(Italiano) Notte Europea dei Ricercatori 2021

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The free online course to plant and care for a vegetable garden in your school.


Monday, February 24th, 2020, from 05:00 pm to 07:00 pm.
The meeting dedicated to teachers, trainers, and educators to discover the potential of vegetable gardens.
Admission is free, booking is required.



Make your own veggie garden in a box. Monday, November 4th, 2019, from 05:00 pm to 06:30 pm.
The GARDENStoGROW event to discover the potential of a school garden.
Admission is free, booking is required.

(Italiano) Notte Europea dei Ricercatori 2019

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Monday, March 18th, from 05:00 pm to 07:00 pm
A meeting for teachers, educators and amateurs of STEAM, Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Mathematics. 


European Researchers’ Night 2018

On September 28th, 2018, the Explora Museum will celebrate the European Researchers’ Night, featuring I do not waste, to find out how to reduce food waste, an event promoted for the 13th edition of the European Researchers’ Night organised by Frascati Scienza, dedicated to the BE a citizEn Scientist: la scienza è partecipata (BEES) project.

Admission to the Museum is free for timed visits at 07:30 pm and 09:15 pm, with workshops to be booked and free-admission activities: I do not waste wants to make children and families aware of the food waste issue with the help of Researchers and Scientists who will present activities and workshops created for all age groups.

Together with CREA, a research centre for food and nutrition, and CAR SpA, a food and agriculture centre of Rome, the I do not waste event is meant to highlight how strong the link between environment and food is and how Science, Research and Technology can help us reduce food waste.

On schedule: 

  • Shed light on waste
    Workshop for children aged 3-5 years, booking is required.
    Can food waste be avoided at home, at schools or while shopping? Find out how to do it with small bee-shaped robots: attend the workshop and have fun discovering how to reduce waste by playing. The activity aims at raising preschool-aged children’s awareness of food waste. 
    By Maria Mattera, a nutritionist researcher at CREA alimenti e nutrizione.
  • The right shopping 
    Workshop for children aged 6-8 years, booking is required. 
    Science and Research are working on it, collecting and analysing data to reach the goal: Can we produce a sheet of paper creatively using food scraps? Learn how to recycle creatively, combining new technologies, research and environment and reducing waste by studying keywords such as purchase, shopping, packaging and re-use.
    By Laura Rossi, a biologist nutritionist researcher at CREA alimenti e nutrizione.
  • Programme your consumptions
    Workshop for children aged 9-11 years, booking is required. 
    Shopping and purchases, recipes and amounts of servings, expiration dates and labels; enter the world of robots and computer programming and learn how to adopt correct food habits and understand all the steps in the “waste chain”.
    By Maria Luisa Scalvedi, a nutritionist researcher at CREA alimenti e nutrizione.
  • Not looking good, but good
    Workshop for children aged 3-11 years, booking is required.
    Cannot a less-than-perfect fruit be good? Why when buying fruit and vegetables do we tend to discard those that are not looking good? For children and families alike, this workshop explains how half the food waste takes place at home and provides information on how to reduce food waste caused by a wrong and misleading perception of what healthy food should look like.
    By Mauro Uniformi, an agronomist at Agribioeco Laboratori Riuniti.
  • FOODCONS Food Consumption Data Base
    Free-of-charge kiosk for adults. 
    Supported by CREA researchers, the activity helps adults learn about health and disease prevention, food education and sustainability by providing data on the impact that our food choices have on the environment. Foodcons is a software created by CREA that provides data trends and analytics on “Food Consumption”.
    By Marika Ferrari, a biologist researcher, and Umberto Scognamiglio, a researcher at CREA alimenti e nutrizione.

The European Researchers’ Night, organised by Frascati Scienza, is a great event that brings science in the streets, among citizen, young people and students. This project is supported by the European Commission (GA No. 818728). 

Thanks to: CREA, research centre for food and nutrition
                  CAR SpA, food and agriculture centre of Rome

When: September 28th, 2018
Entry times:  First visit at 07:30 pm, second visit at 09:15 pm
How to attend: free admission to the Museum with online booking required for admission to the museum only.
Booking will be available from Tuesday, September 18th, 2018.
Workshops can be booked in the museum and are for different age groups.

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STEM*Lab – Scoprire, Trasmettere, Emozionare, Motivare (Discover, Convey, Excite, Motivate) is a multiregional project funded by the Con i Bambini, supported by the Fondo per il contrasto della povertà educativa minorile (Fund to counter educational poverty) to encourage bypassing individual, cultural, social and behavioural weaknesses in children aged 5 to 14 years and their families.  

The project aims to prevent educational poverty by creating a school environment open to families and the entire local educational system, where the children’s interest on STEM can be stimulated through innovative methods and resources.

A National Working Group (GdL, Gruppo di Lavoro), made up of scientific partners, will develop new educational strategies to experiment with through the creation of a national network of 13 educational units, the STEM*Labs, located in schools and open to the entire community for out-of-school time activities as well.

The GdL work will be supported by a national highlight unit within the Museo della Scienza e della Tecnologia Leonardo da Vinci – MUST and will benefit from the help of four territorial leaders, one per region, who will meet specific needs of the local communities.

Explora, the Children’s Museum of Rome, is one of the scientific partners to the project and will be part of the national working group as: 

  • Research and listening Unit
  • Co-design and training Unit 

In addition, Explora will help set up the STEM Fair in Sicily, an event for families, made together with teachers and the two other Sicily’s scientific partners: Palermo Scienza and Scientificamente.

The project, coordinated by Kairos scs, includes Explora as well as the following partners:


Project duration: 01/03/2019 – 31/03/2023 (48 months)

La valorizzazione della corporeità nella scuola dell’infanzia

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European Researchers’ Night 2017

The 12th edition of the European Researchers’ Night, the European event dedicated to science communication, will take place in 22 European cities with more than 300 events, and will be coordinated by Frascati Scienza. On September 29th, 2017 Explora will open doors to children and adults for a “Made in Science” night dedicated to Science and Research. The event is intended to bridge the gap between researchers and society: getting the public familiar with scientific contents, which will improve everybody’s daily life through activities of research and experimentation, is also made possible through dissemination of up-to-date methods and applications, new stimuli and findings.

Plastic and Bioplastic: learn how to identify them” describes the two types of materials, so that they can be recycled and reused multiple times, developing the concept of circular economy in which waste is a resource: plastic packaging collected in plastic waste bins are mostly recycled, while biodegradable and compostable bioplastic packaging, collected in food waste bins, are turned into biogas e compost.

At 07:30 pm and 09:15 pm, the 4 workshops, each for a different age group, make children (aged 3-11 years) and their families experiment with the peculiar characteristics of these two materials:

  • Discover polymers – 7-11 years: A workshop that takes a journey into Chemistry to explore polymers, their shapes, characteristics and components. Thanks to Engineer Giampaolo Pellegatti, Plastics Europe.
    Admission-free workshop
  • The Plastic World – 3-5 years: What do you know about waste sorting? Have you heard about reuse of plastic waste? Let’s reuse it in a creative way with a hands-on activity to become familiar with the basics of plastic and understand what hides behind the production, transformation and recycling of plastics. A fun workshop on creative reuse based on the learning by doing approach, to find out about the characteristics and properties of this material, which is commonly used in our daily life and not always properly used. Through sensory experimentation you can learn the correct behaviours to follow to show respect for the environment and care for the planet. Thanks to Sabrina Lucibello, associate professor at the Department of Planning, Design, and Technology of Architecture of the Sapienza University of Rome, and coordinator of the Degree Course in Design.
    Worshop to be booked.
  • Valuable Plastic – 6-7 years: the workshop to unveil the secrets of plastic and learn how to recycle consciously. Grind, press, process, extrude, wind up, draw, and 3D print and find out how to collect, identify, re-use, recycle and make new objects from plastic packaging. The workshop takes place at “Valuable Plastic”, the first child-friendly interactive exhibit space in Italy that can get children to better know plastic in an informal way. The activity will help children tell the differences between PET for bottles and HDPE for containers and caps, grind them, reduce them in chips and press them to create a new creative object. Thanks to Engineer Antonio Protopapa, Director of Research and Development  Corepla, Consorzio Nazionale per la raccolta, il riciclo e il recupero degli imballaggi in plastica.
    Workshop to be booked.
  • Bioplastic – 8-11 years: What happens to fruit and vegetable waste? Did you know it can be very useful for all of us? Find out with an activity to experiment with the possible uses of food waste to make bioplastics, exploring its potential, from a sensory point of view as well as its many uses. With the help of the Researchers you can learn about the characteristics of food waste and understand how it can be turned into a resource. By observing and using some samples of bioplastics, you can learn about their qualities (colour, smell, softness and more) and compare them with the “old” plastic.
    Thanks to Sabrina Lucibello and Cecilia Cecchini, associated professors at the Department of Planning, Design, and Technology of Architecture, Sapienza University of Rome and coordinator of the Degree Course in Design, thanks to Carlo Santulli, associate professor at the School of Architecture and Design SAAD University of Camerino; thanks to Chiara del Gesso, a student expert on beer waste, expert on bioplastics, and Marika Troiano, a student expert on the production of “buttons” in bioplastic. Workshop to be booked. 

The project is funded by the European Commission within the MSCA-NIGHT-2016/2017 Call (Grant Agreement No. 722952), and is part of a series of events taking place from September 23rd to September 30th, 2017 focusing on the European Week of Science, an initiative that, through the years, has become a reference point for the world of Science and the public.

In collaboration with Corepla, Plastics Europe and Sapienza University of Rome.


Age: 3-11 years
When: September 29th, 2017, at 07:15 pm and at
How to attend: Booking is required to be admitted to Explora free of charge. Booking will be available from September 18th.
Access to workshops to be booked is limited; booking can be done at the museum within the first 30 minutes after visit starts.