Schools

Workshop – Paleontologist for a Day

While acting as paleontologists, students will take part in the simulation of paleontological excavations, practicing searching for fossils and rocks, analysing and commenting on the results, in order to learn about the history of this territory. The workshop is a preliminary study for the visit to museum collections. Afternoon hikes along the Orba creek facilitate further engagement in the discussion; environmental education opens the horizon on the study and classification of rocks.

Option 1

It includes the educational workshop at the museum followed by a visit to the collections.

  • Duration: about 2 hours (morning or afternoon)
  • Availability: all year round
  • Number of participants: 25 max.
  • Primary and secondary school (Key Stage 3: ages 11 through 13)
  • Cost: 75.00 € (per class)

Opzione 2

It includes the educational workshop at the museum followed by a visit to the collections and the hike to the Orba creek.

  • Duration: about 5 hours (morning + afternoon)
  • Availability: March 1st to June 31st
  • Packed lunch (lunch indoors can be arranged)
  • Number of participants: 25 max.
  • Clothing: sneakers
  • Primary and secondary school (Key Stage 3: ages 11 through 13)
  • Cost: 130.00 € (per class)

Free coach parking available on Viale della Rimembranza (300 metres away.)

Transportation costs are the responsibility of the visiting school.

Workshop – Discover the World of Fossils and Minerals

The workshop is divided into two distinct sections and is designed to provide students with a base of scientific knowledge within the field of fossils and minerals.
The paleontological workshop will simulate the search for fossils, as well as their excavation and analysis.
The mineralogy workshop will examine the crystalline structure of minerals, the methods of their classification and their utility.
Both workshops, during which students can experiment directly, will also serve as a preliminary to the museum visit which will provide them with a more complete vision of the topic.
The workshop will take place at the museum and is followed by a visit to the collections.

  • Duration: about 5 hours (morning or afternoon)
  • Availability: all year round
  • Packed lunch (lunch indoors can be arranged)
  • Number of participants: 25 max.
  • Primary and secondary school (Key Stage 3: ages 11 through 13)
  • Cost: 130.00 € (per group)

Free coach parking available on Viale della Rimembranza (300 metres away)

Transportation costs are the responsibility of the visiting school.


INTERACTIVE TOURS


Tour 1 – Botany – “The Green Lungs of the City”

Participants will take a walking tour through Ovada’s city parks, learning how to identify plants and become familiar with their silent life.
The activity consists of both theory and practice. Students will be actively involved in searching for leaves and branches to create a small botanical garden.

  • Meeting place: the Museum (parks are within walking distance)
  • Duration: about 2 hours (morning or afternoon)
  • Season: October through November; March-June
  • Packed lunch (lunch indoors can be arranged)
  • Number of participants: 25 max.
  • Equipment: pen and notebook
  • Attire: sneakers, raincoat optional
  • Primary and secondary school (Key Stage 3: ages 11 through 13)
  • Cost: 70.00 € (per class)

Tour 2 – Geology – “Journey to the Center of the Earth: Rocks and Minerals”

The tour takes place at the museum, where students can observe a wide variety of specimens on display and recognize the major types of rocks, their environments and the ways they have formed. They will study the fascinating world of minerals, starting from the most common materials, and will conduct simple experiments.

  • Duration: about 75 minutes (morning or afternoon)
  • Availability: all year round
  • Number of participants: 25 max.
  • Primary and secondary school (Key Stage 3: ages 11 through 13)
  • Cost: 70.00 € (per class)

Tour 3 – Zoology – “Sea Shell: A Life Inside a Shell”

The tour takes place at the museum, where students can observe several specimens on display, learning how to identify the major marine invertebrates and their respective shells through use of scientific instruments. They will also discover how man has used shells throughout the course of history.

  • Duration: approximately 75 minutes (morning or afternoon)
  • Availability: all year round
  • Number of participants: 25 max.
  • Primary and secondary school (Key Stage 3: ages 11 through 13)
  • Cost: 70.00 € (per class)

 


PROGRAM: THE MUSEUM AT SCHOOL


Paleontology: “Study of Fossils”

Through direct contact and a few simple experiments, students can explore the fascinating world of fossils, witnesses of the ancient past of our territory. The program includes three appointments – one optional:

  • First lesson: introduction to paleontology. Approx. 1 hour.
  • Second lesson: educational workshop at the museum and visit to collections. Approx. 1 hour.
  • Third lesson (upon request): excursion around the city to explore fossil sites. Approx. 2 hours.

Please note: the optional excursion will take place in the morning, at the end of the second lesson. The transfer from the museum to the site will be by school bus.

  • Availability: all year round (the third lesson will not take place in the event of inclement weather)
  • Number of participants: 25 max.
  • Primary and secondary school (Key Stage 3: ages 11 through 13)
  • Cost: 140.00 € for 2 lessons – 180.00 € for 3 lessons (per class)

Please note: schools from outside Ovada will be charged 4 € extra every 5 km.
 


FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES


Schools of the Alessandria province may apply for funding to cover part of the costs of workshops included in the “Environmental Education Program” of the Province.

Instructions and application form can be downloaded from the following link: www.ambiente.al.it


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