The Anaglyph Effect
Date: 11 July 2019
To introduce secondary school students to the Marie-Curie Fellowships, and to motivate them towards research related careers Daniel Dias Loureiro (ESR6 / USTUTT) came up with a brilliant idea: He rendered one of his simulation videos with the 3D effect and he gave 3D glasses to the audience. This effect is called anaglyph. It impressed the 30 students at the Swiss International School in Stuttgart-Fellbach and provided the HAoS ESR with a very attractive way to show his research work.
At the end of the outreach activity the students left the classroom with souvenirs: The prints to be found here and a pair of 3D glasses!
Marie Skłodowska-Curie Ambassador in the US
Date: 12 November 2018
Location: Virginia, United States
Audience: students of the 12th grade
Aaron Rowane, Early-Stage Researcher of the IPPAD project, visited his former school, the “Potomac Falls High School” in Sterling to motivate students towards research related studies. He also presented the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellowship programmes and his current work on fluid dynamics.
And how can the impact of this activity be measured? Here is the email Aaron received after visiting the “Potomac Falls High School”:
Date: 23 March 2018
Every year the Luxembourg National Research Fund (FNR) organises get-togethers between local researchers and secondary school pupils within the framework of the campaign “Chercheurs à l’école”. Researchers of all scientific disciplines “go back to school” to inspire the next generation of researchers.
So did the HAoS ESRs Mr Eduardo Gomez Santos (ESR 4) and Mr Daniel Dias Loureiro (ESR 6): On the 23rd of March 2018 they visited the “Lycee Francais de Luxembourg” (Vauban) to present their research work to approximately 30 final year high school students and to motivate them to pursue research related carriers.
“What is research and who pays for it? What are the research objectives of HAoS? Why is it important to study the fuel injector sprays and how does this research contribute to a cleaner environment? What are the benefits of using simulations as an experimental method? “ The presentation of the HAoS ESRs was well adjusted to the knowledge and age of their audience and the two researchers received a very good feedback from the students and their teacher for sharing valuable information in a very comprehensive way.
Why don’t you try something new for a change?
In October 2016, Vikrant Mahesh, Early-Stage Researcher of the IPPAD project, visited his hometown Bengaluru in India. He wanted to motivate the students at St. Pauls English High School to follow research related careers.
Vikrant was aware of the mentality of the students’ families: the parents usually work for IT companies and most of the children follow their parents’ footsteps. As a result, research related careers are out of the question. They seem to create a sense of insecurity about the future. Vikrant tried to motivate the 240 teenagers who attended his presentation to stay open to new perspectives.
Based on his own experiences, he described the unique feeling of being an MSCA (Marie Skłodowska Curie Action) Research Fellow, the benefits of the fellowship but also the skills needed to become a successful researcher: effective communication skills, active learning approach, critical thinking and problem-solving skills, collaboration skills etc.
The teachers at the school gave their feedback on the activity. Overall, they found it very successful, because of the creative interaction with the audience, the useful information supplied and Vikrant’s engagement to broaden the student’s horizons.