The Bracco Foundation, in collaboration with Triennale Milano, is creating a facility to promote free access to knowledge for girls and girls and to achieve a gender balance in science and technology.
It opens on Friday 1 July 2022 in the Giancarlo De Carlo Garden of the Milan Triennial (viale E. Alemagna 6 Milan) the interactive installation “Mind the STEM Gap – A Roblox Jukebox”conceived by the Bracco Foundation and designed by Space Caviar, to contribute to overcoming gender stereotypes in STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) by promoting free access to knowledge for girls and boys.
The installation dialogues with the themes of the 23rd Milan International Triennial entitled “Unknown Unknowns. An Introduction to Mysteries ”, which will be open from July 15 to December 11, 2022.
Women’s access to the world of science is still severely hampered by prejudices and gender stereotypes, transmitted — sometimes unintentionally — to girls by family and friends. The task of eliminating girls from science runs the risk of continuing in school, from the earliest years. The result is that women still have strength underrepresented in STEM professionals.
Suffice it to say that in the world only 31% work in the artificial intelligence sector and only 14% in the cloud computing sector (Source: World Economic Forum).
After launching the Manifest “Mind the STEM Gap”. in September 2021, the Bracco Foundation continues to bring girls and boys closer to science, with the installation of the same name, which aims to promote inclusive education of girls, enhancing the contribution of women to scientific disciplines.
The principles expressed in the Manifesto, which inspires the installation, touch on fundamental aspects of the person’s development: language, cultural stereotypes, behavior patterns, play and cognitive development, access to knowledge, continuing education.
“Mind the STEM Gap”, which can be visited until October 31, 2022 at the Triennale Milano, offers an experience of immersive and memorable entertainmentdesigned for players from 10 years: the installation, similar to a circular spaceship, with an appearance that pays homage to Italian design, allows access to the educational video game through 16 stations equipped with optical viewfinders and joysticks.
Girls and boys, but also adults, are invited to embark on a virtual journey that will begin from the Garden of the Triennial. Using the Roblox platformeach level of the game is dedicated to scientific knowledge with interactive challenges, from physics to astronomy, in a path that from the infinitesimal of the molecules will lead the traveler to the immensity of space, and is introduced by a “Virgilia”a scientist of the past who has distinguished herself in this discipline, proper model to follow.
In fact, players will encounter physics on their journey Marie Sklodowska – Curiemaths Ada Lovelace I Maria Gaetana Agnesithe philosopher Elena Lucrezia Cornaro Piscopiabotany Anna Atkinsthe astronomer Annie Jump Cannon. To complete the experience, classes will be able to visit the International Exhibition “Unknown Unknowns”.
The installation, made on the occasion of 95th anniversary of the Bracco Groupresumes the themes of the 23rd Milan International Triennial Exhibition by title “Unknown Unknown. Introduction to the mysteries”, Projecting the player on a series of specific exploration paths. In addition to the thematic exhibition itself, the digital space of the installation is in fact conceived as a place of reflection and open and plural confrontation, where experiences and testimonies from different disciplines can come together.
And like Unknown Unknowns, the game’s narrative path is structured around questions about what we still “don’t know we don’t know”. A deep experience that will allow you to access a galaxy of multidisciplinary worlds, discovering the creative and generating force of science.
INSTALLATION “MIND THE STEM GAP – A ROBLOX JUKEBOX”
Milan Triennale, at the Giancarlo De Carlo Garden
avenue E. Germany 6 Milan
From July 1 to October 31, 2022
Hours: Tuesday to Sunday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. (last entry at 7 p.m.)