It has been 198 days since the Ariosto Spallanzani Scientific High School in Reggio Emilia won the first national edition of the Mad for Science challenge, sponsored by DiaSorin. More than 1.600 Italian Scientific High Schools were invited to compete to win the 75-thousand-euro prize to set up their own science-teaching laboratory.
The inauguration took place at the school’s headquarters in Via Raimondo Franchetti 3, in the presence of a delegation of students - representing the 30 classes of the scientific high school - who will be able to use the new bio-laboratory for their lessons, the School’s Principal, Ms. Rossella Crisafi, the winning team and Carlo Rosa, CEO of DiaSorin Group.
Thanks to the first prize, the School was able to expand and implement new technological equipment in its laboratory, lab furniture and acquire instruments, allowing working in safe conditions. The new bio-laboratory thus offers the opportunity to experience science both from a theoretical and practical point of view. Students will gain hands-on experience of techniques of Cellular and Molecular Biology, Microbiology and Analytical Chemistry: now they will be able to experience science and its wonders.
Carlo Rosa, CEO
Today we celebrate a project that has greatly involved us during the last months. Our commitment was to let the school have its own new bio-laboratory within the current school year, to give students the possibility to study and carry on their project in school lab. Mad for Science is still a new challenge, but the scientific quality of the projects and, above all, the enthusiasm of the students and teachers, confirm the validity of the initiative and are an incentive to do even more in the coming years.
The new bio-laboratory will become an opportunity for the entire Ariosto Spallanzani Scientific High School, as the high school Principal Rossella Crisafi points out: “From the next school year our High School will start a new specific area of study: scientific with a chemical-biological focus, a curriculum that will include additional hours of science and weekly workshops. A new challenge and opportunity for the entire city of Reggio Emilia.”