m2cE (mais e melhor com Engenharia), aims to create an integrated network of research centers, industrial partners and high schools and to promote the discussion of future engineering development impacts within society in two main areas: cities and industries. This network focused on the dissemination of scientific culture though a set of activities with great emphasis on experimentation, aims to encourage the sharing of experiences between the participants in the project: students, teachers, researchers and entrepreneurs.
This project has different activities that will be based in specific applications and case studies promoted by MIT Portugal Program. m2cE is funded through the program Choose Science, from School to University promoted by Ciência Viva, the National Agency for Scientific and Technologic Culture.
In collaboration with researchers affiliated with the MIT Portugal Program, the students will explore these themes trough practical activities carried on at their schools, but also at research centers and companies that have associated themselves with this project. All the activities of the m2cE network focus on hands-on projects, and along the year, other activities are planned to complement the practical projects visits to university research centers, workshops and discussion sessions.
m2cE counts with the participation of the following institutions:
- IN+ Center for Innovation from IST, Technology and Policy Research
- School of Engineering from Minho University
- ISA Intelligent Sensing Anywhere;
- Watt-IS Watt Intelligent Solutions;
- PIEP - Inovação em Engenharia de Polímeros.
- Escola Básica e Secundária de Vizela-Infias em Guimarães;
- Escola Secundária Carlos Amarante em Braga;
- Escola Secundária D. Maria II em Braga.+
- Escola Secundária D.Dinis em Lisboa;
Besides the 90 students and 8 Professors from the different High schools involved, m2cE also counts with the collaboration of MIT Portugal researchers from the School of Engineeing, UMinho (Alexandre Silva, Assitante Professor and LTI Phd; LTI PhD candidates: Ananth Rajkumar, Carlos Nuno, Ricardo Sá) and IN+ (SES PhD candidates: Gonçalo Mendes; Henrique Pombeiro, Joana Rafael, João Miranda Santos).