The project “Un Expo per tutti” has the general objective of approaching the general public to the issues characteristic of the EXPO Milano 2015 event, in order to promote a conscious and informed participation.

To this aim, itinerant, interactive laboratory activities will be held. Their objective is to introduce the general public to high scientific level issues concerning the EXPO topics and strictly connected with the researches conducted in the proposing Department. Easily conductable scientific experiments will be prepared; the experimental material will be supplied by the research groups active within the Department. Under the guidance of young researchers and undergraduates, participants will personally run the experiments collecting and analyzing the results obtained. The proposed activities are specifically tailored for a children and teenagers (6-14 years old) audience.

Notes
– The laboratory assistants WILL NOT take responsibility for the supervision of minors participating to the activities. Therefore, children and teenagers SHOULD mandatorily BE ACCOMPANIED BY AN ADULT taking responsibility for them (parent, relation, teacher, educator) THROUGHOUT THE WHOLE DURATION OF THE LABORATORY ACTIVITIES.

– The timetable of laboratory activities conducted in the framework of wider events will be organized at the moment based upon the number of visitors. For registration-requiring activities to be conducted in schools, libraries, or summer camps it is strongly recommended to comply to the following schedule.

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Cereals & Co.
Professor / Researcher reference

Laura Rossini - Martina Bertolini

Department belonging

Department of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences - DISAA

Recipients and number of participants for workshops

Teenagers, adults, families/ 20

Duration

30 minutes

Activity description

Cereals are not only for breakfast play with us and discover the history of cereals and their several uses

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The microcosm of plant diseases/fungi
Professor / Researcher reference

Marcello Iriti - Giovanni Venturini - Giuliana Maddalena

Department belonging

Department of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences - DISAA

Recipients and number of participants for workshops

Teenagers, adults, families/ 20

Duration

30 minutes

Activity description

The laboratory activity will allow to observe, by the visible light microscope, a few agents of food plant diseases, with particular regard to fungi, insects and nematodes.
We wish to stress that kids SHOULD always be under direct parental or teacher’s control: exercisers will not be considered responsible of their surveillance and safety.

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Genes in action in plants
Professor / Researcher reference

Gabriella Consonni - Gaia Apostoli - Martina Persico - Stefano Sangiorgio

Department belonging

Department of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences - DISAA

Recipients and number of participants for workshops

Teenagers, adults, families/ 20

Duration

1 hour

Activity description

DNA is not an abstract concept, it can be found in every cell: with simple steps DNA will be extracted from a plant tissue.
Variants of single genes can modify plant height and shape, as well as seed size and coolur: small plant populations reveal genetic’s laws

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Plants: flavours, colours, active principles
Professor / Researcher reference

Alberto Spada - Valentina Taglietti

Department belonging

Department of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences - DISAA

Recipients and number of participants for workshops

Teenagers, adults, families/ 20

Duration

1h 30 minutes

Activity description

In our daily life, we use plants not only as a source of food or renewable energy, but also to add flavour to our food, to dress ourelves or as medicines.
Other less known uses of plants are as suppliers of fabric dyes or food preservants.
If you are curious of seeing, touching, smelling plants of daily use come and meet us!

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Soil: a great wealth under our feet
Professor / Researcher reference

Patrizia Zaccheo - Floriana Bedussi

Department belonging

Department of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences - DISAA

Recipients and number of participants for workshops

Teenagers, adults, families/ 20

Duration

1 h

Activity description

Soil has several functions, all very important for humans, animals and the environment. In the absence of soil there cannot exist agriculture and animal breeding, that supply most of the food for humans and cattle.
After having observed and manipulated different kinds of soil, vases will be prepared containing a growing substrate where a basel plantlet will be placed.

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Ancient maize for “polenta”: biodiversity to be preserved
Professor / Researcher reference

Roberto Pilu - Enrico Cantaluppi - Riccardo Trovato

Department belonging

Department of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences - DISAA

Recipients and number of participants for workshops

Teenagers, adults, families/ 20

Duration

20-30 minutes (for a class) or 15 minutes (for individuals or smaller groups)

Activity description

Posters and other mterial will illustrate the importance of this plant, originally from America, for rural populations in Europe and in particular in Italy. The many cultivars of this species present in our territory, still used for the production of “polenta”, will be shown. It will also be possible to taste small samples of “polenta”.

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Laboratory for the production of bioenergy (biogas) from residues
Professor / Researcher reference

Fulvia Tambone - Tommy Pepè Sciarria

Department belonging

Department of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences - DISAA

Recipients and number of participants for workshops

Teenagers and adults, families

Duration

10 minutes

Activity description

Biomasses, food wastes, livestock manure and organic wastes are used to obtain renewable energy, such as biogas, and fertilizers. The practical demonstration will be triggered thanks to the methane produced by biogas from livestock manure.

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The daily diet: choose the right, nutritious and sustainable diet
Professor / Researcher reference

Maddalena Zucali - Giulia Gislon

Department belonging

Department of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences - DISAA

Recipients and number of participants for workshops

Teenagers and adults, families / 20

Duration

30 minutes (for a class) or 10 minutes (for individuals or smaller groups)

Activity description

Role game for teams (2) or individual players: participants should compose their own daily diet considering the caloric intake and the environmental “weight” of the different foods (g of CO2 equivalents).

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Livestock production Cow Pursuit: answer the questions and build up your own enterprise
Professor / Researcher reference

Alberto Tamburini - Marco Farina - Benedetta Dell’Oro

Department belonging

Department of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences - DISAA

Recipients and number of participants for workshops

Teenagers and adults, families / 20

Duration

30 minutes (for a class) or 10 minutes (for individuals or smaller groups)

Activity description

Game for two teams: multiple-answer questions and easy experiments to learn what is necessary for milk production in a cattle farm in Lombardy.
A brief (5 min) video is also available showing a cattle farm/cheese factory. The video can be shown at the end of the laboratory activity, provided a beamer is available and with proper light conditions.

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The microcosm of plant diseases/pests
Professor / Researcher reference

Marcello Iriti - Valeria Mereghetti - Massimo Paioro

Department belonging

Department of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences - DISAA

Recipients and number of participants for workshops

Teenagers and adults, families / 20

Duration

30 minutes (for a class) or 10 minutes (for individuals or smaller groups)

Activity description

It will be possible to observe, by light microscopy, a few pests of food plants, with particular regard to insects and nematodes.

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