Projects for the planet, gender equality: in Moulins (Allier), middle school students in the final of the Science Factor competition

These third graders don’t hesitate to stay two hours longer than their classmates at Charles Peguy College to work on science projects. And public. The youth association Partage ta science, which aims to introduce science to a wide audience, continues its activities this year, with 59 3rd year students. They are working on several projects, one of which concerns the creation of a small GPS that will help visually impaired people navigate the supermarket. Another group worked on an escape using computer programming.

Two projects are participating in the national final of the Science Factor competition organized by Global Contact in cooperation with the Ministry of Higher Education and Research and the Ministry of National Education. Purpose: to stimulate the interest of young people, especially girls, in scientific and technical careers.

The young people, led by physics professors Laila Margum and mathematicians Fabien Parenton, had to come up with an innovative science project that would have a positive social, economic or environmental impact.

Raising awareness of excessive clothing consumption

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Part of the Vestiécolo team organizes a collection of clothes in their establishment for the benefit of Ethiopia. photo by François-Xavier Gutton

Vestiécolo (Leoni, Lilou, Ocean, Ines, Adam, Juliet and Clovis) decided to draw attention to the excessive consumption of clothing. “We were made aware of these issues at COP21. We calculated the carbon footprint of clothing from its elements, which is not easy, since clothing is made up of many components, and they are not always well indicated on the label. We want to raise awareness about pollution in the textile industry,” explains the teenagers, who even created an html app with high school students from Jean-Monnet in Isère that gives consumers information about their carbon footprint.

The young people also had the idea of ​​a label, “vesti-scoring”, as well as a labeling system, a nutritional assessment, to inform the consumer about the environmental impact of purchased clothing, including its materials, composition, the way it left the place of manufacture. They sent their proposal to Barbara Pompili, Minister of Ecological Transition, so far without a response.

They organize, until April 2, a collection of clothes for the benefit of the Angevin Association With Ethiopia, with the graduating class of science and technology industry Jean-Monnet. Posters and messages in the classroom allowed them to spread the word about their project to the entire institution. “It’s a great experience, this teamwork. We are proud of ourselves, it was very nice to help poor people! “.

Lolizo (for Loan, Lily, Zoe and Zoe) are working towards gender equality and want to raise awareness among youth and those around them with comic boards called “We Women! “. It says, in part: “I’m not a feminist, just a realist.” Each board corresponds to a specific topic: harassment, gender equality at work…

Researcher Maha Issaui, godmother of the youth association Share your science in Moulins

Comic “We Women”

“We want to end the stereotypes,” explain the teenagers, who wrote to National Education Minister Jean-Michel Blanquer and Citizenship Minister Marlene Schiappa. Girls believe that certain streams are closed to them. Some professions are still too gendered. Our goal is to go to schools to educate the little ones. Then, in college, it’s too late. We were also surprised by the statistics of women who were victims of street harassment. 86% of women said in 2018 that they had experienced this in their lives. [d’après une étude de l’Ifop] “.

Moulins College Students Crowdfund Like Robots to Share Their Knowledge (archived 2018)

The teenagers had to make videos for the Science Factor contest. These two projects received a sufficient number of votes (several hundred) and attracted the attention of the jury in various categories, opening the door to the national final. Each winning team receives gift certificates worth €250 per participant, as well as media coverage from Science Factor partners and long-term orientation support.

But before that, they must pass oral exams scheduled for April 6, for which they work hard. Prizes will be awarded on May 25th. “When I see their energy, the cohesion of their team, I tell myself that they have already won,” their teacher Laila Margum welcomes.

Arian Buur

Sponsor of the Youth Association.

Maha Issaoui, researcher in health engineering when she entered the Charles Peguy College in 2019. She is the godfather of the Youth Association Share Your Science. Archive December 2019 FX Gutton

Researcher and UNESCO Ambassador Maha Essaoui, head of the anti-discrimination project in the Puy-de-Dôme departmental council, remains the godmother of the youth association. After an hour-long video exchange, the next meeting with her is scheduled for Exposciences in May in Clermont-Ferrand.

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