• The 13th Science Week of the University of Oviedo will reach more than 13,000 students from all of Asturias

    November 11, 2013

    The program includes conferences, workshops and exhibitions that, for 5 days, will bring young students closer to the work of scientists

    Students attending the opening ceremony of the Science Week at the Historical Building.

    More than 13,000 Asturian secondary school students will take part in the activities of the 13th Science and Technology Week of the University of Oviedo that starts today, Monday, November 11, and will continue until next Friday. What is Higgs Boson, what are the evidences of climate change, what secrets may be uncovered by the DNA or the reasons why Albert Einstein changed history are some of the matters that may be answered by students and teachers of educational centers from all of Asturias during the workshops, conferences and exhibitions organized throughout the week.

    The Rector of the University of Oviedo, Vicente Gotor, and the General Director of Professional Education, Curricular Development and Educational Innovation of the Principality of Asturias, Sara Álvarez Morán, have officially inaugurated the thirteenth edition of the Science Week, which is supported by the Council of Education, Culture and Sports and the Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology (FECYT).

    The awards of the Gallery of Nobel Prizes contest were presented by the FECYT during the opening ceremony. Among the 18 posters composed by different education centers of the Principality, the jury awarded the first prize to the IES Peñamayor of Nava for its work on Wilhelm Conrad Rönteg. The Amor de Dios School took the second prize with their poster on Marie Curie, and the IESO Sueve of Arriondas came in third thanks to their work on Andre Geim and Konstantin Novoselov.

    Throughout this week, almost 3,000 secondary education students will visit the premises of the University of Oviedo to participate in some of the workshops and conferences organized. On the other hand, 40 researchers of the University of Oviedo will tour education centers of the region to offer their students conferences on their fields of study. The conferences of the Day of Science in my School will reach almost 10,300 students of the Principality.

    The Unit of Scientific Culture of the University of Oviedo, sponsored by the Office of the Vice-Rector for Research and International Campus of Excellence, has elaborated a cross-curricular program to disseminate the work of the researchers and bring their discoveries closer to the young people in a practical and pleasing way. The activities of Exciting Science include 38 different programs that will take the students of Secondary Education and the Baccalaureate around the premises of the Scientific-Technical Services and the different Departments of the University of Oviedo. This way, young students will be able to meet first-hand the work of the researchers and even experience the usefulness of their discoveries.

    On the other hand, the activity Thinking about Science is structured around several scientific debates, in the form of round tables and conferences, in which experts on the matter will participate.

    Physicists will be the protagonists of the exhibition titled Gallery of the Nobel Prizes. Students from the third and fourth years of Secondary Education have composed the materials that reflect the careers and contributions of scientists who won the Nobel Prize in Physics. The exhibition, funded by the Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness and the FECYT, has the collaboration of El Corte Inglés and will be open at the classroom under the Cultural Center LAUDEO (Historical Building) until November 22.