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Becoming a Materials Detective for a day: interactive school visits at ICMAB

Within the program "El CSIC a l'aula", and the "Program of school activities from the Barcelona City Council" (PAE), the ICMAB opens its doors to Primary School students for the first time, and welcomes 10-11 years-old kids to visit their installations. One of the most successful activities proposed is the one called "Converteix-te en un detectiu de materials"(Become a materials detective).
05 December 2017

Two sessions on November 24, with the primary school "Escola Bogatell de Barcelona", and two more on December 1, with the "Escola Margarida Xirgu" in Badalona, have filled up ICMAB with junior materials detectives for two whole mornings.

Look at the pictures in these flickr photo albums: 


The activity is prepared by some of the ICMAB Scientific Services technicians: Judith Oró and Ana Esther Carrillo from the Electron Microscopy Service, Andrés Gómez from the Scanning Probe Microscopy (SPM) Lab, and Anna Crespi from the X-ray Diffraction (XRD) lab.

After a first introductory talk on nanotechnology by Judith Oró, the kids are guided through the different Scientific Services by Ana Esther Carrillo, Andrés Gómez and Anna Crespi, and can learn and see how the equipments are used to characterize the materials at our Institute.

They look at images on the SEM, learn that by "touching" objects we can know some of their properties, even if we cannot see them, and that minerals are present in a lot of our everyday products. After the interactive visit, some of the kids exclaimed: 

M'ho he passat molt bé! M'ha agradat molt!

Thank you to the teachers for brining their students to us, and thank you to all the ICMAB staff who has helped in making this possible!  



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