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Pages: 6317-6323
Publication year: 2018
ISBN: 978-84-09-05948-5
ISSN: 2340-1095
doi: 10.21125/iceri.2018.2491

Conference name: 11th annual International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation
Dates: 12-14 November, 2018
Location: Seville, Spain


S. Amici, B. Castello

Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia (ITALY)
Earth science and natural disaster are relevant topic in the frame of geosciences education; volcanic eruptions, wildfires, flooding , tornados, are few examples of natural disasters which are regularly in the news and grab kids' attention.

When we come to volcanoes, Italy, is a country with 6 active volcanoes such as mount Etna and Stromboli which are very popular for their spectacular eruptions as often pictured on social media and TV.

The National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology (INGV) is a government research institute which its Third Stream is focused on public, media, educators engagement to be realized by conducting a range of experiments within public events ( e.g. “Night of Researchers”, "OpenScience day"), promoting activities in in-house museum and producing educational material.

While there is a range of educational resources to communicate natural hazards for scholar age children, when we explored educational material, for pre-scholar kids (3-5years) we found limited material available.

To contribute in filling this gap we have been exploring playful approaches to be used to let kids familiarize with volcanoes . In fact , play not only has an unique impact in human adaptation and is able to transform behaviour, but for children is the main way to learn. It creates iterative connection with environments and meanings.

We focused on " object play" approach and identified two activities: one based on creating an origami volcano and the second as a coloring volcano landscape.

The paper volcanoes laboratory has tested in one school (2017) and within two public engagement event s (2016 and 2018) total of 180 children (3-5 years).

Following the positive feedback and comments from educators, colleagues and parents we have realized a structured toolkit to be used as educational tool to engage and get children excited about our explosive Earth.
author = {Amici, S. and Castello, B.},
series = {11th annual International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation},
booktitle = {ICERI2018 Proceedings},
isbn = {978-84-09-05948-5},
issn = {2340-1095},
doi = {10.21125/iceri.2018.2491},
url = {https://dx.doi.org/10.21125/iceri.2018.2491},
publisher = {IATED},
location = {Seville, Spain},
month = {12-14 November, 2018},
year = {2018},
pages = {6317-6323}}
AU - S. Amici AU - B. Castello
SN - 978-84-09-05948-5/2340-1095
DO - 10.21125/iceri.2018.2491
PY - 2018
Y1 - 12-14 November, 2018
CI - Seville, Spain
JO - 11th annual International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation
JA - ICERI2018 Proceedings
SP - 6317
EP - 6323
ER -
S. Amici, B. Castello (2018) PAPER VOLCANOES LABORATORY, ICERI2018 Proceedings, pp. 6317-6323.