The second phase of the competition begins leading to the final in Turin for the Italian scientific High Schools competing for one of the significant prizes. The 50 scientific High Schools that have won through to the second phase, out of the 167 high schools that submitted entries for the Mad for Science competition, come from 17 regions of Italy. The initiative, which is open to all of Italy’s scientific High Schools (numbering 1,600 overall), is sponsored by DiaSorin who is donating a cash prize for the renovation of the winning school’s science laboratory. Each school is represented in the competition by a team of 5 students and a teacher. Of the 50 high schools that have passed the first phase, 7 come from Campania, 6 from Lombardy, 4 each from Emilia Romagna and Liguria, 3 each from Calabria, Lazio, Piedmont, Puglia, Sicily and Veneto, 2 each from Abruzzo, Tuscany, Trentino Alto Adige and Umbria and finally 1 each from Basilicata, Marche and Molise.
The 2019/2020 Competition Announcement of Mad for Science invites students from scientific High Schools to develop a series of scientific laboratory projects consistent with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) of the 2030 Agenda promoted by the UN, and work out how to implement them in the school's science laboratory. The subjects selected for this edition of Mad for Science, entitled "Mens sana in corpore sano", address the following issues; world hunger (SDG 2), health and well-being (SDG 3) and the sustainable management of water and sanitation (SDG 6).
Carlo Rosa, CEO
We are very proud that 167 Italian high schools applied to the Mad for Science contest with a proposal. It confirms the vitality of young Italian high school students and the passion with which the teaching staff guides them along the path of scientific knowledge. The 50 High Schools progressing to the second phase are a confirmation that there is a genuine interest in scientific subjects throughout Italy
The High Schools that passed the pre-selection phase must, by 3 April 2020, prepare a project proposal containing 5 new laboratory teaching experiences and details of the project for setting up and updating their existing school laboratories.
By 24 April 2020, a Committee specifically created by DiaSorin will, at its sole discretion, select the 8 most interesting project proposals. The 8 finalist teams will present their projects at the Mad for Science Challenge 2020, which will take place in Turin - ideally in the second half of May - in front of a jury of communication professionals and representatives of the scientific community, who will select the winners.
DiaSorin will put up €75,000 for the implementation and five-year maintenance of the winning school’s educational lab; €35,000 for the implementation and five-year maintenance of the second-ranked school’s educational lab; and €10,000 for the school which has integrated in the most innovative and inclusive way the concept of sustainability and environmental protection within the five educational experiences.