MoM’s and first year students in Milan for “Scatti di Scienza 2017″, the yearly contest in Milan organized by “Scienza under 18″ association and Orto Botanico di Brera.
The contest focus on the use of media (videos and pictures) in Science education.
IIS Cavazzi students were selected with their work on new materials among more than 3000 participants.
- Pictures section: “Growth of a Super Absorbent Polymer”
The pictures were taken with an home made microscope (made out of a low cost plastic lense plus smartphone) by first year students. In the context of MoM project dissemination in fact more and more students in the school have been involved in curricular and extracurricular Science activities with new materials.
SAP polymers, also known as “solid rain” may be the key to water scarceness management in agriculture. Due to their capacity to absorb water up to 500 times their weight, they work as precious reservoirs.
- Videos section: “IR self folding“- the video was made during the mobility week in Italy (3-10 March 2017) by an international group of MoM’s students in the context of the “Materials Decathlon”. Under IR light shapes out of polimeric sheets cringe and bend guided by black ink drawn hinges that absorb more than the surrounding areas. This is a macro scale demonstration of what is actually happening and researche at the molecular scale. Acknowledgments:Dr. Michael Dickey- NC State Chemical Engineering.