December 9 and 23, 11 a.m.
A workshop to trace the history of energy from the production of electrical charges thanks to the first electrostatic machines to modern photovoltaic cells made with… blueberries! At the end of the workshop, it will be possible to admire the original 18th century electrostatic machines.
Magneti volanti, un percorso tra letteratura e scienza
December 16, 11 a.m.
Taking a cue from Swift’s ‘flying island’ of Laputa, which rises and falls by means of a huge magnet, the workshop will show, through curious experiments, the basic principles of magnetism up to modern magnetic levitation technologies. Special attention will be paid to the present-day utility of rare earth-based magnets and recycling activities to lower the environmental and economic impact due to the use of these materials.