TIM Faz Ciência is an educational action that invites 4th and 5th year old teachers and students to explore 7 intellectual operations specific to the production of knowledge.

The program was based on the assertion of the thinker Neil Postman, who said that all the knowledge we produce is the result of some intellectual operations: observe, verify, classify, question, define, apply and generalize. For TIM Faz Ciência, more important than teaching what was thought and produced by science is to make children understand the mechanisms that scientists used to get to those results.

The program cycle can be divided into four major actions:

  1. Enrollment. To participate, teachers can register in two ways: through the Municipal Departments of Education with whom the program establishes partnerships or through spontaneous enrollment.
  2. Teaching materials. Each kit contains teacher’s books (one book about the project plus 7 books, each on one of the operations), Student Books, video classes and video storytelling.
  3. Training meetings. In the partner cities, several trainings are held throughout the year. At these meetings, teachers are introduced to the program, share experiences and discuss topics related to education.
  4. Activities in the classroom. With the materials in hand and training support, teachers apply the program with their students. Activity reports are sent to the call center and posted to the program digital channels.

Visit the TIM Faz Ciência website to learn more about the initiative
Access the video library with classes ministered by Professor José Sérgio Carvalho and stories of each operation told by Kiara Terra
Access and download the teaching materials: Presentation, Observe, Verify, Classify, Question, Define, Apply and Generalize and Students Book
Watch the testimonies of great names of education at TIM Faz Ciência Thinkers Gallery





In the most recent PISA (International Student Assessment Program) of 2015, students’ performance in science left the country in 63rd place in a list of 70 nations. The average of the Brazilian students was 401 points, while the students of the OECD (Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development) obtained an average of 493 points. This difference is approximately equivalent to three years of schooling.

The drop is in contrast to the government’s growing investments in education: in 2015, PISA showed that Brazil’s expenditure per student, accumulated between the ages of 6 and 15, was US$ 38,190 – equivalent to 42% of the average investment of US$ 90,294 per student in OECD countries. In 2012, the expenditure per student was equivalent to 32% of the amount invested by the countries of the bloc. Analysts say that in addition to investing resources more intelligently, it is necessary to prioritize teacher training and appreciation.





  • Creation and elaboration of the TIM Faz Ciência Kit: teacher’s and student’s books, video classes and video storytelling


  • 2,291 teachers and 68,730 students from 945 schools in 246 municipalities participated in the program
  • 53 training meetings were held in 24 cities
  • 3 educators were honored with the TIM Faz Ciência Award


  • 3,954 teachers and 124,827 students from 1,283 schools in 232 municipalities participated in the program
  • 144 training meetings were held in 31 cities
  • 6 educators were honored with the TIM Faz Ciência Award





The material of TIM Faz Ciência was explored in an academic article elaborated by Professor Ariane Baffa and two students of the Federal University of Grande Dourados (UFGD), in Mato Grosso do Sul. The article was presented at the III Conference of the Latin American Association for Research in Science Education, held in Mexico. In addition, Ariane Baffa used the material in subjects that she teaches at the undergraduate physics course at UFGD.
Learn more about it: Professor at UFGD adopts TFC material

Several actions taken in public schools throughout the country through TIM Faz Ciência have caused changes that remain to this day. In Fortaleza-CE, children formed a Science Club at the school that continues to function and in Florianópolis-SC they contributed to the creation of a municipal park.
Learn more about it: TFC: actions that changed school and community

In 2016, the tribute to teachers was held in a new format, the TIM Faz Ciência Colloquium, which also marked the end of the program. Were invited to present papers at the Colloquium Patrícia Andrade, from Brasília-DF; Marília Ariela, from Fortaleza-CE; and another 10 teachers from Curitiba-PR, city where the event occurred.
Learn more about it: TFC: colloquium and year closure

TIM Faz Ciência was present in almost 70% of the municipal schools of Curitiba-PR, the 8th largest city in the country, in 2016. There were 136 schools involved, in a total of approximately 250 teachers and 15,000 students.
Learn more about it: TFC in 70% of schools in Curitiba

Teacher Patrícia Pinho Andrade, from Brasília-DF, developed a project for empowerment of women based on intellectual operations explored in TIM Faz Ciência. The workshops managed by Patrícia invites children to think about common biases and generalizations on women, base on five female icons.
Learn more about it: Valorization of women in TFC

In 2015, received the TIM Faz Ciência Award Nilza Morais Cunha, from Fortaleza; Elisângela Oliveira Pereira, from Aquiraz-CE; Suelen de Araújo Santos, from São Bernardo do Campo-SP; Ednéia Patrícia Dias, from Florianópolis-SC; Alires Jakobowski, of Massaranduba-SC; and Emily González, of the Municipal Department of Education of Niterói-RJ.
Learn more about it: TFC pays tribute to teachers in Ceará

In 2014, as a way to honor dedicated teachers who stood out throughout the year, the TIM Faz Ciência Award was held. The winning educators were Elba José Cidade Moura, from Porto Alegre-RS; Glória Silva Hamelak, from Fortaleza-CE; and Samuel Dias Macedo, from Santo André-SP.
Learn more about it: TFC 2014 awards prominent teachers