During 2015, the Postgraduate Program in Dental Sciences of the Faculty of Dentistry of USP, together with the board of the Regional Department of Education of the Municipality of São Paulo of the Region of Butantã and science teachers of High Schools of that area region will elaborate an educational project to integrate both High School and postgraduate education.

The Experiencing Science project was implemented in 2016 and based itself on the rights of learning of the National Plan for Literacy at the Right Age developed by the Federal Government. For the fulfillment of learning rights, it is essential to offer science workshops in schools as a way to broaden the student’s world view so that he can experience important aspects of science.

Know more about the Project Experiencing Science Project

.In this way science workshop activities are developed in the Dental Faculty for High School students. The contents of these workshops were elaborated and developed in partnership with High School science teachers and postgraduate teachers.

Five laboratories coordinated by Professors of the Postgraduate Program in Dental Sciences participate in the project:

  • Laboratory of Molecular Pathology, with Prof. Dr. Fábio Daumas Nunes
  • Laboratory of 3D Images, with Prof. Dr. Marcelo de Gusmão Paraíso Cavacanti
  • Laboratory of Cytology, with Prof. Dr. Paulo Henrique Braz da Silva
  • Laboratory of Forensic Anthropology, with Prof. Dr. Rodolfo Francisco Haltenhoff Melani
  • Teleodontology and Telehealth Center, with Prof. Dr. Ana Estela Haddad

The planning and execution of the project were carried out by the teachers of FOUSP mentioned above, apart from Prof. Marcelo Bönecker, Post graduate students of the scientific research that develop research activities in the laboratories involved in the activity and employees of  FOUSP, outside of teachers representing the participating schools.

In the first year of implementation of the project in 2016, five Municipal High Schools (EMEF) of the Butantã Region in the west of the city of São Paulo, and near FOUSP participated in the activities, which totaled 200 children involved in the project. For more details, see the project report developed throughout 2016: Experiencing Science – An action of approximation between High School and Post graduation.

In 2017, these five EMEFs continued to participate in the project, and it was possible to invite two new schools to integrate the activities. Thus, one more EMEF of the Butantã Region and a state school from the Region of  Heliópolis in the eastern part of the city of São Paulo, were involved  in the project, which resulted in a total participation of 280 children. Apart from the project being able to offer the participation of a larger number of children, during 2017, we could upgrade methodologies developed in the laboratories and in the moment of multiplication of day to day experiences. This year, the  FUNDECTO (Foundation for the Scientific and Technological Development of Dentistry) collaborated effectively offering snacks to all children, in break time. For more details, visit the links at the bottom of this page.

In 2018 the challenges increased. The project was able to grow a little more and we were able to invite two more schools apart from the seven that already participated in the activities in 2017. During the year 2018 a new laboratory activity was instituted where the project had the opportunity to expand activities for body and oral health awareness. Microflora samples from the children’s hands were collected before and after washing with soap and water, so the children could observe the importance of taking care to wash hands properly. A qualitative and quantitative research was also conducted to assess the impact of children’s visit to the project.

For 2019, we decided to deepen the science experiments that the children perform and we will work with each of the schools in two moments. At first the schools will bring the children to the activity of conducting laboratory experiments. In a second moment, the schools will work one of the contents developed in the laboratories and elaborate a didactic material to be shared with other schools involved in the project. For this year there will be the inclusion of a new laboratory activity where students will work on the concepts of dental materials. In addition, samples of the oral microflora as well as the microflora of the hands will be collected for analysis. The project has been growing and deepening in knowledge.


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