Misinformation on internet: learning to recognise it!

Pasteur for boys and girls, a project featuring a series of books to be distributed in Italian schools and a competition titled Misinformation on the internet: learning to recognise it!, was presented in Rome

Promoted by the IBSA Foundation for scientific research and the Pasteur Institute Italy, Pasteur for boys and girls is a project for middle-school and high-school kids featuring a book series and a national competition titled Misinformation on the internet: learning to recognise it!.  The deadline for entering the competition is January 31, 2017.

The competition for middle-school and high-school students, who will participate in two separate sections, entails submission by students of comic panels on the theme of fake information, especially fake science, circulated on the internet and how to recognise it. Students can enter the competition either as a team or individually and can submit up to six black-and-white or colour comic panels.

Pasteur for boys and girls is also the title of a series of books (published by the Italian publishing house Carocci) that will be distributed for free in most Italian middle and high schools.Designed to make young people learn science in a playful way, each book features scientific content authored by an expert in the given science field followed by comics on the same theme in the second part of the book. The comics were drawn by people from the Rome School of Comics based on a story written by students. In the first book titled Stem cell stories, the scientific part was written by Antonio Musarò, Professor of Histology and Embryology at Rome La Sapienza University, while the story for the comics was written by students from Poggiardo Middle School, Lecce. In the second book titled Cops and robbers. Immunology and immunisation, the scientific part was authored by Professor Alberto Mantovani and Professor Angela Santoni, while the story for the comics was written by students from a comprehensive school located in a suburb of Rome.