Author: Ludmila Souza – Universidade de Minas Gerais, Brazil

Francisco Coutinho – Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais
Débora Reis – Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais

Analysis of the scientific dissemination project – Children’s University – based on the theoretical-methodological framework of the Theory-Actor Network.

Starting from the latouran ideas and using the theoretical-methodological framework of the Theory-Actor Network, it is intended to understand the modes of participation and the experiences lived in the practices developed by the project of scientific divulgation entitled University of the Children, that exists since 2006 as Project of Extension of the Institute of Biological Sciences and the Nucleus of Scientific Divulgation of the Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG) – Brazil. The project begins with visits from researchers to schools, where children are encouraged to make and write down questions about the human body. Questions are placed in a sealed box. Later, when they open the box, the researchers and the students look for the answers to the questions and return to the schools for a workshop, where they discuss the issues presented, taking with them games, books, dough, microscopes, giant dolls, variety of materials that may be useful in creating a relaxed environment in which the presented questions can be discussed. In this context, categories of analysis will be created in the light of actor-network theory, in an attempt to describe and understand the relationships between humans and objects that can be traced in practices with children. We hope to generate analyzes and critiques that can contribute to the discussion of models of scientific dissemination with the children’s audience that meet the contemporary demands of the area.

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Presentation type: Idea in progress
Theme: Science
Area of interest: Investigating science communication practices