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May 26, 2016 -

Creative Cultural Festival more than 1,200 students in elementary and middle schools participated in activities organized by BNL BNP Paribas Group

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Festival 2016As part of the third edition of the “Creative Cultural Festival” (from May the 2nd to May the 8th) a project coordinated by ABI, which was sustained by 25 banks over much of the country, more than 1,200 students in elementary and middle schools participated in activities organized by BNL BNP Paribas Group, in Turin, Milan, Padua, Bologna, Rome, Naples and Palermo.

This year’s topic selected by ABI: “Habitats upside down” – discover and experience living inside places, art and things, BNL in collaboration with INAF, National Institute of Astrophysics, developed a series of workshops related to Space and Astronomy, with titles such as “A base on Mars,” “Living on the International Space Station ” and so on.

The various activities in the seven cities involved : Turin, with workshops conducted in the Observatory dome, in order to observe the Sun through a telescope, in Milan the students were able to experience “The base on Mars” – how to live on the International Space station; in Padua, the theme was “Making light on habitable exoplanets” – the discovery of thousands of planets outside of our solar system and the search for life in space; in Bologna the children experienced how difficult it is to maintain order in very small spaces like those on starships, and how difficult it is to use simple tools such as a screwdriver or a hammer while wearing a spacesuit; in Rome the Kids used a spherical monitor, more than one meter in diameter that allowed them to immerse themselves in the reality of the other planets; in Naples they tried to figure out what are the properties of the planets of the solar system through images and drawings, and finally in Palermo they addressed the daily lives of Astronauts on a space station, by experiencing a virtual “a journey through the planets of the Solar System ”

By supporting this initiative, BNL demonstrates once again the will to promote and carry out activities aimed at young audiences, with the scope of providing to new generations the tools to develop creative skills and critical thinking.