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Awards for young ethnic scientists

The Agency for the Promotion of European Research (APRE) had decided to award young scientists and therefore organised a school competition in September 2004. Children were asked to write an essay about science and research.

On 1 December 2005, the dream of conducting experiments and discovering the secrets of science came true for three children.,APRE had fulfilled also a dream: to award children with an interest in science. The objective of the competition is to stimulate children's interest for science and research and see it as a future career option. The award ceremony took place on 1 December 2004, during a seminar on "How to bring children closer to the world of science" organised by APRE. 80 children paricipated in Romascienza, 4 Roman days of meetings, laboratories and exhibitions dedicated to science. The protagonists were 3 children: Alessandro and Bryan, 11 and 10 years old, originally from the Philippines and Edison, 8 years old from Peru. The three winners were awarded kits with powerful microscopes, slides, pipettes, solutions for experiments and samples of substances to analyse (such as coffee, bread, glucose, etc.). The competition is part of a series of activities that APRE is carrying out in the framework of the ETHNIC European project. Its main objective is to make scientific matters and new technologies familiar to children from ethnic communities (http://www.apre.it/ethnic.htm) and to prevent that prejudice and social barriers hinder the realisation of their possible interests in science.APRE - Agenzia per la Promozione ,della RIcerca Europea ,Piazza G. Marconi 25 ,00144 Roma ,Tel. 06/5911817 ,Fax 06/5911908 ,E-mail: longo@apre.it ,Website: http://www.apre.it/ethnic.htm

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Ethnic minority in science

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Austria, Czechia, Hungary, Italy, Slovenia, United Kingdom