Professor Sergio Bruno from La Plata gained public fame just over two years ago, when his media transfer project became known. “Physics goes to Mars”Which was implemented in many high schools in our city with the aim of bringing students closer to science in a fun and playful way.
Based on this initiative, which was supported by UNLP and the Museum of Physics, Sergio Bruno has now been selected by a prestigious international organization as one of 24 teachers who have reached the semi-finals in a competition called “Teachers who Inspire”.
The Varkey Foundation, which made the selection from among about 2,000 teachers from all over the country, explained that those selected were chosen “for their dedication and commitment to Argentine education.”
The La Plata professor has just won last year, also with “Física va a Marte”, the International Spiral Prize (Golden Spinning Top) in the field of Education and Technology, held in Madrid, Spain, where he represented Argentina.
He also explained during the awards ceremony that “this project is fully linked to comprehensive training of people and building a community identity based on solidarity.”
Based on the global importance of the new educational movement, he received, through another institution, an invitation to participate in a meeting with Pope Francis in the Vatican.
The proposal was initially implemented with students and teachers from La Plata public schools EES 32, EES 33 and EES 8, among others. But it has also managed to cross borders, as it is currently being implemented in European countries such as Spain and Ukraine, the teacher told EL DIA.
In the project, presented in comic form, there are two phases where students will help each other between those “left on the ground”, who have a connection, and those who are “stranded”, who have no connection. Through a fictional game, the two stages of learning concepts are detailed in a theoretical and practical way.
In cooperation with the Museum of Physics, students can access all the information they need from the official website. In addition, for those who do not have access to the network, they will provide training manuals for free.
By accessing the link, you can find a brief overview of the objectives and some color data from the book and film that were used as references. But the most attractive is the experiments section, where kids can create items like a battery, in case the connection runs out on Mars. In addition, on the Physics Museum’s website you can find details of the different goals to be achieved, in order to achieve the mission of bringing physics to Mars.
Each explanation has easy words that are far from the colloquial language that lives in the collective imagination. The messages are clear, the specific goals follow the same guidelines, and practice is undoubtedly what becomes most interesting for both adults and children.
One detail that Professor Sergio Bruno highlights is that since it is aimed at children who will soon enter higher education, this helps them enter into potential careers that arise from physics. In addition, thanks to coordination with the planetarium, students will receive an award from this organization for using science for charitable purposes. In the same vein, the museum donated scientific books to the concerned schools.