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Biological programme

Kemija + biologija = jamstvo za boljši jutri. Po končanem petletnem šolanju dijaki pridobijo znanja in spretnosti, ki jim omogočajo takojšnjo zaposlitev ali pa nadaljnji študij na vseh fakultetah – tako tehničnih kot humanističnih.

Učenje predmetov, kot so organska in anorganska kemija, biokemija, okoljska fizika, biologija, mikrobiologija in tehnologije nadzora okolja, je osnova k zavedanju pomena znanosti za ekonomsko rast in trajnostni razvoj v celotnem evropskem prostoru.

Dijaki kemijsko-biološkega oddelka se naučijo vrednotenja sveta, kar vodi v učinkovito uporabo pridobljenega znanja.

News indirizzo biologico

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/

Students Participate at the National Contest “I giovani e le scienze” (Youth and Science) with a Biodesel Project

Fifth-year students Mirko Juretič, Henrik Sturman and Martin Milič were chosen to present their biodiesel project at the final selection of “I Giovani e le Scienze”(Youth and Science) in Milan from the 2nd to the 5th of May. The contest was organized by the Italian Organization of Scientific and Technology Associations (FAST), on behalf of the European Commission. The students' original bioreactor was built from scratch using recycled materials and they have already managed to produce some biofuel with it. Firstly, biochemistry student Mirko Juretič, in collaboration with the Institute OGS (National Institute of Oceanography and Experimental Geophysics) of Trieste, researched the right conditions for the cultivation of microalgae and produced a solution of wastewater with which he stimulated thriving microalgae. Secondly, his schoolmates Martin Milič of the mechanical section and Henrik Sturman of the electronics department planned and constructed the bioreactor, which operates through sensors regulating heat and light by the use of an Arduino micrrocontroller. We are all very proud of this project as it uses a multidisciplinary approach, which is of crucial importance in science today. Moreover, considering that the demand for new sources of energy is increasing, this project, which provides a way to produce second-generation biofuels, is on the cutting edge.

The Resuscitation and Defibrillation course

The students of the fifth year have completed a resuscitation and defibrillation course in case of a heart attack. The initiative was taken by the 5th electronics class after their beloved teacher and class coordinator Davor Pečenko passed away after a heart attack. The students themselves had got in touch with the local medical unit, with whom the school then signed an agreement that for the first time in a Trieste high school organized a course to teach the fundamental procedures for resuscitation with defibrillation (BLS-D Basic Life Support – Defibrillation). This type of course is standardized and at the end the participants are certified to use a defibrillator. Even though these courses are commonly organized at sports clubs and centres, they are new for a school environment.

Resuscitation training for those who don't have a specific medical background proceeds according to international standards. It consists of a five-hour theoretical-practical part and the content and the ratio between the participants and trainers is strictly determined.

Twenty students of the 5th year and four teachers and staff of the school Stefan have learnt how to recognize different situations when immediate resuscitation before the arrival of a rescue unit is crucial. Moreover, they have learnt the protocols and the conditions required in order to be effective at resuscitation.

Until recent times, the use of a defibrillator was limited to medical staff. The wider spread of automatic defibrillators at key positions such as sports halls, stations, airports and shopping centres enables people even without medical training to intervene in case of a heart attack. In the first phase, BLS-D protocol involves the immediate recognition of acute coronary syndrome, unconsciousness and checking for breathing. In the second phase, it teaches the right procedure to ensure the maintenance of unobstructed breathing and artificial breathing techniques, external hand massage of the heart, the use of the automatic external defibrillator and how to proceed in case of choking.

Nowadays, we are greatly exposed to the risks of heart attack for a number of reasons. In Europe, 40% of all deaths among those younger than 75 is because of heart and vascular diseases. The data show that in Italy one inhabitant out of 1000 has a heart attack every year. As correct and prompt intervention is closely connected to the chances of survival, it is important that a greater number of the population is trained in resuscitation techniques. Therefore, the local medical unit wishes that such training will be repeated also with the students and staff of other schools in Trieste.