The project has been started since the beginning of February. Two lessons have been shared by the marine Scientists involved from the Marine Research Institutes, INGV and CNR-Ismar, Prof. M. Paterni, S. Merlino, M. Locritani. After that, students have been split into two groups, managing two different topics: setting the electronic data device (information technology students)on one side and assemble the two propotipes, the bottle and the tablet, on the other side (chemistry students). Chemistry students have been studying the best solution, concerning materials, resins, catalist, polimers to be used to improve the bottle-prototipe. Information tech-students have been programming the electronic cards that will be put inside the bottle, responsible of the launching signals of the drifters. In less than a month the drifters should be ready. We are planning to assemble 4 bottles and 6 tablets to launch. The 11th of April students will be involved in the FESTA DEL MARE during which they will be presenting in public the project to the citizens.
The launch is planned for May 17th at Parco San Rossore, during which pupils will let their creations floating on the sea and start following them on internet, day by day, getting ready to catch them in case of stranding. Stay tuned!!!
The launch on May 17th wasn't very successfull, since the most of the drifters beached; so, according to the weather predictions of the colleagues of INGV Bologna, we decided to launch again on September 2022, at the end of the summer, hoping for better conditions. In the mean time a team composed of two teachers and three students attended meeting of the ERASMUS + Blues_Med Project in Crete on May 5-9 and the EMD in Ravenna.