Marsala, the scientific students who were sworn in at the Strega Giovani Prize.

Students of the Liceo Scientifico Ruggieri of Marsala have sworn in the Strega Giovani Award 2022. In particular, 3G was part of the jury of girls and boys between 16 and 18 years old, made up of over 100 secondary schools in Italy and abroad. (Berlin, Brussels, Paris).

With the vote of the students winning, Veronica Raimo was winner of the ninth edition of the Strega Giovani 2022 Award, with the novel “Niente di vero”. The award ceremony took place on June 7 at the Pala Studio in Cinecittà in front of hundreds of girls and boys from all over Italy. The award was presented by Giuseppe D’Avino, President of Strega Alberti Benevento.

Accompanied by the students were the excited and satisfied professionals Claudia Colicchia and Giovanna Armato, who involved them in reading books and then in the wonderful experience of jurors. The prize, which the judges took part in, was also an opportunity for a great tour through the evocative places in Rome.

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The IA of the IC “Capuana-Pardo” awarded at the Palazzo Madama – With great enthusiasm the students of the IA of the IC “Capuana-Pardo” of Castelvetrano learned that they were the winners of the project – contest “Witness of the Rights”, organized by the Senate of the Republic together with the Ministry of Education. A member of the Institution Communications Bureau of the Senate of the Republic, Dr. Michela Fonte, promptly addressed this to the teacher, Prof. Anna Vania Stallone, and the speaker of the competition, prof. Ginetta Risalvato, shared food. He was pleased to congratulate the manager for encouraging the students to take part in the initiative, making a significant contribution to bringing young people closer to the institutions and promoting their civic sense. This was followed by a formal letter signed by Dr Raissa Teodori, Parliamentary Adviser to the Senate of the Republic. The students learned that the award ceremony will take place in the Palazzo Madama in the school year 2022-2023. Children will also have the opportunity to become role models for their peers in other Italian schools, as the Senate reserves the right to use the materials they produce for training activities.
Below we illustrate the different stages of the competition. After an initial selection of the projects proposed by all the participating schools in Italy, the class was invited to study one of the articles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, to review its implementation in its own territory and all proposals to formulate to guarantee. Compliance .. The young people who gave the project the title “Surf the net without being shipwrecked” chose to affirm Article 12: the right to privacy. The decision to devote to this subject arose after a wide-ranging debate in the classroom about the sociological upheaval of the Covid emergency and the consequences that this entails, namely the use / misuse of the internet and the spread of wrong behavior , which pose risks of manipulation of the intimate and private sphere. Digital technologies have, especially for young people, experienced the last “lifeline” facing loneliness and boredom during the pandemic and the only way to maintain social relationships. Diving into the screen, moving on the internet are simple operations in themselves, but knowing how to stay does not mean knowing exactly the risks of the sea. From these reflections of the students, together with the teachers who led them, was born the desire to do something to make the net a safe place for the new generations.
The training, which began in October and ended in April, was divided into several phases: starting with the analysis of the articles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights with a focus on art. 12, students have been following the evolution of the concept of privacy from its origins to the digital age.

Formulating and conducting an in-class interview about colleagues’ online lives was the second step.
Third step, the establishment of a partnership with the Childhood and Adolescence Observatory, represented by Dr. Francesco Lucido, Sociologist and Trapani ASP. Between November and April, students were involved in the “Project Ri_media@8.0” for the socio-psycho-physical well-being of minors and their families, digital nationality and the responsible and conscious use of the Internet, smartphones and new communication technologies.
Many activities that are carried out during the course: analysis of news articles, role-playing activities with role simulation, creation of multimedia products about victims who have experienced abuse related to privacy rights, especially on victims of traditional and online bullying.

Of particular interest is the development of a video on cyberbullying, which was donated to Papa Picchio, father of the first confirmed victim of cyberbullying, Carolina, and presented to school institutes by the institute.
Awareness raising in the field was one of the objectives of the project, in which the whole school was involved through the implementation of training interventions with the participation of the bullying and cyberbullying team, the digital team of the Institute for the design of a training plan with the intervention of The experts. We are reminded of “Generation Z in the Age of Metaverse”, led by sociologist Francesco Pira, professor at the University of Messina, training intervention led by honorary president, Dr. Paolo Picchio and expert trainer of the Carolina Foundation, meetings with the Castelvetrano State Police and Trapani Post Police.

The training activities were completed with a questionnaire addressed to the students and their families, which was followed by an analysis of the data that emerged. This questionnaire was made available to the school to monitor and implement any preventive measures with respect to online abuse that violate the right to privacy.
But no action makes sense if it remains limited and therefore implementation proposals have been made to the Mayor and Councilor for Social Policy: the activation of a telephone line for all victims of privacy violations and the adoption of a bench dedicated to Carolina Picchio.
The students were excellently guided by their teachers at all stages of the course, led by prof. Ginetta Risalvato, teacher and rapporteur for bullying and cyberbullying at the institute, was masterfully coordinated.

Special thanks to teachers Nino Biondo, Gina Risalvato, Antonella Spallino and Fabio Vivona.
These are the words of the students, witnesses of the rights who now like to call themselves “The Children of Article 12”: “At the end of this extraordinary journey to discover the right to privacy, we can say that a empathic revolution has been triggered. and us, a process of empowerment that has led us to believe that it is still possible to ensure that the network provides an opportunity for our young people to meet and not to abuse and harm privacy and human dignity We would like to thank the Director Anna Vania Stallone, our teachers, the Senate and the Ministry of Education for providing us with the opportunity to be witnesses of rights.

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Robotics at the Industrial Institute. “License” for the future – The “P. Mattarella”, known as the Industrial Institute of Marsala, is a technical school with a strong pedagogical impact, offering young people skills that can be easily used in the world of work.
Since 2016, the institute has been involved in the field of industrial robotics and through the collaboration of two major companies, Pearson and COMAU, respectively leaders in the field of publishing and in the field of industrial robotics, has allowed many students to obtain the “Patentino della Robotics”, an international certification much appreciated in the industrial field for the technical skills of use and programming of the COMAU industrial manipulators managed with PDL2 language.
The Mattarella Institute, headed by the Director Dr. Maria Luisa Asaro, and its staff have three permanent teachers specializing in industrial robotics and with many years of experience. It’s about prof. Daniele Tranchida, Head of Robotics Laboratory, improves 2018 with ERDF funds, prof. Fabio Parrinello, PCTO contact person and Prof. Ignazio Pizzo, Instrumental function for orientation, all teachers of electronics and related subjects, who, after attending a specific course at the COMAU Academy in Turin, were allowed to train students and teachers in the framework of the project “Patentino della Robotics” Execution of Examination sessions for all of Western Sicily, out of a total of 33 qualified teachers throughout Italy.

Last March, on the occasion of “Pigreco Day”, the institute had the pleasure of awarding the “Robotics License” to 30 fifth-year students who had taken one of the two 120-hour courses offered by the Years previously funded, entirely with PON. Funded by the Ministry of Education and validated for the purpose of the PCTO (former school-work alternative).
This is a goal we want to achieve again next year, because in September 2022, a new course will be launched, aimed at future fifth graders.

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