Inauguration of the Bracco Foundation’s “Mind the STEM Gap” facility at the Triennial until October 13th.

It opens on Friday 1 July 2022 in the Giancarlo De Carlo Garden of Triennale Milano (viale E. Alemagna 6 Milan) with the interventions of Maria Cristina MessaMinister of University and Research, Diana BraccoPresident of the Bracco Foundation, Carla MorogalloGeneral Director of the Milan Triennial, Ersilia Vaudochief curator of the 23rd Milan International Triennial Exhibition e Josep GrimaFounder of Space Caviar, linteractive 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 “Mind the STEM Gap” Manifesto in September 2021, the Bracco Foundation continues to bring girls and girls 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 Triennale Milano, offers an experience of immersive and memorable entertainment, designed 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”.

“An innovative approach to combating gender stereotypes in science with an inclusive and attractive visual language” Maria Cristina MessaMinister of University and Research – “The Mind the STEM Gap manifesto is an important project, developed by the Bracco Foundation, which teaches how to recognize and overcome discrimination and, from today, will be even more accessible to all encouraging them to embrace STEM careers without cultural prejudices and limitations.The MUR has promoted policies that bring students closer to scientific disciplines and believe in their potential, improving school-to-university guidance services with an additional investment of 250 million from the PNRR, and rewarding with a Scholarship the girls who decide to undertake STEM itineraries. Only systemic interventions can really affect a cultural revolution that is already underway. “

“Conscious education aimed at empowering girls and girls is essential to break down the walls that still exist in school, in the family and in all social contexts. That is why our Foundation is at the forefront of the fight against prejudices that limit the presence of women in STEM disciplines, which are today in great demand in the labor market, ”she says. Diana Bracco, President of the Bracco Foundation. “With our installation at the Triennial we want, on the one hand, to encourage the discovery by girls of little-known professional itineraries, and on the other to stimulate access to scientific disciplines through behavior patterns excellent. In addition to the installation, in fact, we will organize for the school year 2022/2023 the cycle of witnesses “Experts go to school”, with the professionals of the project # 100esperte ( to promote the equality of gender through direct. dialogue with students ”.

“Together with the Bracco Foundation we want to send an important message against gender stereotypes and promote new ways for girls and boys to get closer to science.” declares Carla Morogallo, General Manager of Triennale Milano. “The interactive project ‘Mind the STEM Gap – A Roblox Jukebox’ fits perfectly into the constellation of exhibitions, installations and projects that is the 23rd Triennial International Exhibition and offers an enrichment of the educational proposal we have developed on the Unknown Unknowns.

“With today’s progress, the gender economic gap is only widening. At the heart of the reasons for this regression lies, according to the WEF, the widespread and systematic underrepresentation of women in emerging roles and competencies, all of them essentially in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) territories, ”she declares. Ersilia Vaudo, director of diversity at the European Space Agency and chief curator of the 23rd Milan International Triennial Exhibition. “These are, in fact, the sectors in which the potential for women’s empowerment and economic emancipation is real. STEM job opportunities are constantly increasing, the employment rate is higher and the dynamics of wage growth is more pronounced. More girls choosing to pursue STEM careers. This is the path to a revolution, the possibility of making an irreversible transformation, and definitively occupying those spaces where the future is imagined and built. “

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.

Milan Triennale, at the Giancarlo De Carlo Garden
avenue E. Germany 6 Milan
From July 1 to October 31, 2022
Free admission
Hours: Tuesday to Sunday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. (last entry at 7 p.m.)

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