University of São Paulo: Virtual exhibition presents scientific projects by young students from all over Brazil

Selected for their scientific rigor and creativity, 497 scientific projects developed by basic and technical students from all over Brazil are on display at the 20th edition of the Brazilian Science and Engineering Fair (Febrace). The event started this Monday, March 14th, and runs until the 26th of the same month on the Febrace Virtual Platform, check out the works at this link .

A small sample of the inventive capacity and persistence of the new generation of young scientists in the country, Febrace brings projects from all areas of knowledge – many with great potential to be chosen for Regeneron ISEF – the largest international science fair in the world that takes place in May in the USA. Every year, nine projects are selected at the Brazilian event for this show.

“The quality of scientific projects remained the same despite the difficulties in teaching caused by the pandemic in most public schools, which demonstrates the commitment of these young people and their mentor teachers to their projects”, highlights the general coordinator of Febrace, Roseli de Deus Lopes, professor at the Polytechnic School (Poli) at USP. This year, according to her, the number of vacancies was increased, in order to give more young people the opportunity to present their projects and interact with professors and researchers from USP and partner institutions.

In total, 1,081 elementary, high school and technical students from 333 schools across Brazil participate. More than half of them, 65%, are students from public schools. Your projects will be judged by university professors and experts, who will be evaluated in closed teleconferences. The authors of the best projects, in the different categories, will win trophies, medals, scholarships and internships, in a total of approximately 300 awards and opportunities in Brazil and abroad.

Activities at the show

On the Virtual Platform, in addition to getting to know the projects, visitors will be able to leave comments and even take a photo to keep as a souvenir. Examples of projects worth visiting abound. Device that assists the locomotion of children with cerebral palsy; autonomous drone antivenom delivery system; affordable and eco-friendly alternative to feminine pads; application for communication in pounds; and herbal medicine based on elderberry are some of them.

Several lectures will also be broadcast on the Febrace Youtube Channel , which take place from Monday to Thursday, during the two weeks of the event, always at 5:30 pm. “These are inspiring lectures that aim to encourage young people to pursue scientific and technological careers,” says the Febrace coordinator. The role of women in science; opportunities in education, science and innovation; and science applied to life will be some of the topics covered. Anyone who is live in the lives will receive a certificate of participation and will compete for prizes.

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