National Plan for
Scientific Degrees (PLS) & Schools
The Department is actively involved in the national Plan for Scientific Degrees (PLS), promoted by the Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research (MIUR), and collaborates with many educational institutions
The Department’s activities
The Department has historically been strongly committed to fostering collaboration between schools and universities. The interdisciplinary nature of DMIF’s teaching and research activities equips students with cutting-edge expertise in various disciplines, to which the Department is actively committed in terms of both core content and practical and technological application.
In the framework of the national Plan for Scientific Degrees (PLS), as well as collaboration at regional level, this long-standing tradition has made it possible to put the experience gained to good use in the organisation of workshops for secondary schools and teacher training activities.
In mathematics, the role of this field in problem-solving and describing phenomena, in both everyday life and in research, has been investigated. The importance of algorithms and numerical simulations has been a common theme in computational mathematics workshops, with the introduction of calculation tools and mathematical software such as Matlab, Geogebra, C and R, benefitting students and constituting a resource for teachers. Specific seminars have provided opportunities, in the fields of computer science and physics, to tackle various specific topics, such as artificial intelligence, cryptography, databases, the foundations of quantum physics, superconductivity and spectroscopy.
The workshops have involved experts, in the organisation of themed seminars, for instance, as well as students interested in teaching careers. Activities for secondary schools have sought to balance curricular and extracurricular parts while, for other schools, the curricular aspect has been favoured.
The offering has also included modules for training and practice for scientific competitions, as well as games and guided tours of research institutes, with the goal of bringing the scientific world increasingly to the forefront of daily life.