Science in the Holidays for Young People
Science in the Holidays for Young People gives students in secondary education an opportunity to come closer to the reality of scientific and technological research. Ongoing since 1997, around 9000 young people have participated in this initiative of the Live Science Agency (Agência Ciência Viva), frequenting scientific internships in laboratories around the country.
This kind of activities have been developed in CIES-IUL since 2003, with the collaboration of several of its researchers. Seeking not only to stimulate the scientific creativity of young people in the fields of Sociology and Political Science, but also the capacity to work as a team in the creation and implementation of research projects of a micro dimension. In these projects young participants have to opportunity to “do Sociology”, using diverse research methods and techniques and putting their own sociological imagination to the proof in the themes worked on. The direction given by the internship coordinators gives the rigor and seriousness that a work of this nature demands, giving to the students and aspiring sociologists an enriching experience on an academic scientific and personal level.
The internship organized by CIES-IUL aims to give an initial contact with the quotidian of a sociology research centre, its spaces, protagonists, projects and methodologies. It is pretended that interns will experiment the diverse activities and phases inherent to sociological research, under the orientation of some of the Centre’s researchers.
The internship is divided into two distinct moments.
In the first week, beyond the presentation of the Centre and the surrounding university context, there is the aim to give a practical and diversified notion of what sociology research is. To this end interns are integrated in research teams with ongoing projects in diverse themes, trying out different data collecting and treatment techniques, as well as distinct presentation and divulgation forms of the results achieved. In the second week, the young people are challenged to create a small sociological research in a theme that interests them, putting into practice the knowledge which they acquired in the earlier stage of the internship.
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