The Open Laboratory of Interactivity for the Dissemination of Scientific Knowledge and Technology (LAbI) of the Federal University of São Carlos (UFSCar, Brazil) is engaged in the development of processes and products of knowledge dissemination guided by the promotion of scientific culture; the relationship between Science, Technology, Society and Environment; the creative use of interactive Technologies; and the connection between Art and Science. One of its main products is the one hour long weekly radio program “Paideia”, presented live. The program begins with the “Sky of the Week”, with instructions on how to observe the sky that week. There are then presented and discussed Science newspieces recently published, in order both to disseminate knowledge and to promote media criticism. The program also brings interviews with researchers and tips for events and publications, among others. The “Sky of the Week” is also presented as a videocast with an average duration of 3 minutes, which brings also a curiosity about Astronomy, spanning from the mythology of the constellations to topics in Astrophysics and Cosmology. The radio soap opera “Invented Truths” reports – in 37 episodes of 10 minutes each – the findings of Laura, a 15 year old girl whose daily activities lead to imaginary adventures in which she meets scientists and thinkers from different times and places. Aiming to explore and investigate the potential of other interactive media, there was also created the website Laura’s Blog, in which, in addition to reporting her adventures, the personage adds new approaches – usually deeper – to the content related to each episode. Finally, within the interactive exhibition “Memories of a Carbon”, visitors can pilot a spaceship using their bodies (using the resources of the electronic gaming device Kinect) and thus are immersed in a interactive adventure through time and space, in which it is possible to follow – in games and videos – the trajectory of the carbon atoms in the Universe, since their appearance inside a star until arrival to our planet billions of years later. During this journey in search of the carbon atom, visitors, beyond playful experience and interaction with knowledge about the carbon cycle, can learn more about stars, nebulae, planets and other celestial objects.

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LAbI-open laboratory of interactivity for the dissemination of scientific knowledge and technology (LAbI)

Mariana Pezzo   Universidade Federal de São Carlos, Brazil

Adilson Oliveira   Universidade Federal de São Carlos, Brazil

Tárcio Fabrício   Universidade Federal de São Carlos, Brazil Gustavo Rojas - Universidade Federal de São Carlos, Brazil

The Open Laboratory of Interactivity for the Dissemination of Scientific Knowledge and Technology (LAbI) of the Federal University of São Carlos (UFSCar, Brazil) is engaged in the development of processes and products of knowledge dissemination guided by the promotion of scientific culture; the relationship between Science, Technology, Society and Environment; the creative use of interactive Technologies; and the connection between Art and Science. One of its main products is the one hour long weekly radio program “Paideia”, presented live. The program begins with the “Sky of the Week”, with instructions on how to observe the sky that week. There are then presented and discussed Science newspieces recently published, in order both to disseminate knowledge and to promote media criticism. The program also brings interviews with researchers and tips for events and publications, among others. The “Sky of the Week” is also presented as a videocast with an average duration of 3 minutes, which brings also a curiosity about Astronomy, spanning from the mythology of the constellations to topics in Astrophysics and Cosmology. The radio soap opera “Invented Truths” reports – in 37 episodes of 10 minutes each – the findings of Laura, a 15 year old girl whose daily activities lead to imaginary adventures in which she meets scientists and thinkers from different times and places. Aiming to explore and investigate the potential of other interactive media, there was also created the website Laura’s Blog, in which, in addition to reporting her adventures, the personage adds new approaches – usually deeper – to the content related to each episode. Finally, within the interactive exhibition “Memories of a Carbon”, visitors can pilot a spaceship using their bodies (using the resources of the electronic gaming device Kinect) and thus are immersed in a interactive adventure through time and space, in which it is possible to follow – in games and videos – the trajectory of the carbon atoms in the Universe, since their appearance inside a star until arrival to our planet billions of years later. During this journey in search of the carbon atom, visitors, beyond playful experience and interaction with knowledge about the carbon cycle, can learn more about stars, nebulae, planets and other celestial objects.

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