Responsible teacher: Prof. Elisa Luin
Prof. Elisa Luin graduated in Biological Sciences in 2004 from the University of Trieste. From 2005 to 2014 he carried out research and teaching at an academic level (cellular physiology and biophysics, University of Trieste and La Sapienza University of Rome), obtaining a PhD in Neuroscience in 2008. He specialized in teaching in 2014 of natural, chemical and biological sciences in secondary school and in 2015 obtained the TFA specialization for educational support activities for students with disabilities. In 2016 he passed two ordinary competitions for teaching in secondary schools for A050-Natural, chemical and biological sciences and for the Support competition class (FVG). In 2018 he attended the CLIL methodological improvement course for English language, at Ca' Foscari University of Venice.
MISSION OF THE DEPARTMENT
The Leonardo Department is made up of specialized and qualified teachers with training and experience in different scientific fields, which allows us to provide students of our high school with a varied, complete and quality curricular and extra-curricular training offer that ranges from Sciences natural, geological and ecological, to chemical, biochemical and biomedical ones (cellular biology, anatomy, physiology and molecular biology).
Our training offer has always been characterized by:
- from laboratory teaching as a cornerstone to support the student as the first protagonist of his "learning by doing";
- from the collaboration with local authorities, key nodes in the educational network of students, who become part of a scientific and social community embedded in the local reality.
The various activities proposed generally support students' passion for science and STEAM disciplines, through:
- consolidation, deepening, application of disciplinary and transversal knowledge and skills;
- development of civic education and digital education skills;
- contextualising what they are learning at school in real life situations;
- motivational support for learning;
- promotion of life skills (relational and communication, problem solving, creative skills);
- promotion of sustainable behaviors at a local and global level;
- scientific dissemination and sustainable valorization of the Territory;
- orientation towards future training.
The curriculum of the Institute of Science of the Applied Sciences option (LSSA) differs from that of the Liceo Scientifico (LS) in supporting the development of scientific and transversal knowledge, skills and competences with further in-depth analysis of some topics (in particular in the final three-year period ), favoring even more laboratory teaching with active methodologies such as Hands on and Problem solving.
In the LS the timetable for studies relating to natural, chemical and biological sciences is 66 hours in the first two years, and 99 hours in the second two years and in the last year, while in the LSSA it is 99 hours in the first year, 132 in the second year and 155 hours in the second two years and in the final year.
Specific training objectives
Over the course of the five-year period, the student develops the skills necessary to follow the development of scientific research, to identify the interactions between the different forms of knowledge, acquiring a confident use of scientific language and using laboratory activity as a means of learning to master the procedures and methods of investigation specific to the discipline.
Learning, especially in the LSSA, is also seen from the perspective of integrated teaching between all scientific disciplines to lead the student to resolve problematic situations and to position himself in a critical and aware manner in the face of current scientific and technological development and of the immediate future.
Specifically, at the end of the high school course, students will have:
- achieved a secure knowledge of the fundamental contents of the sciences (chemistry, astronomy, earth sciences, molecular and cellular biology, anatomy and physiology) and, also through the systematic use of the laboratory, a mastery of the specific languages and investigation methods specific to the experimental sciences;
- developed calculation and representation skills for modeling phenomena and solving problems;
- acquired the ability to elaborate and critically analyze the phenomena considered and the experimental procedures implemented, in the search for strategies aimed at promoting scientific discovery and development;
- gained awareness of the reasons that have produced scientific and technological development over time, in relation to the needs and demands for knowledge of different contexts, with critical attention to the technical-applicative and ethical dimensions in daily life;
- acquired IT-digital skills for data analysis, research and modeling of scientific topics and their effective communication.