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Partnership between Unesp and college in Botucatu promotes teaching of genetics

Universidade Estadual Paulista has an agreement with the objective of producing creative methods to support the learning of young people

In partnership with the Institute of Biosciences (IB), from the Botucatu campus of the Paulista State University (Unesp), students from the Secondary School of the Embraer College, from the same municipality, developed a model of 46 pieces for the study of cytogenetics. The material reproduces the chromosomes that make up the DNA of a human being.

It is worth highlighting that the work is the result of a joint effort among the institutions and seeks to produce creative and playful methods that aid in learning in schools, with funding from the Foundation for Research Support of the State of São Paulo (Fapesp), linked to the State Secretariat of Economic development.

"We seek to offer teachers and students a slightly more physical interaction with the chromosomes. Having contact only with images in a book is abstract, "explains Mauricio de Jesus, a student of the third year of high school, to TV Unesp.

"As we came from the public network, we made the prototype with a view to our old school. We tried to look for materials that were more in mind and more feasible, so they could be taken to schools with smaller structures ", says Maria Eduarda Franco, a student of the 3rd year of High School.

Content

The students had theoretical classes at Unesp and at the Embraer College to elaborate the content. They designed the pieces in proportional sizes and then used a 3D printer.

"When we developed this thematic project, one of the most valued areas was associated with activities and materials for dissemination and scientific education. Within the IB, the segment has been increasingly appreciated in research projects, "says Unesp professor Adriano Wasko.

"We make it possible, from a matter that is not so easy, that students learn by having fun. This is very valid for us ", emphasizes Fawaz Jammal, pedagogical coordinator of the Embraer College.