For some the holidays are already here, for others the first exams are approaching. When schools close, the Pirelli Foundation’s teaching activities come to an end for the summer break.

The Education programme for the 2016-17 school year was packed with new features and was greeted enthusiastically by lots of children and young people. From September to June, over 3000 students in 120 classes from Lombardy and other regions of Italy visited the Pirelli Historical Archive and took part in creative and educational workshops.

Of the almost 40 courses offered, the most popular were those devoted to the theme of sustainability – which included a visit to Pirelli: Sustainable Culture, the exhibition on display at the Foundation – and those of advertising graphics and road safety. Children and young people brought to bear all their creativity and conceptual powers to make models of the production plants of tomorrow, and to create advertising sketches and brief films in stop motion, as well as comics and designs for new tyre treads, thus putting into practice what they had learnt during the theoretical part of the courses.

A number of classes from lower- and upper-secondary schools were given an opportunity to visit the Pirelli chemical laboratories and the Research and Development Department. Here the kids were able to see the organisation of a modern scientific laboratory and each step on the way to creating prototypes for new tyres, with all the various tests these items are subjected to before being put into mass production. The kids were fascinated to see that a tyre is not just round and black, but that its components are mixed together in different ways, with great craftsmanship, to create products with different characteristics and levels of performance. The Pirelli Foundation also took older students into areas normally out of bounds to the public: the Industrial Centre in ​​Settimo Torinese, the most technologically advanced Pirelli plant with the central “Spina” area for research and services designed by the architect Renzo Piano, and the Next MIRS robotised production plant in Milano Bicocca. A unique, practical way of introducing young people to the world of factories and work.

It is also worth mentioning the success of the training and refresher course for teachers on Cinema & History organised together with the Fondazione ISEC and the Fondazione Cineteca Italiana, which this year examined the theme “World History: Beyond Eurocentrism”. The course, which is recognised by the Ministry of Education, University and Research, saw the participation of 120 primary and secondary-school teachers and about 180 young people who watched the two screenings for students.

The summer is almost upon us, but our plans don’t stop here!

We look forward to seeing you in September and showing you the new programmes for the 2017-18 school year.

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