The first ‘digital high school’ was born on the outskirts of Rome, under the wing of Leonardo, a new school address that puts “scientific and humanistic skills together for the future”. The Carlo Matteucci Technical Institute is the first time in Italy to test the initiative resulting from a proposal from the Leonardo-Civiltà delle Macchine Foundation, and carried out in synergy with Leonardo, the Ministry of Education and the school.
“We are missing a thousand digital technicians, you will be some of these technicians”, the president of the Foundation, Luciano Violante, tells the children, presenting the initiative in the school. “Leonardo is the heir to a more than centennial of Italian industry, putting it in direct contact with education in schools – highlights the education minister, Patrizio Bianchi, in a video message, is” one of the most important elements in the redesign not only of school but of the same Italian society “, a” redesign of a path and the pivot of a new educational school “.
It is the first step of a new experience with the hope that it can be replicated “in a capillary way, throughout Italy”, says the president of Leonardo, Luciano Carta.
Will this school train future Leonardo employees? “Certainly For us, having the skills we need is fundamental”, replies the CEO. by Leonardo, Alessandro Profumo: “One of the questions that always exists: what are the skills we will need in ten, twenty, thirty years? What people do we need to carry out our success? Robotics and artificial intelligence for us they are fundamental “.
The course of study
The new course of study – it was explained – responds to two needs: on the one hand, to implement the National Digital School Plan, to which teaching must refer, which explicitly requires development institutions to integrate skills with curricula disciplinary; on the other hand, the collaboration of the Leonardo and Leonardo Foundation with the Matteucci Institute to foster dialogue between scientific, technical and humanistic subjects, fundamental to guaranteeing a sustainable future. There will be 30 students who will form the first class of the digital high school, a five-year course of study, which aims to offer students solid skills in the scientific-technological field, not neglecting philosophical-humanistic training.