On July 21, the Minister of Science, Technology and Higher Education, Manuel Heitor, and the President of "Ciência Viva", Rosalia Vargas, came to the campus of the NOVA School of Science and Technology to visit the internships "Ciência Viva in the Laboratory - Creating Future" of the Department of Materials Science (DCM) / CENIMAT.
The Minister had the opportunity to speak with the students, who came from various parts of the country and see some of the work being carried out in these internships. From turning a sheet of paper into diagnostic tests for diabetes or COVID-19, to sizing and building flexible solar chargers for electronic devices, suitable to be integrated into photovoltaic clothes or backpacks.
"I really like mathematics and physics and would like to start having contact with engineering faculties and courses. In addition, the area of renewable energies interests me a lot", says "scientist candidate” Mariana Gonçalves, a student at the Secondary School Carlos Ribeiro from Seixal, 15 years old.
“3D printing has always been something that aroused a lot of curiosity and being able to actually print a prototype that I designed would be something I would really like to do. In addition, in the future I would like to be able to use this technology to help people and so learning to work with the software on these machines would be an excellent start”, explains Catarina Coelho, 10th grade student at Emídio Navarro from Almada Secondary School .
This year, the NOVA School of Science and Technology promoted 18 internships and the DCM/CENIMAT received 34 students, from the 9th to the 12th year, to participate in the six internships of the program "Ciência Viva no Laboratório – Criar Futuro".
The 25th edition of "Ciência Viva no Laboratório" promotes 188 internships in 50 institutions, resulting in 501 places for students from the 9th to the 12th year until September 3rd. These internships provide an opportunity to approach the reality of scientific and technological research.