Introducing the Newton Concept in Italy
Today a Pop-up Newton Room opened at the Polytechnic University of Bari.
A Pop-up Newton Room is a temporary and fully-equipped STEM classroom which can be established in pre-existing facilities, including those at schools or on university campuses.
A collaboration between The Boeing Company and FIRST Scandinavia, the Newton Room in Bari is the first in Italy. Working together with the Polytechnic University of Bari and ScuolAttiva Onlus, students and teachers from local schools have been invited to visit the Newton Room to participate in the 'Up in the Air with Numbers' module.
The Pop-up Newton Room will be installed at the Polytechnic University of Bari for three weeks, from November 4th until the 19th, and represents the first introduction of the Newton Concept in Italy. The classroom will welcome nearly 200 school students in the coming weeks from schools across the Puglia region.
Per-Arild Konradsen, Founder of FIRST Scandinavia, Angela Natale, President of Boeing Itali, Francesco Cupertino, the Dean of the university, Alessandro Delli Noci, Councilor for Economic Development of the Apulia Region, and Simona Frassone, President of ScuolAttiva Onlus.
The opening ceremony took place on Wednesday, November 3rd at the Polytechnic University of Bari. In attendance was Francesco Cupertino, the Dean of the university; Angela Natale, President of Boeing Italia; Per-Arild Konradsen, Founder of FIRST Scandinavia; and Simona Frassone, President of ScuolAttiva Onlus. In addition, municipal authorities and a delegation of the teachers and students belonging to the schools involved in the project were also present.
“After having successfully experienced the Newton format in several European countries, we are truly delighted about the opening of the first Newton Room in Italy,” said Angela Natale, President of Boeing Italia, and Managing Director for Southern Europe.
“Thanks to what is a fruitful partnership with the Bari Polytechnic, FIRST Scandinavia and ScuolAttiva, we have been able to further enhance the value of our educational offering to Italian schools. We firmly believe that projects like Newton represent Boeing’s commitment to inspiring young generations and promoting talent.”
A vision for a permanent Newton Room
Founder of FIRST Scandinavia, Per-Arild Konradsen, shared his vision for the future of the Newton Concept in Italy.“In addition to Boeing, ScuolAttiva and the Polytechnic University Bari have been great partners to work with for introducing the Newton Concept to Italy. We are fortunate to work with organizations and institutions that share our values and passion to prepare young students with quality STEM education. We truly hope that the experience with the Pop-up Newton Room will create an interest in the establishment of a permanent Newton Room in Bari in the future."