World Science Day for Peace and Development
Established by UNESCO in 2001, the World Science Day for Peace and Development is celebrated worldwide on 10 November each year. The day offers an opportunity to mobilize various partners to highlight the important role of science in society and to engage the wider public in debates on emerging scientific issues and the relevance of science in their daily lives.
The theme for the 2014 World Science day for Peace and Development is promoting Quality Science Education: ensuring a sustainable future for all.
The main activity for WSDPD at UNESCO's headquarters will be the Launch of the UNESCO World Library of Science. A UNESCO – Nature Publishing – Roche initiative, The World Library of Science (WLoS) is a free online science resource for a global community of users. It contains hundreds of peer-reviewed articles that use text, pictures, illustrations and videos to make scientific concepts easy to understand. The online library will also provide supportive discussions spaces and classroom tools for both teachers and students The ceremony will take place at UNESCO Headquarters (Room IV, Fontenoy Building) on Monday 10 November 2014 from 10:30 a.m. until noon.This activity is coordinated by Mr Osman Benchikh, Mr. Julio Sa Rego, and Mr. Alex Da Silva. For more information, please do not hesitate to contact Mr Julio Sa Rego ( email@example.com /+33145684132).
Ongoing activities for WSDPD at UNESCO's headquarters
1. The Exhibition on the history of genetics “60 years of DNA”, Miro 1 & 2, coordinated by Mr. Casimiro Vizzini
Identifying the components of the human genome and understanding their influence and effects on the human body have led to great medical advances and the beginning of a new era in medicine. In this framework, the exhibition aims to show the significant advances in the field of genetics that have been done over the last 61 years since the discovery of the double helix structure of DNA, the basic building block of life. The exhibition will cover the history of genetics with a series of images, explanatory texts and timeline representing the main milestones in the history of genetics.
2. Micro Science Demonstrations, Foyer Room I, coordinated by Mr. Osman Benchikh and Mr. Jean-Paul Ngome Abiaga and Ms. Amel Korishi
The Global Microscience Experiments Project is a hands-on science education project that gives secondary school students and university students the opportunity to conduct practical work in chemistry, physics and biology, using kits – veritable portative mini-laboratories made with low-cost material – that come with booklets describing all possible scientific experiments.
3. Crystal-growth Experiment and competition, Foyer Room I, coordinated by Mr Jean-Paul Ngome Abiaga
The Crystal-growth experiment and competition – a flagship activity of the United Nations International Year of Crystallography (IYCr2014) – aims to equip students aged between 7 and 16 years in crystallography using fun and rewarding scientific experimentations to grow large and regular-shaped crystals from saturated solution. During the activity the students work in consultation with their teachers to learn how to dissolve samples of different materials and to test the effects of changing temperature, water softness or other environmental conditions on the crystals. Students may post their results on the IYCr2014 website, and help in analyzing the growth in the data collected from all over the world to determine the best conditions for growing crystals.
4. Robotics Workshop, Foyer Room I, coordinated by Ms. Rovani Sigamoney
Robogals is an international, not-for-profit, student-run organization that aims to increase female participation in Engineering, Science and Technology through fun and educational initiatives aimed at girls in primary and secondary school. More specifically, Robogals UK will offer students the opportunity to learn basic principles of robotics through hands-on activities. The students will learn to program a CPU with a series of commands using a simple, visual interface, to use components such as light sensors, colour sensors, sound sensors, motors, sound outputs, etc. to make the robots pick up red or blue balls. In doing so, the students will understand how robots can ‘sense’ objects, and how they can be (and are) used in society. The workshop also includes a brief introduction to the different types of engineering, and how engineers impact our daily lives.
Kano kits will also be on display, a computer and coding kit suitable for all ages, all over the world to start coding and gain knowledge about electronics and the components of a computer. It is the perfect educational tool to introduce someone to electronics, programming, robotics and much more. The Kano programming language uses graphic code blocks to implement a simple but powerful language reminiscent of BASIC. Over 18,000 people from over 80 countries have preordered Kano in the last 9 months (including Steve Wozniak, Cofounder, Apple).
5. The geometry of crystals explained to pupils, Foyer Room I, coordinated by Mr Jean-Paul Ngome Abiaga
'Mon cailloux raconte une histoire : les minéraux font de la géométrie' is a hands-on interactive workshop where pupils can experience the geometry of crystals in a fun and educational environment. The aim is to use minerals as a multidisciplinary learning tool in mathematics and crystallography. The workshop uses observations and experiments that different civilizations used and which led to the current definition of a crystal – a solid body that has an orderly and repetitive internal atomic structure. From ancient Greece to modern times, the history of crystallography is punctuated by anecdotal or scientific discoveries. Through fun experiences featuring simple materials (sugar, salt, toothpick) participants are invited to explore the history of science.
6. Experiencing Mathematics, Foyer Room I, coordinated by Mr Jean-Paul Ngome Abiaga
The “Experiencing Mathematics” activity – a UNESCO/Centre Sciences/ICMI joint programme developed during the World Mathematical Year 2000 – is a hands-on educative tool based on active learning methodology. It exists in French, English, Spanish, Portuguese and Arabic, and all the experiments are conceived so that they can be replicated easily. The main objectives of the Mathematics Exhibition “Experiencing Mathematics” are to: (i) raise public, especially young people, awareness and interest in mathematics concepts and applications; (ii) demonstrate that mathematics is within everyone’s reach, that, conversely to what is generally assumed, a good grasp of basic mathematical properties can be understood and achieved by the majority, and that important mathematical ideas can be made widely accessible; (iii) show that current curricula can be improved with the use of hands-on mathematics experiments, which develop scientific thinking as well as mathematical tools to solve problems concerning daily life experiences ; (iv) demonstrate not only that mathematics is indispensable and everywhere but that it is interesting, challenging and fun as well; (v) attract youth to mathematics-related careers. (For virtual experiences please follow: www.MathEx.org, www.ExperiencingMaths.org)