Marsala, the science students sworn in at the Strega Giovani Prize.

Students at the Liceo Scientifico Ruggieri in Marsala were sworn in as the 2022 Strega Giovani Prize. ‘foreigner. (Berlin, Brussels, Paris).

The winner with the student vote was Veronica Raimo, winner of the ninth edition of the Strega Giovani Prize 2022, with the novel “Niente di vero”. The award ceremony took place on June 7 at the Pala Studio in Cinecittà in front of hundreds of girls and boys from all over Italy. The award was presented by Giuseppe D’Avino, president of Strega Alberti Benevento.

Accompanying the students are the excited and satisfied teachers Claudia Colicchia and Giovanna Armato, who involved them in reading books and then in the wonderful experience of the jurors. The Prize in which the jurors took part was also the occasion for a pleasant tour of the most evocative places in Rome.

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The AI ​​of the IC “Capuana-Pardo” awarded at the Palazzo Madama – The students of the AI ​​of the IC “Capuana-Pardo” of Castelvetrano knew with great enthusiasm that they were the winners of the Project – Contest “Testimonies of rights” organized by the Senate of the Republic jointly with the Ministry of Education . A member of the Office of Institutional Communication of the Senate of the Republic, Dr. Michela Fonte, communicated it promptly orally to the director, Prof. Anna Vania Stallone, and the referent of the competition, Prof. Ginetta Risalvato. The latter was pleased to congratulate the Manager for encouraging students to participate in the initiative, contributing significantly to bringing young people closer to the institutions, promoting their civic sense. Following is a formal letter signed by Dr. Raissa Teodori, Parliamentary Councilor of the Senate of the Republic. The students learned that the award ceremony will take place at the Palazzo Madama during the 2022-2023 school year. Children will also have the opportunity to become role models for their peers in other Italian schools, as the Senate reserves the right to use the materials they produce for training activities.
Below we illustrate the different stages of the competition. After an initial selection of projects proposed by all participating schools in Italy, the class was invited to study one of the articles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, to check its implementation in its own territory and to formulate proposals for ensure compliance. The young people, who gave the title to the project “Surfing the net without sinking”, chose to testify to Article 12: the right to privacy. The decision to devote oneself to this topic arose as a result of a wide-ranging debate in the classroom about the sociological turmoil caused by the Covid emergency and the consequences that this entailed, specifically the use / abuse of the Internet and the spread of misconduct that risks the manipulation of the intimate and private sphere. Digital technologies have represented, especially for young people, the latest “lifeline” to the loneliness and boredom experienced during the pandemic and the only way to maintain social relationships. Diving on the screen, moving around the Internet are simple operations in themselves, but knowing how to stay afloat does not necessarily mean knowing the risks of the sea. From these reflections made by the students, together with the teachers who guided them, was born the desire to do something to make the network a safe place for the new generations.
The training course, which began in October and ended in April, was divided into several phases: from the analysis of the articles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights with a focus on art. On the 12th, students followed the evolution of the concept of privacy from its origins to the digital age.

Formulation and administration of an in-class interview about classmates ’online life was the second step.
Third step, the establishment of a collaboration with the Observatory of Childhood and Adolescence, represented by Dr. Francesco Lucido, sociologist of the ASP of Trapani. Between November and April, students have been involved in the “Ri_media@8.0 Project” in order to promote the socio-psychophysical well-being of minors and their families, digital citizenship and the responsible and conscious use of the Internet, telephones smart and new communication technologies.
Many activities carried out during the course: news analysis, role-playing activities with role simulation, creation of multimedia products about victims who have suffered abuse related to the right to privacy, with special regard to victims of traditional and online bullying.

Of particular note is the development of a video on cyberbullying that was given to Pope Picchio, the father of the first confirmed victim of cyberbullying, Carolina, and presented to school groups at the Institute.
Awareness of the area was one of the objectives of the project in which the whole school has also been involved by carrying out training interventions with the involvement of the harassment and cyberbullying team, the digital team of the ‘Institute for the design of a training plan. with the intervention of experts. We recall “Generation Z in the Metavers era”, by the sociologist Francesco Pira, professor at the University of Messina, the training intervention led by the honorary president, Dr. Paolo Picchio and the expert trainers of the Carolina Foundation, the meetings. with the Castelvetrano State Police and the Trapani Postal Police.

The training activities concluded with a questionnaire addressed to students and their families, which was followed by the analysis of the data that emerged. This questionnaire was made available to the school to monitor and possibly implement prevention measures against online abuse that violates the right to privacy.
But no action makes sense if it remains limited, which is why proposals have been made to the mayor and the councilor for social policies: the activation of a telephone helpline for all victims of a breach of privacy and the adoption of a bank dedicated to Carolina Picchio.
The students were excellently guided by their teachers during all the phases of the training course which was masterfully coordinated by Prof. Ginetta Risalvato, class teacher and referent of bullying and cyberbullying at the Institute.

Special thanks to teachers Nino Biondo, Gina Risalvato, Antonella Spallino and Fabio Vivona.
These are the words of the students, witnesses of rights, who now like to call themselves “Children of Article 12”: “At the end of this extraordinary journey to discover the right to privacy, we can say that it has been an empathic revolution has taken place, unleashed in us, a process of empowerment that has led us to believe that it is still possible to make the network a chance for us, young people, to meet and not to prevaricate and injure privacy, and, “Human dignity in general. We sincerely thank Director Anna Vania Stallone, our teachers, the Senate and the Ministry of Education for giving us the opportunity to become witnesses to our rights.”

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Robotics at the Industrial Institute. “License” for the future – The p. Mattarella ”, known as the Marsala Industrial Institute, is a technical school with a strong educational impact, which provides young people with skills that can be easily used in the world of work.
Since 2016, the Institute has been involved in the field of Industrial Robotics and thanks to the collaboration of two important companies, Pearson and COMAU, leaders respectively in the field of publishing and in the field of Industrial Robotics, has allowed many students to obtain the “Patentino della Robotics”, an international certification highly valued in the industrial field for the technical skills of use and programming of industrial manipulators COMAU managed with PDL2 language.
The Mattarella Institute, directed by the Director Dra. Maria Luisa Asaro, can boast within its staff of three permanent professors specialized in Industrial Robotics and with many years of experience. This is prof. Daniele Tranchida, head of the Robotics Laboratory, improved in 2018 with FEDER funds, prof. Fabio Parrinello, PCTO contact person and prof. Ignazio Pizzo, Instrumental Function for Orientation, all teachers of Electronics and related subjects, who, after having followed a specific course at the COMAU Academy in Turin, were able to train students and teachers as part of the project “Patentino della Robotics” and the conduct of examination sessions for the whole of western Sicily, of a total of 33 qualified teachers throughout Italy.

Last March, on the occasion of “Pigreco Day”, the Institute was pleased to present the “Robotics License” to 30 fifth-graders who had taken one of the two 120-hour courses funded the previous year. entirely with PON. funds from the Ministry of Education and validated for the purposes of the OPC (former School-Work Alternation).
This is a goal that we intend to achieve next year as well, as in September 2022 a new course will begin aimed at future fifth graders.

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