TIM Faz Ciência
The TIM Faz Ciência program is directed towards 4th and 5th grade teachers and students. In 2014, over 2,000 teachers and 70,000 students throughout Brazil participated in the program. In 2015, 3,500 teachers and 120,000 students were involved in the program. In 2016, 4,764 teachers from 1,706 schools participated in 115 municipalities, involving 136,764 students from all over the country.
TIM Faz Ciência was based on a statement made by one of the most important thinkers of the 20th century, Neil Postman, who dedicated his life to think about modern education, schools, society and technology. In one of his books – Teaching as a Subversive Activity –, Postman says that all the knowledge we produce is the result of some intellectual operations we carry out: we observe, verify, classify, question, define, apply and generalize.
The program is organized based on this exact idea. All the classes, stories, texts and activities have been created so that the participating children could not only execute these operations, but also – and most importantly – learn to recognize, improve and discuss each one of these operations.
Carried out in partnership with Municipal Departments of Education, TIM Faz Ciência provides public schools with teaching materials, videos and other aids, also promoting training sessions with teachers. The program materials can be downloaded free on the TIM Faz Ciência website. Visit the website and find out more about the program (in Portuguese).