14.03.2013 - UNESCO Office in Brasilia

UNESCO honors projects of the 11th Brazilian Fair of Science and Engineering

From 12 to 14 March, 330 projects developed by students from basic education were presented at the 11th Brazilian Fair of Science and Engineering – FEBRACE in the Polytechnic School of the University of São Paulo (USP), in São Paulo (Brazil). Annually promoted by USP, FEBRACE is one of the major science and engineering exhibitions in Brazil and is supported by UNESCO since its first edition in 2003.

The authors of the projects are young talents from public and private schools (junior high schools (eighth and ninth grades), high schools and technical schools) from 25 Brazilian states. The projects, like in previous editions, offer alternative solutions - often innovative - to problems faced by the society.

FEBRACE, besides rewarding the authors of the best works, has selected students to represent Brazil in the International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF), which this year takes place in Phoenix (Arizona), in United States, from 12 to 17 May.

UNESCO granted honorable mentions to the three projects more in accordance with the concept of Science for Peace and Development, on March 16, during FEBRACE’s award ceremony:

Project: “O futuro dos fármacos? Moléculas Bioativas em Diplópodes (Rhinocricus sp.)” (The future of medical drugs? Bioactive Molecules in Millipedes (Rhinocricus sp.))
Author: Pedro Machado de Godoy from the school Rainha da Paz of São Paulo (SP)
Teacher: Pedro Ismael da Silva Júnior from Butantan Institute of São Paulo (SP)

Project: “Mídia para alunos deficientes auditivos: um recurso complementar ao ensino de ciências” (Media for hearing disable students: a complementary resource for science education)
Authors: Kássya Eloandra Fortes Silva, Natália Corrêa Pinheiro and Johnnata da Fonseca Lobato
Teachers: Márcia Pantoja Contente and Letícia da Costa
School: Aristóteles Emiliano de Castro (E.M.E.F.) of Igarapé-miri city (PA)

Project: “Carvão do caroço de açaí (Euterpe oleracea) ativado quimicamente com hidróxido de sódio (NaOH) e sua eficiência no tratamento de água para o consumo” (Coal pit açaí (Euterpe oleracea) chemically activated with sodium hydroxide (NaOH) and its efficiency in treating water for consumption)
Author: Edivan Nascimento Pereira from the school Prof.ª Ernestina Pereira Maia (E.E.E.M.) of Moju city (PA)
Teachers: Valdemar Carneiro Rodrigues Júnior and Raimunda Santos Costa from the Center for Research and Development of Science and Mathematical Education/Science Club of Abaetetuba

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