East Naples, young people study space with Maestri di Strada and Asi

The very young people of the eastern suburbs of Naples and the School of Astrophysics. The opportunity comes through the collaboration of the Asbl Maestri di Strada and the Italian space agency, which intend to involve young people in situations of great educational poverty and risk from school in the study of technical-scientific subjects.

The pedagogical reality led by Cesare Moreno – based in the ‘Ciro Colonna’ Cantiere Urbano for educational transformations and through Curzio Malaparte in Ponticelli – will, thanks to ASI, create new laboratories to deepen the study of STEM (science, technology, engineers) ) Subjects and mathematics) for the very young. In addition, new training and vocational training opportunities are being offered to teachers, educators and operators in the third social sector. In this way, it will be possible, from the direct protagonists, to know the significance of space adventures, to pass them on to their students.

In May, meetings with Alessandro Coletta and Elisabetta Cavazzuti of ASI and Silvia Piranomonte of INAF are planned. It talks about the usefulness of Earth observation satellites and the most important astrophysical discoveries of the last ten years. It begins Wednesday, May 18 from 4 to 6 p.m., with ASI astrophysicist Alessandro Coletta, mission director of the COSMO-SkyMed Satellite Constellation and ASI manager of the “Downstream and Application Services” unit explaining “Why Earth observes Space is good for us “. The meetings on Tuesday 24 and Wednesday 25 May are organized by Elisabetta Cavazzuti, an astrophysicist, one of the leading researchers in space program studying astrophysical phenomena in X-rays and gamma rays, and Silvia Piranomonte, Researcher at the National Institute of Astrophysics. where he conducts research in the field of multi-messenger astronomy: they focus on the most important astrophysical discoveries of the last ten years with a special focus on “Going into Space”. Introducing the assemblies, Germana Galoforo, head of ASI’s education office and Minerva Mission’s education activities, Cesare Moreno, president of the nonprofit roadmasters, and Filomena Carillo, head of the non-profit roadmasters’ training. Other meetings are planned in the fall to dilute the science and technology applied in space.

“The Minerva mission with ESA astronaut of Italian nationality Samantha Cristoforetti allowed me to take advantage of the opportunity offered by the space missions to play an important role in educating and taking advantage of the opportunity, once again, to culture aviation as a source of inspiration for young people, ”he explains Mario Cosmo, Director of Science and Research at ASIthe details: “The meeting between ASI and non-profit road professionals wants to send a signal, provide inspiration, say young people living in situations of marginalization, educational poverty, risk of early school leaving, that we must instead count a horizon far away, bright ».

“Technical and scientific education is at the same time the one that offers young people the greatest opportunities for employment and is an important resource for our country to improve its economy. It is also known that many young people living in difficult situations are more willing to engage in technical subjects than to express themselves in the humanities “, explains Cesare Moreno, President of the Maestri di Strada onlus, says: “For all these reasons, the Maestri di Strada invests heavily in STEM disciplines and at the same time offers young people the opportunity to discover their soul through poetry and dreams. The title of the course “Interminati spaces and superhuman silences” is a quote from “The Infinite” by Giacomo Leopardi, which stood at the center of an experimental poetic laboratory, and the three stars in Archer’s view are dream, care and the beauty which are the three guidelines of our work. Through the eyes of Samanta Cristofoletti and her colleagues at ASI, we have the opportunity to have a daydream and at the same time the opportunity to open a “window” with passionate scientists on the scientific professions ».

Meetings will be held in Naples at the Ciro Colonna Urban Construction Site for Educational Transformations on Curzio Malaparte 42 in Ponticelli, quarters east of Naples, and it will also be possible to follow them live.

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