Some articles about what happened...:
In the geographical, cultural and scientific Centre of Estonia, Tartu, I had an amazing Youth Exchange. In the role of young researchers, we partecipants faced environmental issues with no formal education methods, in concurrence with the European Researchers' Night Festival. Everything matched: our accommodation was an hostel with a strong ecological setting; the activities took place in a big, magic, exciting, wonderful Science Centre, the AHHAA; the spirit of the group has been very coherent and compliant with the topic. We had a lot of activities, but I really enjoyed our main task. Split in 5 groups of 6 people each, we had to present activities, workshop, games, shows and whatever else to local people inside the AHHAA Centre during the Researchers' Night. No rules except one imperative: teach, communicate, transmit, give informations about environment in a way that is funny and interactive. The results have been very very nice, but more excinting than the results for me has been the course and the group work: organizing, sharing, learning, thinking, creating, trying, failing and trying again. How often happens in Youth Exchange, when you have an interested, heterogeneous, willing group, everyone gives his small contribution but everyone gets and adsorbs much more than the sum of the addends. I can't say how much I have learned because I am still collecting the fruits. For sure this experience have changed me in the deep, in my consciousness regarding the world around me and the important, fundamental role of each one of us in preserving the Nature. Moreover, I have found the confirmation of how big can be the impact of the Communication of Science in collective awareness. I want to thank with Oriel and MTU Noored Maailma, my sending and hosting Associations; with AHHAA Centre and his people for support, kindness and hospitality; with all the friends I have found. -
After the Youth Exchange in Tartu, I supported my interest in science with a course of Italian Red Cross about disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation.
Now I can go to primary schools of my town to convey to children useful behaviours in case of event like earthquake and flood.
The purpose of this action is to make children aware about the environment and the dangers of wrong behaviours.
In this case, the philosophy of #bethefirst could be the awareness about the importance of the place where we live, with its good and bad characteristics. -