Saturday, 10 November 2018

CTEM Congress


The Department of Biology participates in the II CTEM Congress of the Valencian Community with the presentation: Agenda 2030. Project PBL (Project-based learning) “Healthy snack”, included in the Erasmus + program: “Agenda 2030: That’s our challenge!”

Saturday, 3 November 2018

The activities of the Italian group presented at the Berlin meeting, October 2018, on e.book



 
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The realization of our own “vertical forest” project: work in progress



The “ vertical forest”  designed by Stefano Boeri architects’ studio is a design of urban reforestation. It aims at an interaction between domestic  environment and nature, taking advantage of verticality while controlling urban growth. The forest, made up of two towers, houses thousands of trees and plants. Thanks to this variety of species , a microclimate is able to promote: birds and insect colonization, particles filtration, acoustic insulation.
As regards water, there is a centralized system of drip irrigation. Water comes from the building grey water or groundwater.Together with the teacher Mrs Pampallona, we are carrying out a very interesting project aiming at the realization of a “vertical forest”. We are collaborating with the external expert and young architect, Mrs Elena Bruno for the success of the initiative.
The first pratical action has been the search for planimetries. The second phase involved the students in getting waste materials useful to the fulfiment of the project.All along the school year we will carry out the next steps for the realization of our own “vertical forest” project.

Visit to the S.P.E.R. of Dittaino (ENNA)


To better understand Goal 7 of Agenda 2030, “Affordable and clean energy”, on October the 30th,we went to visit the S.P.E.R., a thermoelectric plant near Enna. It uses wood and wood wastes to produce electricity and it sells it to an electrical Company, the Terna, which distributes electricity to public bodies and private people. We understood how important is the production of clean energy reducing to the minimum wastes and pollution. We had the opportunity to understand the complete production cycle from the arrival of raw materials like wood and wood wastes to their burning till the use of hot water and steam. Steam is in fact turned into kinetic energy and then, by means of a generator, into electric energy. We visited the different areas of the plant from the supervising office to the heavy machinery used for the production. We discovered that it is a closed circuit since once steam is transformed into kinetic energy and then into electricity, it is turned again into water and a new cycle can start, reducing the consumption of water. We also understood the potential dangers of such a big plant. In fact, there are risks linked to the hot temperatures, to the raw materials, to chemical liquids used to purify water and to the machinery present in this industry.