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Scientific and experiential workshops, interdisciplinary didactic pathways, formative activities and innovative educational projects, training and scientific communication, aimed at students and teachers of schools of all types and levels

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Activities for Schools of all Types and Levels

The activities dedicated to day-care, nursery schools and primary schools use the most advanced educational methods to introduce children to scientific methods early on, to stimulate learning, creativity and the ability to work in groups.

From lower secondary schools and onwards, our workshops kindle the passion for science and technology in adolescents, allowing them to carry out actual experiments directly in the laboratory. For lower secondary education, the activities are organized in two areas – science and technology – alongside more traditional scientific methods, different methodologies such as design thinking, educational projects, and the cross-sectional and multi-functional use of new technologies are also introduced.

Educational courses on offer for upper secondary schools allow students to have a well-rounded hands-on experience, directly experiencing the most advanced techniques used in research laboratories across the world in biotechnology, biochemistry, molecular biology, microbiology, and genetics. These activities engage students along with their teachers in learning about current issues to investigating new discoveries made in the life sciences.

We have enriched our educational offerings over time, supplementing our biology workshops with structured protocols that also focus on the environment, chemistry and physics. All the workshops, as a whole, offer a permanent support to the Italian educational system for the teaching of experimental sciences. In line with the CLIL methodology, courses are also held in English.

In 2018 G-LAB was established, with the aim of enhancing and disseminating the experience of Fondazione Golinelli throughout Italy. G-LAB offers educational and workshop activities, scientific and interdisciplinary, aimed at schools of all types and levels, it also develops multi-phase educational projects, which are integrated with teacher training and can also be adapted, on request, to the particular needs of each educational institution.

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Bringing Schools Closer to Businesses and Research

Fondazione Golinelli promotes and coordinates numerous projects that bring schools, but above all students, closer to the business world, scientific research and technological innovation.

To this end, the foundation sets forth multidisciplinary courses to stimulate young people, their attitudes and their creativity, to educate them towards entrepreneurship, and enhance and develop their soft skills. The goal is to prepare them to face the complexities and unpredictability of the future, bringing them closer to the labor market in the most creative way possible, by stimulating an entrepreneurial mindset, bringing awareness and risk acceptance through active and concrete experimentation.

Continuing Professional Development for Teachers

Fondazione Golinelli engages nearly 4000 teachers each year from schools of all types and levels throughout Italy, promoting interactive and participatory teaching methods, focusing on methodological innovation, interdisciplinary didactic models, entrepreneurship education and the STEAM educational approach to learning that uses Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics as access points for guiding student inquiry, dialogue, and critical thinking.

In 2016, Fondazione Golinelli and MIUR signed a three-year memorandum of intent for educational innovation and the optimization of continuing professional development for teachers of all types and levels. Within this framework, following the guidelines set by the national curriculum for the professional development of teachers, training courses are structured to include educational planning, experimentation, and documentation, for classroom and online learning. The courses are developed for individual educators or may be customized to meet the specific needs of schools and training institutions.

Fondazione Golinelli is an advisory center for the autonomous institutions of the Emilia- Romagna region. It is also accredited by MIUR (decree no. AOODPIT.595 of 15/07/2014 and MIUR directive 170/2016), granting teachers participating in the courses temporary duty leave.

In 2018 G-LAB was established, with the aim of enhancing and disseminating the experience of Fondazione Golinelli throughout Italy. G-LAB offers educational and workshop activities, scientific and interdisciplinary, aimed at schools of all types and levels, it also develops multi-phase educational projects, which are integrated with teacher training and can also be adapted, on request, to the particular needs of each educational institution.

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Scientific and experiential workshops, interdisciplinary didactic pathways, formative activities and innovative educational projects, training and scientific communication, aimed at students and teachers of schools of all types and levels: nursery, primary, first and second grade secondary schools, ITS (technical vocational training institutes).


Objectives

  • Promote science education and creativity in children of ages 1 to 13.
  • Engage students between the ages of 14 and 19 in science and technology through direct experimentation in the laboratory.
  • Educate secondary school and university students in entrepreneurship culture, interdisciplinarity and innovation.
  • Guide educational institutions in the creation of original work-related learning paths.
  • Support educational innovation by ongoing teacher training at all levels.

Methodology

Our methodology combines knowledge (above all scientific), know-howhow-to (soft skills), to contribute not only to the professional growth, but also to the human and intellectual growth of younger generations


Spaces and Technologies

The School area occupies about 9,000 square meters, designed for different activities and recipients, it is divided into modular spaces and is equipped with advanced technologies that are continuously updated.

A space is dedicated to children of ages 12 months to 5 years, with soft furnishings and semi-circular counters for cooperative activities.

For lower secondary school students, the following are available:

  • 1 microscopy laboratory with 26 single workstations for direct observation of biological preparations.
  • 1 microscopy station for collective observations.
  • 8 stereomicroscope stations for single and collective observations.
  • 1 laboratory for chemistry and physics activities, with instruments, equipment, and kits for scientific experiments
  • 1 maker space for robotics - in which children and teenagers can use the most advanced educational robotics kits - for coding, modeling, and 3D printing.
  • 1 open space with modular and ergonomic desks, for laboratory activities of 2.0 classes, with LIM interactive whiteboards in every space.

Opificio Golinelli hosts the second HP Learning Studio in Italy, the first in Europe to be in a private foundation. It is an advanced technological environment, equipped with state-of-the-art solutions, which allows teachers and students to encounter a truly cutting-edge learning experience.

The heart of this space is HP Sprout, a device that offers immersive experiences, with which you can make 2D and 3D scans, create digital stories, manipulate virtual objects, design, create and print in 3D.

For upper secondary schools, there are three laboratories dedicated to biotechnology and life sciences, each of which is equipped with single place workstations with the most advanced instruments and the guidance of expert scientific tutors. The students can rapidly amplify specific segments of DNA through the polymerase chain reaction technique, which can be sequenced and analyzed with image visualization systems. Analysis of organic molecules present in foods using spectrophotometers can also be carried out, as well as addressing the topic of renewable energy by making photovoltaic cells.

Upper secondary schools also have access to a laboratory for modern physics activities and a bioinformatics lab equipped with 21 computers and 25 optical microscopes, which allow students to individually view biological preparations, along with a fluorescence microscope connected to 21 monitors to illuminate and visualize cellular structures marked by fluorophores for examination.

Lastly, Opificio Golinelli hosts one of the 58 Territorial Workshops funded by MIUR in 2017 (see the Territorial Workshop section).