TIM Faz Ciência (TIM Does Science)
The results achieved by Brazilian students in science are far from ideal. The PISA (Programme for International Student Assessment) science test conducted in 2012 placed Brazil in 59th place on a list of 65 countries. Out of the three areas assessed - reading, maths and science - the last was the one in which Brazilian students achieved the least satisfying results. However, during academic year 2014, more than 2,000 teachers in public schools across the country were able to apply a more interesting approach in science lessons.
In the second half of 2013, Instituto TIM launched TIM Faz Ciência (TIM Does Science): an educational activity aimed at teaches and students in the 4th and 5th years of primary school. The project is intended to develop a set of resources aimed at providing guidance to teachers in teaching the foundations of scientific thought to children. The content explores the notions of definition, observation, formulating questions and assumptions, classification, verification, application and generalisation.
Overall, in 2014, 70,000 students were invited to explore scientific notions and concepts in a more pleasant and effective way. In 2015, the programme involved over 125,000 students and 4,000 teachers and was adopted by 6 cities as a local training project, while in 2016, student numbers increased to 136,764 and teachers to 4,731 in 115 cities around the country.