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CBR students are regional deputies at the Youth Parliament
Students Natacha Fernandes and Pedro Cruz, as deputies, and Graciela Camacho, as a journalist, will participate in the National Session of the Assembly of the Republic on April 16th and 17th, representing the district of Faro in the presentation of the projects approved in the District Session, under the theme of Gender Equality.

The meeting of one of the Youth Parliament Commissions (on the 16th) will be broadcast live on Canal Parlamento/Parliament Channel - ARtv on cable and DTT TV. The meetings of the remaining Commissions (on the 16th), as well as the Plenary Session (on the 17th) will be recorded and broadcast live, on the web-TV platform of Canal Parlamento. The "Youth Parliament" program is an Assembly of the Republic (AR) initiative aimed at young people in enrolled in Basic School levels that culminates on a National Session in the Assembly of the Republic.

The Youth Parliament aims to:
  • Encourage young people's interest in civic and political participation;
  • Stress the importance of the citizens' contribution to the resolution of issues that affect their present and the individual and collective future, making their proposals heard before the organs of political power;
  • To make known the meaning of the parliamentary mandate and the decision-making process of the Assembly of the Republic (AR), as a representative body of all Portuguese citizens;
  • Encourage the ability to argue in defense of ideas, with respect for the values ??of tolerance and the formation of the will of the majority.
Wanghao Zhu, CBR student, achieves gold medal at the XXXIV Portuguese Mathematics Olympics
Wanghao Zhu, a 9th grade student at Colégio Bernardette Romeira, was awarded, on March 20th, the 1st place in the Category A at the XXXIV Portuguese Mathematics Olympics. This competition, which took place at Escola Secundária Luís de Freitas Branco, in Paço de Arcos, brought together the 30 best national students in each category.

Interview with the student Wanghao Zhu

How did your interest in mathematics come about?
My interest in mathematics started in the 2nd year, when I was studying in Ningbo (China). My teacher Wu noticed that I was good in this area and gave me a book of math problems to solve. Since then, my interest in mathematics has gradually grown.

Later, in 4th grade, I was invited by Professor Mao to join an extracurricular course dedicated to the Mathematics Olympics, where I was quite successful, having won some competitions.

Were you surprised that you were qualified for the final phase of the Portuguese Mathematical Olympiad (OPM) 2015/2016?
Yes, I was quite surprised because the 2nd stage did not go that well, so I didn’t expect to be qualified for the finals. But when, on the morning of February 19th, I received an email from the organization of the Portuguese Mathematical Olympics to congratulate me on being qualified for the national phase, I was very happy. It was one of the best news of my life!

How did you prepare for the final phase of the OPM?
The math teachers, Ana Rodrigues and Carmo Coelho, helped me a lot, providing tests from previous years and clarifying some doubts. On the internet I discovered some books with various exercises. Unfortunately, I did not prepare as much as I would have liked, because I had a very tiring term with tests, papers and presentations.

Tell us about your experience in Lisbon, in the final stage of this contest.
It was an unforgettable and very enriching experience. This trip allowed me to open new horizons. When I left Olhão for Lisbon, I felt a little insecure, but as soon as I arrived at Gare do Oriente and met with all the participants of the Portuguese Mathematics Olympics, I was even more insecure.

At Luís de Freitas Branco Secondary School, where the tests took place, I felt a little lost, I didn't know anyone. The first day did not go very well. I was disappointed with myself, but decided that on the 2nd day it would be different. And so it happened. I managed to find the solution to all the problems and I was more optimistic about my performance. At the closing ceremony, despite my nervousness, I felt that everything I had done would allow me to obtain a medal. However, when they announced that I had won the gold medal in Category A, I couldn't control my emotions because I was so happy.

What did you win with this prize?
In addition to the gold medal, I feel that in this three days, my passion for mathematics has deepened. I know that my future will be linked to mathematics. I learned that the important thing is that we do what we like and that it will lead us to success.

Another very attractive prize is the opportunity to participate in the Delphi internships, promoted by the Mathematics Department of the Faculty of Sciences and Technology of the University of Coimbra, where I will prepare myself for other competitions, namely the selection phase for the International Olympics that will be held in July in Hong Kong.

What are the Portuguese Mathematics Olympics?

The Portuguese Mathematical Olympiad (OPM), organized annually by the Portuguese Mathematical Society, is a competition for Mathematics problems, addressed to students in the 1st, 2nd and 3rd cycles of basic education and also to those who attend the secondary education, which aims to encourage and develop a taste for mathematics.
The problems proposed in this contest appeal above all to the quality of reasoning, creativity and imagination of students. Logical rigor, clarity of exposition and elegance of resolution are important factors in determining classifications. OPMs do not have the fundamental objective of testing the amount of accumulated knowledge.

OPMs take place in three phases:
  • a first round, which takes place in all schools that express the intention to participate, and participation is open to all students;
  • a second round, which functions as a regional final, which takes place in some schools in the country and for which some students are selected, according to the regulations of the OPM;
  • a National Final, which takes place in a school invited to organize this stage of the Olympics; 30 students from each of the categories participate, selected according to the OPM regulations.

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Aula de Campo na Paisagem Protegida Local da Fonte Benémola – Loulé
A escola enquanto tubo de ensaio da sociedade deve possibilitar aos alunos, situações de aprendizagem que restabeleçam a ligação com a natureza e o seu usufruto de forma sustentável. Ser um cidadão do Mundo é ter presente que as nossas economias e sociedades estão indissoluvelmente ligadas ao planeta, aos ecossistemas e aos bens e serviços que nos proporcionam, tais como um clima estável, alimentação e água potável.

Diante dos problemas criados pela conversão de áreas naturais para diferentes usos, a utilização de índices de integridade ambiental tem sido uma importante ferramenta para avaliar de forma eficaz e rápida a qualidade dos ambientes.

Nem sempre é fácil para um estudante a utilização de ferramentas que avaliem os índices de integridade dos ecossistemas. Pensando nesse problema, uma equipa do ECOREACH do Centro de Ciências do Mar (CCMAR)/Universidade do Algarve (UAlg) desenvolveu uma aplicação (APP) que permite, de modo intuitivo, avaliar o grau de preservação/alteração de ribeiras do Algarve.

Nos dias 22 e 23 de janeiro a turma do oitavo ano participou com os investigadores José Max e Marcos numa palestra sobre "Ecologia e conservação de ribeiras", seguida de uma saída de campo à Paisagem Protegida Local da Fonte Benémola – Loulé para teste da ferramenta app, em conjunto com os alunos do oitavo ano da EB 2, 3 João da Rosa. Nesta atividade, improvisámos ainda um laboratório ao ar livre para observação de bioindicadores da qualidade da ribeira.

Com esta atividade, terminámos o semestre da melhor maneira: a promover a sustentabilidade e a proteção do planeta junto dos nossos alunos.