91684 - Chemistry Meets the City

Academic Year 2023/2024

  • Moduli: Lucia Maini (Modulo 1) Giovanni Valenti (Modulo 2)
  • Teaching Mode: Blended Learning (Modulo 1) Blended Learning (Modulo 2)
  • Campus: Bologna
  • Corso: First cycle degree programme (L) in Chemistry and Materials Chemistry (cod. 8006)

Learning outcomes

In this course the students will acquire the skills and competencies that are necessary to plan scientific dissemination activities, they will experience the collaboration with community actors and they will gain a better understanding of the social responsibility of their profession – especially of the responsibility towards the non-scientific community.

The Service-Learning approach adopted will require students to actively engage in a “service” to the community and to concretely address a “problem/challenge” of “scientific nature” identified by the community partner in collaboration with the course teacher.

Course contents

The 30 hours of the course are divided as follows:

8 introductory hours on: the CAV centers ( organization and educational proposal (2 hours), basic on science communication ( 2 h); basic on coach learning (2h)

20 hours at CAV. This period is divided into three stages: 1) meeting with the educator to train the student, 2) getting to know the children through homework help or similar, 3) planning and carrying out ad hoc activities with the children (workshop or DIY experiments in small groups, 1 UNIBO student with 2-3 children max).

The activity and/or experiment project will be chosen according to the interests of the girls and boys of the center.

2 final hours for the return of the activities carried out and final reflections

Teaching methods

 Service learning   approach

Assessment methods

The students have to keep a record of carried out activities with reflections on what he/she has received (and not only on the activity). The students should shoot a 3-5 minutes video with the young people of the centre on the project/ workshop done.

Teaching tools

video, expert presentations, power point, web sources

Office hours

See the website of Lucia Maini

See the website of Giovanni Valenti


Quality education Reduced inequalities Sustainable cities

This teaching activity contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.