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Title of Initiative / Project
Science and Technics Foundation
Name of Organiser
Fondazione Scienza e Tecnica
Was the initiative carried out in the framework of a funded project?
Type of deliverables
Video, Didactical resource
Thematic area
Language of the deliverable
Italian, English
Target Group
Teachers, Students
Description of the initiative
The Fondazione Scienza e Tecnica was founded in 1987 as an initiative of the Tuscan Region and of the Province and Municipality of Florence, with the scientific support of the Museo Galileo. Its aim was to promote and spread scientific and technological culture, starting from the recovery and enhancement of the historic and scientific patrimony of the 19th-century Istituto Tecnico Toscano. The cultural design of the Fondazione is the result of the contribution of ideas and proposals drawn up by the scientists present in its bodies, the cultural institutions with which it collaborates, and the researchers and technicians who operate in the various sectors of its activity.
The aim of the Fondazione is to present and make available a patrimony that has an extremely high value that, up to now, has remained almost unknown and has been conserved in its original location for more than a century. This is a rich collection, unique in Italy, of more than fifty thousand items, divided up between naturalistic collections, scientific instruments, models of machinery, manufactured products, and collections of books of historical interest. In developing the potentials offered by this precious inheritance, the Fondazione intends to promote a permanent activity of spreading scientific culture by setting up an original laboratory in which the appropriate use of historic equipment is flanked by that of current technologies and modern communications techniques.
The website is a showcase the catalogues of the collection that can be consulted online for didactic scopes. The YouTube channel allows seeing the functioning of the instruments of the Foundation’s collection.
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This website is a graphically well-done showcase for Foundation’s activities. The latter have a huge didactic potential Unfortunately, it seems they fit better with the real visit to the museum path while to the virtual visitor is given also a detailed description. By one side, this encourages the users to reserve a “real” visit, but, by the other side, it is a limit for a wider diffusion of the initiative.
Nevertheless, good teachers will know how to guide their students to the discovery of the “Physics Office” ( and they will know how to fully exploit the interesting videos available on the YouTube channel
One last didactically noteworthy feature for Italian students is the availability of the whole website both in Italian and in English.
Teachers’ Opinion
This website was created by the Science and Technics Foundation of Florence in order to foster the activities of the Foundation itself. Nevertheless it contains two sections that can be didactical useful for Physics: “Catalogo di Strumenti della Fisica” (“Inventory of Physic Tools”) and the “YouTube channel”. The former, available on the bottom of the homepage, gathers many descriptive sheets and several images of the equipment of Foundation’s museum. The latter shows the video with captions in English describing how the equipment works.
Students’ Opinion
Some sections are not useful to the physics study because they seem to be an offer to buy materials produced by the Foundation.
I find interesting the section dedicated to “Catalogo di Strumenti della Fisica” (“Inventory of Physic Tools”) and Events section.

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Date: 2015.03.10

Posted by Sandro Gomboli (Italia)

The website is well done, easy to use and allows access to the various thematic areas of the museum. Very interesting especially the museum's collection technology that allows devices to admire historical teaching of physics and technology of the nineteenth century, even as objects of precious handicrafts.
I recommend it to everyone.

Date: 2015.02.17

Posted by Inga Mateusa-Krūkle (Latvia)

This initiative is very important for students because it helps to understand the basics of physical processes. To understand the complex physical processes and equipment operation , it is necessary to understand the basic laws of physics. Thus, the catalog descriptions of the physical plant and You tube channel materials well explains the basic rules. These explanations of the Basic Law is also useful for chemical technology, where the need to know the basics of physical processes. So I definitely will use these materials in chemical technology subjects.


Dissemination Seminar in Florence

31 October 2015 The seminar has been held in ITIS “A. Meucci” one of the schools involved within Goerudio project activities. Its main aim was to promote the results of the project toward a broad sample of stakeholders even overcrossing the number of people directly involved in the production of project outcomes. This purpose has been totally achieved especially thanks to the participation of students and teachers coming from different schools or from other classes instead of those ones directly involved within the project activities.