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National contest “I giovani e le scienze” (Youth and Science)

This year, 40 projects by Italian schools and 8 projects from foreign schools (Belgium, Germany, Spain, Netherlands, Brazil and Mexico) were selected for the national contest “I giovani e le scienze” (Youth and Science). Among these there was also the experimental bioreactor built by three students of the Jožef Stefan Technical High School. (More about the chosen projects at http://www.fast.mi.it/gs2014/GioScie_Finalisti.pdf)

On the first day, the participants prepared the exhibition stalls and soon after they had to discuss their work in English in front of a commission. The atmosphere at the event was lively and relaxed, as the participants visited each others’ stalls, exchange opinions and suggestions and they learned about each other through their work. In the afternoon, they were interviewed by two local TV stations: TeleLombardia and the regional TV station RAI.

The contest “I giovani e le scienze” is the only Italian competition that unites all sciences and several scientific talks are being offered – some broadcasted on the webpage http://www.fasttv.org/.

On Sunday morning, the students will visit Milan in mixed groups and in the afternoon they will be again at the exhibition hall as the event will be open to the general public. On Monday at 10.45, the award ceremony will start determining the projects that will represent Italy at various European and international scientific contests, such as EUCYS (European Union Contest for Young Scientists) in Warsaw, the INESPO (International Environment & Sustainability Project Olympiad) in Amsterdam and the International Science and Engineering Fair in Pittsburgh, USA, among others. Cash prizes are also being given by different companies and associations.

The award ceremony will be broadcasted on the website http://www.fasttv.org/