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Ponta Delgada ,  November 22, 2018

Gui Menezes challenges young people to take an interest in science

The Regional Secretary for the Sea, Science and Technology announced in Ponta Delgada the opening of a new call this month to support the development of experimental science teaching activities.
According to Gui Menezes, this call "is mainly directed to schools" with the aim of supporting regional educational institutions "in the development of methodologies and the acquisition of equipment promoting the experimental teaching of sciences."
"We are going to need people who like science," the government official said, noting that engineering and mathematics contribute to the development of society.
The Regional Secretary spoke to Domingos Rebelo Secondary School students in the context of a lecture on "The Fascination of Space" that took place under the Fifteen Days of Science and Technology. This initiative also involved the participation of the Regional Secretary for Education and Culture, Avelino Meneses.
Gui Menezes pointed out that "there is nothing like a hands-on approach" in science, defending that "students who like sciences should carry out experiments as experience is the basis of the scientific method."
Alluding to physicist Richard Feynman, the Regional Secretary stated that "science is the culture of doubt," adding that "science arises from the curiosity of human beings and the desire to increasingly know what surrounds us."
In this regard, Gui Menezes highlighted the role of science in the "progress of humanity, in the decisions made by rulers and in the search for "answers to the challenges" that lie ahead of us.
For his part, the Regional Secretary for Education and Culture stated that it has been science and scientists who, over time, have most contributed to "improving the living conditions of human beings."
"It is because of scientific advances that today, when we are born, we have a life expectancy of about 80 years, when, a few centuries ago, not everyone reached the age of 40," said the government official.
Avelino Meneses also highlighted the scope of the Fifteen Days of Science and Technology, an initiative that aims to raise the awareness of young people, those who "may even become scientists," for the "importance of science in the present and in the future."
The event is promoted by the Regional Directorate for Science and Technology in partnership with the Science Centres of the Region. It runs until November 30 and is being held as part of the celebrations of the National Day of Scientific Culture, marked on November 24.
The Fifteen Days of Science and Technology is promoting activities on all the islands of the archipelago. Its initiatives are primarily intended at a school public, including exhibitions, lectures and a theatre play.
Regarding the new call to support the development of experimental science teaching activities, it falls within the Action Plan for Scientific and Technological Culture (PACCTO Açores) and corresponds to an investment of 50 thousand Euros.
In his speech, Gui Menezes pointed out the promotion of scientific literacy, namely within the school community, the promotion of innovative educational practices for sciences and the dissemination of scientific areas among young people as some of the goals underpinning this plan.
The Regional Secretary also mentioned this call provides the possibility of "interaction between the archipelago's schools and research entities and even other entities wishing to collaborate in this initiative."


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