The Augusto Monti High School in Asti, won the second edition of “Mad for Science” competition with a research project on the role of mushrooms maintaining the ecosystem balance in the food sector. The initiative was promoted by DiaSorin among the scientific high schools of the Piedmont Region, to enhance the interest in science and research among young people. The prize of 60,000 euros, which will be used by the winning school to create its educational workshop, was presented by the President of DiaSorin, Gustavo Denegri, on May 16th during the final day of the event.
A qualified jury composed of Francesca Pasinelli (Telethon Foundation), Cristina Messa (University of Milan-Bicocca), Elena Zambon (Multinational pharmaceutical company Zambon), Raffaella Cesaroni (SkyTG24) and Andrea Salonia (Vita-Salute of S. Raffaele in Milan and the Urological Research Institute) evaluated the projects focused on nutrition, theme of the 2018 edition.
The project presented by the Lorenzo Cobianchi High School in Verbania "Eat safely, healthily and informed!" explored the concept of nutrition starting from the microbiological aspects of food and their nutritional qualities.
The second finalist, Curie-Vittorini High School in Grugliasco, focused on the availability of information in the food sector.
The Albert Einstein High School in Turin developed the theme of hygiene and food safety. It identified 5 thematic experiences, from reading the labels to the evaluation of allergens or pathogenic microorganisms in the products.
"CioccolaTOmania" was the project presented by Giuseppe Peano High School in Turin: a microbiological investigation in search of the substances responsible for the chocolate addiction.
The Salesian Institute of San Lorenzo in Novara, concluded the roundup with a project dedicated to one of the most famous products in the area, gorgonzola, and to the mold curing processes.
CEO of Diasorin
"Scientific and technological subjects, if explained and experienced in laboratories, can fascinate young, high-school students."
A novelty on this edition was the Communication Award, given to the Albert Einstein High School in Turin, for the quality of its presentation and the skills shown on public speaking. For all the participating institutes, there is an annual subscription to the journal Le Scienze, the Italian edition of Scientific American. futuro”.
"Scientific and technological subjects, if explained and experienced in laboratories, can fascinate young, high-school students", explains Carlo Rosa, CEO of DiaSorin. "The success of the event - he adds - confirms how it is possible to make young people fall in love with scientific subjects, thanks to the contribution of the teaching staff and the commitment of companies operating in this sector, a commitment that DiaSorin has always believed in and will develop in the future".