The Pirelli Foundation is taking part in the fifth edition of the Festival of Innovation and Science in Settimo Torinese, which Pirelli has supported for the past four years and which includes events such as The importance of F1 2017 tyres, an encounter between the former Ferrari driver Ivan Capelli and Mario Isola, the current Pirelli Formula 1 racing manager.
Chemistry hour is the main theme of the events scheduled from 15 to 22 October in Settimo Torinese, which is home to the most technologically-advanced Pirelli plant.
The Archimede Library will host the educational workshops put on by the Pirelli Educational Foundation specifically for schools and for children accompanied by their families.
The following will take place on the morning of Friday 19 October: You Need a Tree to Make a Tyre for primary schools and Journey to Discover Tyres for middle schools. During the activity, students will learn about the characteristics and the origin of rubber, how many and which chemical ingredients are used in making a tyre, and what the main stages of its production are. The children will subsequently try to make their own exclusive coloured tyre and customisable erasers using a variety of materials.
Children aged between 6 and 11 will have special activities in the afternoon on Saturday 20 October: Tyres in Colour! is the workshop that will show participants some experiments using colours, designed in partnership with technicians from the Pirelli chemical laboratories. They will then be able to mix the various ingredients together to make an exclusive new tyre of their own.
Participation in the festival is part of the Pirelli Educational Foundation’s programme, which since 2013 has offered opportunities aimed at promoting the importance of scientific research and technological development also among young people, values on which the corporate culture of Pirelli has been based since it was established.
Specifically, the substantial educational programme gives secondary-school students the chance to visit Pirelli’s research and development centre at the company headquarters in Milan Bicocca, where they can observe closely the different tests that tyres undergo before being placed on the market and discover in the chemical laboratories all the materials that compose them. The youngsters also have the opportunity to enter the Pirelli Industrial Centre in Settimo Torinese and the Milanese department that uses the innovative system of digital robots: Next MIRS (Modular Integrated Robotized System).
Participation in the Pirelli Foundation workshops is free of charge.
For more information and to check out the complete programme of the festival please go to the www.festivaldellinnovazione.settimo-torinese.it website