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Maker Faire Rome 2021, starring projects | Science

Science and innovation, a very close relationship that Maker Faire Rome has fully embraced. Although Covid-19 remains a global threat to economic recovery, the growth of the world economy will continue to be sustained by innovation and technology. If companies are to thrive in the current environment, management must be comfortable with the pace and implications of technological change. For example, the Technology Report 2021, Bain & Company’s annual industry survey, analyses the impact of technology on consumers, businesses, the economy and geopolitics. Science, research and innovation: here are some of the projects we’ve chosen for you that were the stars of Maker Faire Rome 2021 from October 8 to 10.

Cosa c'è nello smartphone?


The smartphone is truly a physics laboratory, but we don’t always know it. Norma Gaetani‘s project (a.k.a. Physics in Pills) goes precisely in this direction. The smartphone has so many sensors that allow us to improve the user experience and more. How do proximity sensors (from sonar to LIDAR), accelerometer, gyroscope, vibration, touchscreen, pressure sensor, temperature sensor, GPS, RFID AND NFC, magnetometer (compass), camera, light sensor, fingerprint sensors, facial recognition (2D and 3D) work?

CUORE (la foglia artificiale)


Tommaso Caligari, Giada Bausani and Zineb Kamal are three first- and fourth-year students from ITI Omar in Novara. They have produced CO2 nanoparticles to develop an artificial photosynthesis process to convert CO2 and water into methanol. The premise? The energy crisis and global warming can be solved using the process of photocatalysis. Catalytic photo-reduction of CO2 is in fact a sustainable process that allows the control of emissions and the removal of excess CO2 from the atmosphere, and photo-catalysts convert carbon dioxide and water into biofuels. We have produced Cu2O nanoparticles to develop an artificial photosynthesis process to convert CO2 and water into methanol. Tommaso, Giada and Zineb’s artificial leaf uses the same portion of green light from the visible spectrum that plants use during natural photosynthesis.

Laboratorio a domicilio

Costantina De Mitri and Luca Di Massimo created OfficineApogeo, set up to continue and develop the activities of Apogeo Ambiente srl, a company that has been active since 1997 in science education, science teaching and the sale of research and educational-scientific equipment. At Maker Faire Rome 2021 they created experiments in chemistry and biology, suitable for deepening scientific teaching at school. OfficineaApogeo has also developed a series of educational kits to perform chemistry and biology experiments in schools. Each kit allows a teacher to carry out the proposed experiment independently and within one hour. Each kit is available in two versions: one for the teacher, for chairside demonstrations, and the other for the classroom, to allow students to perform the experiments themselves.
m-Bioma srl spin off sostenuto dal CREA


Innocenzo Muzzalupo, Giovanni Misasi, Giuseppe Chiappetta and Cristian Altimari are the founders of m-Bioma, a spin-off supported by the Council for Agricultural Research and Analysis of Agricultural Economics (CREA), which produces unique technologically advanced biological fertilisers based on useful micro-organisms. m-Bioma was born from the idea of enhancing and improving typical Italian agri-food excellences with unique technologically advanced products based on useful indigenous microorganisms that promote nutrition and increase plant tolerance to biotic and abiotic stresses, improving the performance of all crops, both agricultural and otherwise.
M.I.A. 21  (nanoparticelle e nanofili di Argento contro virus e batteri)
Matteo Carbone and Simone Giacomini are fourth-year students at the Istituto Tecnico Industriale Omar in Novara. They made an interfacial mask with nanoparticles and silver nanowires to fight viruses and bacteria and took it to Maker Faire Rome 2021. The mask was made from several overlapping layers of non-woven fabric (basic assembly), with natural fibres such as cotton and abaca on which nanoparticles and silver nanowires were deposited.




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