Created in 2006, Universidade das Crianças (Children’s University) is an outreach project that works within the Science Diffusion Nucleus of the Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG) in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. Empowerment, interdisciplinarity and social inclusion are the basic objectives over which the project is developed – using science as a vehicle and main action theme, developed with children aged between 9 and 12 years old, mainly in communities in Belo Horizonte area where access to scientific knowledge is scarce. Through hands-on workshops, the project is able to promote empowerment and curiosity among underprivileged children by leaving room for the to pose questions about anything they want to know. These questions are the raw material UC uses to produce texts, short radio programs and animations – and this will be the main goal of the presentation. It’s all a result of an interdisciplinary environment that combines students and researchers from the Biological Sciences, Medicine, Visual Arts and Communication. The creative process is a result of much discussion and exchange of point of view – people from the Arts, Humanities and Life Sciences have a constant contact and teach one another about the inner processes of their area: for times, an element or another is not possible to be put on the plot due to the necessity of scientific accuracy; or a word or two have to be put differently on the script in order to keep the rhythm, tone and the linking of ideas. The result of all this interdisciplinary work and engagement is a high-quality production that counts with nine short animated films – many of them having been awarded prizes in festivals around Brazil and Latin America. The aim of this ‘Show, Tell and Talk‘ presentation will be to discuss and show a little of the creative process of the workshops the project does - as well as present some of the products that resulted from this work, such as animated films, audio programs and illustrated texts.

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Universidade das crianças
Science as a social inclusion vehicle

Meghie Rodrigues   Universidade Estadual de Campinas

Marcela Moraes   Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Brazil

Fabiano Bomfim   Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Brazil

Débora Reis   Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Brazil

Created in 2006, Universidade das Crianças (Children’s University) is an outreach project that works within the Science Diffusion Nucleus of the Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG) in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. Empowerment, interdisciplinarity and social inclusion are the basic objectives over which the project is developed – using science as a vehicle and main action theme, developed with children aged between 9 and 12 years old, mainly in communities in Belo Horizonte area where access to scientific knowledge is scarce. Through hands-on workshops, the project is able to promote empowerment and curiosity among underprivileged children by leaving room for the to pose questions about anything they want to know. These questions are the raw material UC uses to produce texts, short radio programs and animations – and this will be the main goal of the presentation. It’s all a result of an interdisciplinary environment that combines students and researchers from the Biological Sciences, Medicine, Visual Arts and Communication. The creative process is a result of much discussion and exchange of point of view – people from the Arts, Humanities and Life Sciences have a constant contact and teach one another about the inner processes of their area: for times, an element or another is not possible to be put on the plot due to the necessity of scientific accuracy; or a word or two have to be put differently on the script in order to keep the rhythm, tone and the linking of ideas. The result of all this interdisciplinary work and engagement is a high-quality production that counts with nine short animated films – many of them having been awarded prizes in festivals around Brazil and Latin America. The aim of this ‘Show, Tell and Talk‘ presentation will be to discuss and show a little of the creative process of the workshops the project does - as well as present some of the products that resulted from this work, such as animated films, audio programs and illustrated texts.

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