, by the presentation of devices and demonstrations, mainly physics, carefully chosen to be entertaining as well as educative. At present it has almost 60 interactive modules with hands-on experiments; the work-team is integrated by scientists, teachers, technicians and students from the Faculty. It intends to promote the diffusion and popularization of science and technology to the general public, but is primarily aimed to people who live in underserved communities. Between 2012 and 2013, we carry out 14 exhibitions, with about 500 kids among others, in each one. A science interactive exhibition bases its strategies on the visitors actions, providing activities, experiences and devices to interact with, questioning and wondering, discovering not only features of the world that surrounds it, but also their ability to find answers. This encouraging process, that provides ways for discover and develop skills and knowledge, contributes to empowerment and make of these places an optimal tool to improve the quality of life of the most vulnerable sectors of society breaking down barriers socioeconomic,gender, disabilities, of age. The scientific experiences in the exhibition do not distinguish between the public. The interactive exhibition as a “public space” is full of meaning, but it is essential to develop strategies to approach those for which it is especially directed, since their condition ofvulnerability and exclusion, not naturally favors their assistance. It is thus necessary to conquer new scenarios, where the citizen lives, providing relevant information and making socially stimulating activities that encourage attendance, participation and ownership. So we go to the neighborhood!!!In practiced, the exhibition is established for a week in each one. Previously we visit the place, connect and talk with teachers and neighborhood representatives, to gather information about the target audience, which is very broad in terms of ages and interests. This presentation aims to communicate and share the experience gained over this time. The identification and analysis of the successes and weaknesses, allow us to infer strategies to improve and strengthen the action.

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