Science and Technology Week
National Science and Technology Week has been held since 2004. Its purpose is to mobilize mainly children and young people in science and technology and to make the general public aware of the research carried out in Brazil.
During the event various topics and areas of knowledge are discussed, but each year participating institutions work on one specific area. In 2006, for example, the National Science & Technology Week discussed the centennial year of the Santos Dumont's flight in 14bis. In 2008, the subject was debated was Evolution & Diversity and in 2010, science in Sustainable Development.
In 2006 and 2007, the MCT carried out a national survey that showed that 85% of the population knew nothing about scientists and major research institutions. So, Science and Technology Week also seeks to increase the general public's knowledge of science and technology in Brazil and of its leaders.
The event takes place in different arenas, such as cultural centers and museums, universities and research institutions, the legislature and public squares. Its agenda includes films, lectures, workshops, plays, round tables, exhibitions, science fairs, competitions and prizes, online activities and even astronomical observations.
Each year the number of participants in Science and Technology Week grows. In 2004 there were 1,848 activities in 252 cities in Brazil. Five years later, in 2009, there were around 25,000 activities run in nearly 500 Brazilian municipalities.