323 secondary school students, from Brazil, Italy and Luxembourg, but also from Caminha to the Azores, participated in another edition of Summer on Campus, at the University of Minho, between 17 and 21 July. The participants were distributed among 25 scientific and recreational activities organised by the various Schools and Institutes of UMinho, on the campuses of Gualtar and Azurém, with the School of Engineering receiving 110 students from 9th to 12th grade.
Students who wanted to learn more about the teaching areas of the School of Engineering in this 15th edition were able to do so through 7 activities organised by the departments and student groups of EEUM, namely: “Chemical and Biological Engineering – Engineering at the Service of Society”, “Computing Without Borders”, “The City of the Future, already Today!”, “Plastics: The Materials of Our Future”, “From Fibres to Smart Textiles”, “Industrial Engineering and Management: A Step Forward in Sustainability”, and “Engineering in the Future”.
Summer on Campus, developed by the University of Minho, aims to be a learning space for young secondary school students, fostering the spirit of teamwork, and bonds of friendship and mutual trust, through the various pedagogical and recreational activities carried out in a university environment. The programme covers different scientific areas, promoting non-formal teaching activities in areas such as architecture, mathematics, chemistry, archaeology, sociology, law, education, engineering, letters, among others.
In all tasks, participants are accompanied by teachers, researchers and students of the University – the monitors or “UMinho godparents”. It is intended that young people learn while having fun, while discovering the scientific area that best fits their preferences and aptitudes.
The programme started on Monday morning with presentation sessions in each of the 12 schools/institutes hosting the activities. Then followed the thrills of the labs, dialogues with lecturers, the feel of academic life. On the last day, Friday, the farewell was in the A1 auditorium of the Gualtar campus, with an intervention by the Rector of UMinho, Rui Vieira de Castro, as well as the Pro-Rector for Institutional Communication, Teresa Ruão, and the President of the Academic Association, Margarida Isaías.