Analysts and software designers, programmers, energy and mechanical engineers, work safety experts: according to an analysis performed by the Small Business and Artisan Association (CGIA) of Mestre, these are some of the professional roles that are expected to be more needed in Italy. It is evident that our Country needs strengthening its scientific culture, starting from school study careers, in order to be able to offer its young these high-profile job opportunities.

In Germany, the government has been long encouraging young people to approach MINT subjects, where the acronym stands for math, information technology, natural sciences and technology (in German Mathematik, Informatik, Naturwissenschaften und Technik). The same happens in Anglo-Saxon countries for the so-called STEM subjects: Science, Technology, Engineering and Math).

VIVIgas energia feels the duty to contribute to the growth of the scientific mindset in Italy, starting from school desks. This because we firmly believe that the creation of value cannot and must not be limited to the world of entrepreneurship, but must pervade the whole of a country’s economic and growth tissue, starting from the key point of school career choice.

Verona University is the prestigious stage for Kids University, an internationally renowned teaching format supported and encouraged by VIVIgas that allows opening the doors of the Veronese university to children.

This is a totally brand new idea that has the great merit of involving in a virtuous circuit not only hundreds of children in the 8 to 13 age range, but the school, the families, the territory and governmental institutions as well.

Will the University really fascinate a target that will only begin its attendance many years later?

The secret of this event’s success lies without doubt in the capacity of producing a teaching proposal that is not just rich and well-thought, but captivating too. Labs, lessons and practical demonstrations go hand in hand with entertainment moments, with shows, videos and exhibits, bringing face to face, strictly at the same level, teachers, professionals and researchers with the children and their questions, their curiosity, their need for clarity.

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Implemented in Verona schools, this project consists in free volleyball courses for primary school children, held by professional trainers during school hours. The project, with the patronage of Province and Town Council of Verona, has been developed in collaboration with the Verona sport society VIVIgas Arena Volley.

These courses, designed to introduce the children to the volleyball fundamentals while having fun, have an approach privileging the playful side of the sport.

The sporting labs are divided in two cycles according to the pupils’ age. Younger (6-8 years) pupils enjoy the possibility of practicing the basics of motricity: simple movement games through which to confront oneself and learn the importance of team play. Older (8-10 years) pupils, instead, start learning the first rules of volleyball, through simple games that will familiarize them with the techniques and the key values of sport

This project has been implemented in the Provinces of Bergamo and Brescia, and involves free mini-basket courses for primary school children, held by professional trainers during school hours. 

A fun, hands-on way to get children to see the world of basket, show them the fundamentals of this sport, and teach the importance of a healthy, active lifestyle; but also to pass on the values of team playing, the importance of playing by the rules and respect for the opponent, the importance of loyalty and team support, of passion and determination to reach one’s goals.

Easybasket is aimed to the first two grades and is therefore designed more along the lines of a game, suitable for children of that age, to have them learn and play. Minibasket on the other hand is aimed at the third, fourth and fifth grades, and is more oriented towards sport techniques as well as the base concepts of psychomotricity.

This is a leading edge project that has already gained traction in the U.S. and is targeted at primary and secondary school students with the goal of getting young people acquainted with technology and robotics.

The project’s philosophy is based on interaction: experiment, interaction and logic underpin a multidisciplinary activity involving the students in a starring role. The experimental outset is designed to thoroughly and immediately illustrate the fundamental concepts through a method of teaching based on the «learning by doing» concept.

The project relies on one of the contemporary teaching strategies consisting in the introduction of innovative topics such as computer programming, “maker” philosophy, and educational robotics.

The magic word is “do” and the goal is to make the students feel the importance of playing an active role in stimulating, thought-provoking classes involving such creative ideas as designing and assembling devices that have a real use (for example energy generators after studying and familiarizing with the Arduino platform).

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This project aims to illustrate practically and experimentally the world of energy to primary and middle school students, and it is designed to be a valid support for the teachers.

The target is that of getting the students acquainted with such themes as energy and sustainability, and works towards the diffusion of behaviors that are respectful of the environment we live in. How better to make them aware of the importance of this resource than to involve them from an early age?

Encouraging a correct civic consciousness is key to promote the development of conscious citizens, and if we want to ensure that today’s children grow with a eco-sustainable mindset it is of the essence that they are familiar with crucial concepts such as energy consumption and the responsible use of available resources. The founding concept for the “VIVIgas Energy Lab” is to let children learn while having fun, and understand that any one’s actions have an impact on the whole community; and that change is always possible.