Turin, Feb. 10, 2023 - After the pilot edition in Turin, Next-Land lands in two southern cities: Bari and Naples, tripling the numbers of students involved.
Launched in October 2022 and running until 2024, the project accompanies 2,500 boys and girls from secondary schools on their path to growth and choice of higher education. An unprecedented educational course will be charted thanks to the cultural contribution and active participation of researchers, museum educators and entrepreneurs, who have decided to invest in the future and support together the young men and women, who are a very valuable resource in these territories.
The project is supported by the Intesa Sanpaolo Benefit Fund, Enel Cuore Onlus, the Vodafone Italia Foundation, the Compagnia di San Paolo Foundation and the CRT Foundation, in collaboration with the Piedmont Region and Obiettivo Orientamento Piemonte, with sponsorship from the cities of Turin, Bari and Naples.
The activities co-designed ad hoc by the Polytechnic University of Turin, the University of Naples Federico II, the University of Bari Aldo Moro, the Polytechnic University of Bari and the National Institute of Nuclear Physics Section of Bari and Turin aim to enhance the positive perception of STEM subjects.
Next-Land takes place not only in universities but also in 20 museums, from a STEAM perspective, valuing the experience of co-design between museum educators and researchers. Thanks to the synergy between school, university, museum and business, this long-term educational solution aims to accompany families and adolescents living in the suburbs of Italian metropolises in a process of common growth. With a view to building the educating community and combating the gender gap starting from their own context of reference.
After concluding the cycle of STEM workshops, classes will be confronted with interlocutors who can help them understand the connection between studies and technical-scientific careers.
The orientation activity culminates in the three cities through three major events in which students will explore thè most̀ innovative professional opportunities the area offers, through direct experience and contact with entrepreneursə and testimonials from the corporate world.
Future Days will be held in symbolic places for innovation and research; for Turin, the chosen venue is OGR Tech. In a meeting inspired by the business speed date formula, on Feb. 10 and 13, the Turin innovation hub will be populated with professionals from the following companies: Stellantis, DiaSorin, Intesa San Paolo - Innovation Center, Eoliann, Deloitte, Newcleo, Lavazza, 34BigThings, LIFTT, Kither biotech.
"We invest in the future of our young people by making sure that everyone can follow their own inclinations. As a region, we have supported the Next Land project since the first trial in Turin by collaborating with Next Level and the partnership network involved. We are aware of the importance of a strategy between institutions, private individuals and the business world to intervene with projects that support today's young people to cultivate their passions and become great talents of tomorrow, at the service of the territory and the nation," says Elena Chiorino, Councillor for Education, Labor, Vocational Training, Right to University Study.
"Introducing girls and boys as early as secondary school to the world of professions is fundamental, as much to capture their aptitudes and sensibilities as to arouse interests and ignite passions," says Carlotta Salerno, Councillor for Educational Policies of the City of Turin. - The Future Days initiative, thanks to the collaboration between institutions, companies and the private social sector, provides female students with a singular, but above all diversified, opportunity to approach working life, since it involves a wide range of sectors from scientific to food to technological. The project, therefore, fits perfectly into this context, giving the opportunity to discover the trades in an exciting and fun way at the same time."
"We are particularly happy to support this project of Next-Level, one of the most active entities in preventing school dropout and fostering the personal and professional growth of young people, a priority theme of intervention of the Benefit Fund. School dropout also means dissipation of resources and potential of young people who find themselves without valid points of reference and risk getting lost in deviant social contexts. The economic support we provide is allowed by the Intesa Sanpaolo Shareholders' Meeting, which provides for the possibility of assigning a portion of profits to the Fund to charity and to the support of projects of solidarity, social utility and the value of the person, supporting the Third Sector realities with which we work closely to enhance communities on the ground and encourage the development of a more inclusive society," says Giovanna Paladino, Senior Director of the Intesa Sanpaolo Charitable Fund.
"Training, skills development and awareness of one's abilities," says Adriana Versino, president of Vodafone Foundation Italy, "are the keys that enable young people to open the doors to their future. We are happy to have supported and sustained Next Land because it is an innovative teaching project that offers young people both new learning tools, stimulating them to cultivate their talents and aspirations, and a different point of view to approach scientific subjects and thus develop fundamental skills in today's working world. This is a project in line with the spirit of our Foundation, which is committed to promoting initiatives aimed at the younger generation with the use of technology and innovative approaches to learning."
"The Compagnia di San Paolo has long operated in the belief that scientific knowledge is an essential part of the cultural experience in view of its value in the process of forming a participatory and aware citizenship. The "Next Level" project goes precisely in this direction, proposing an approach to promoting the study of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) as a supplement to formal schooling," says Francesco Profumo, Chairman of the Compagnia di San Paolo Foundation. - We have been dealing with these issues for several years now, supporting numerous entities in the area that are involved in the dissemination of scientific culture and working in close synergy with the City of Turin, the Regional School Office for Piedmont, its instrumental bodies - Fondazione per la Scuola and Ufficio Pio - and Xkè? Curiosity Lab. With a synergistic and multidimensional approach, we prevent school dropout with innovative, inclusive and laboratory-based teaching interventions and educational-intensive opportunities, supporting territorial participatory planning with the involvement of communities and families."
"Next land is a path to a future fit for Europe, fit for the world," says Giovanni Quaglia, president of Fondazione CRT, "New opportunities for the next generation, attention to social marginalization, contamination between disciplines and synergy between institutions, connection between schools and the world of work, and countering the gender gap: this ambitious project, which Fondazione CRT has supported since its inception and which takes a further step forward, encompasses multiple elements in line with the Agenda 2030 sustainable development goals; goals that are an integral part of Fondazione's work and that are increasingly a compass for communities looking toward an inclusive and innovative future."
The numbers of the project
12 schools - 122 classrooms - 2,500 students - 244 teachers - 1098 workshops
4670 hours of STEM education - 5 funding agencies - 7 research organizations - 29 researchers - 20 museums - 200 moms
30 orientators - 20000 hours of orientation - 60 companies
5 schools - 24 classes - 487 students - 96 teachers - 432 workshops
1948 hours of STEM education - 3 Research Institutions - 5 researchers - 9 museums - 70 moms
Next-Land is a system action, which is grafted on three main cornerstones: STEAM methodology, tailor-made educational proposal and engagement of the educating community. The STEAM methodology, promoted by European policies as the main educational strategy for the next generation, sums discovery of STEM disciplines (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Mathematics) and creative and cultural approach, fostering the development of the person and talents. The tailor-made educational proposal is the result of a process of listening to teachers' educational needs and support, in which university researchers and museum educators also participate. In a joint planning table, a path of experiences designed ad hoc is thus built.
For male and female students, these workshops become an opportunity to discover the cultural heritage of their city and look at Mathematics, Science and Technology through the lens of fun and complex thinking, transcending the limits of the single discipline.