Researchers at Schools

Ciência de Noz Manera

“Ciência di Noz Manera” (CNM), is an innovative science education programme aimed at 8th grade students from underserved backgrounds in the Greater Lisbon area, especially ethnic minorities, migrants and girls, who are underrepresented groups in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics).

In this project scientists visit local schools and develop a mentoring programme throughout the 2nd semester. CNM lasts 10 – 12 weeks and is organised in 3 phases:

  • 1st phase – Seminars: the scientists present their research experience and academic background to all students. Duration of about 60 to 90 minutes.
  • 2nd stage – Hands-on scientific workshops: the scientists organise hands-on scientific experiments for groups of students who enrol to participate. Duration of one afternoon or one morning.
  • 3rd stage – Mentoring sessions: the scientists carry out mentoring sessions with a small group of students (~2 students/mentor), guiding them in the development of a project in an area of their interest. During this phase objects/materials are also created to be exhibited during the European Researchers’ Night. Duration of 5 to 6 sessions of 60 to 90 minutes each.

After these three phases a summer camp can also be organised, as an additional co-creation period for the presentation in the European Researchers’ Night.

The pilot edition of Ciência di Noz Manera took place between 2021 and 2022 at Pedro D’Orey da Cunha School in Amadora. This 1st edition had >200 students and 34 scientists from the Champalimaud Foundation.

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