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SESI and SENAI of São Paulo Educational Project is aimed to labor training to fulfill the future demand of Brazilian manufactures with the help of nanotechnology

SESI – Service of Social Industry dedicated to social activities and SENAI – National Service of Industrial Learning, dedicated to work force education - are national non-profit institutes oriented to prepare and train workers to fulfill labor demands of the Brazilian industry. Upon a survey on SENAI of São Paulo (SENAI-SP) emergent and vital technologies for the country, these institutes envisioned in Nanotechnology a big opportunity of investing in knowledge and influencing youth and children education. As a result, the creation of a educational project called Nanomundo (Nanoword), a pioneering project intended to promote professional and technology education, as well as innovation and transfer of industrial technologies, thereby adding to boost competitiveness in the Brazilian industry.


Challenge

To prepare new scientists, by arousing the interest of youths and children in the study of nanotechnologies through practical experiments.

Results

Thousands of students trained and motivated by nanotechnology.

Broadening Brazil’s the scientific knowledge and competitiveness with the help of Nanotechnology.

SESI – Service of Social Industry dedicated to social activities and SENAI – National Service of Industrial Learning, dedicated to work force education are national non-profit institutes oriented to prepare and train workers to fulfill labor demands of Brazilian industry. Its courses comprise a wide range of disciplines and a variety of teaching levels, playing a strong social role, adding to improve the worker’s life and supporting Brazil as a major global competitive pole.

Always with a visionary stance, committed with the future of our industries, the units of SESI-SP and SENAI-SP started in 2010 a comprehensive survey on emergent and vital technologies for the country. Upon this study, six concentration areas emerged: Nanotechnology, Biotechnology, Design, Information and Communications Technology, Micro technology and New Materials.

Nanotechnology stands out and gains an exclusive SESI-SENAI-SP program.

Nanotechnology has been promoting revolutionary discoveries in sectors such as medicine, electronics, hygiene, cosmetology, textiles, among others, by innovating traditional production models and processes all over the world – which is key for the development of industries and nations.

Today, over 60 countries now invest in their own projects related to the study of that science (source: ABDI – Brazilian Agency for Industrial Development). The market of Nanotechnology-based product is estimated to reach US$ 263 billion in 2012 and is expected to reach US$ 1.5 trillion in 2015 (source: MDIC – Ministry of Development, Industry and Foreign Trade). These products range from repelling clothes, more effective medicines to extremely light and resistant materials for a variety of applications in several industries.

Envisioning this horizon of possibilities, SESI-SP and SENAI-SP have chosen Nanotechnology as a priority for the industry development, designing the Nanoscience and Nanotechnology Education Program, also called as Nanomundo – an innovative project oriented to SESI elementary and high school students and SENAI technical and technological courses students.

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"The Program is one of the actions concerned with the need that Brazil, the State of São Paulo and also serious institutes as SESI and SENAI have to promote the formation of a new science and technology leadership."

Walter Vicioni professor, superintendent, SESI-SP, and regional director, SENAI-SP.

SENAI-SP innovates its tradition with the mobile schools.

Through its sound expertise, tradition and pioneerism in itinerant schools – SENAI-SP has over 70 mobile units available for professional formation distributed all over the state of São Paulo. SENAI-SP leveraged this expertise as an initial teaching strategy for the Nanoscience and Nanotechnology project.

These schools are true laboratories providing students with full interaction, comprehension and application of Nanotechnology through practical experiments and equipments adopted by the leading cutting-edge nanotechnology development companies.

“Nanotechnology is a cross-disciplinary subject matter encompassing different areas of knowledge. It is present in biotechnology, textile, pharmaceutical, cosmetics industries; in short, it is a technology pervasive to different areas. Therefore, we think we should not have only a permanent school”, said Professor Walter Vicioni.

Today, Nanomundo projects includes five mobile schools offering high technology experiments to several cities in São Paulo, serving different audiences in different approaches. Its main one – education – starts in elementary school and has distinct strategies for each school level.

Teaching methods and contents are customized for each project’s approach.

For the children of the Elementary School, the project provides Nanoclarification exhibits including easy assimilation concepts, demonstrated with simple experiments (e.g. enlarging a gecko’s claw to show why it adheres to a wide variety of surfaces). Thus, the children are introduced to the vision on nanometric scale (10-9) and understand how present is Nanoscience in their everyday life, arousing thereby their interest in the study of this and other sciences.

For the youths in High school, the content is delivered through weekly 20-hour Nanoimmersion courses. The courses start with a theoretical introduction in the classrooms and then, the students go to the mobile schools where they apply the knowledge learned in several practical experiments and testify the importance of Nanotechnology for our everyday life’s products, such as sunblocks, shoes, clothes and medicines.

“More than teaching science, we want our students to do science and feel fully comfortable with science. We want our students to enjoy environments that enable this experience by handling objects, instruments, microscopes.It is a different vision on elementary education by SESI and SENAI”, according to Walter Vicioni.

The project is also opened to provide services to companies interested in conducting researches or employee training programs.

“The mobile units, the mobile schools are not only and exclusively oriented to our students. They are also oriented to training programs, to industry professional qualification going wherever there are demands”, said Professor Walter.

Hitachi High-Technologies Brazil starts its relationship with the project.

Through its microscopy distributor, dpUNION, Hitachi High-Technologies Brazil has started its relationship with Nanomundo Project by introducing quality, high tecnology, and mobility products such as TM3000 electron scanning microscope.