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The Arctic and the Schools

Northwest Passage

Cultural exchange project



Our adventure was an unrepeatable opportunity to arouse interest in an "other times" business conducted for non-commercial purposes.
We offered our willingness to collaborate with those who saw, like us, the potential of the first Italian navigation along the Northwest Passage.
These were collected by three schools, the Social Institute of Turin, the Elementary Schools of Salassa, in the Canavese (province of Turin) and subsequently by the "Della Valle" Primary School of Casette d'Ete - Sant'Elpidio a Mare (province of di Fermo - Marche) who have developed educational projects with some of their students, illustrated in the sections dedicated to them. The projects are different, as is natural given the different ages of the boys.
In the case of the Elementary Schools, two Inuit fairy tales have been reworked.
In that of the High School of the Social Institute it was possible to prepare material that was delivered to the Inuit Schools encountered along the way, to stimulate a similar effort and the subsequent meeting via the Internet of our different cultures.

During the course we have also collected climatic data with continuity and these will be used for a subsequent didactic path.
We are particularly happy with this collaboration which contributes to giving a cultural meaning to our navigation and we hope that it constitutes a non-isolated example of contact with young people.


Our adventure has been an unrepeatable occasion to inspire interest in an endeavor "from another era" conducted without any commercial ends. We offered the possibility to collaborate with whoever, like us, sees the potential linked to the first Italian voyage through the Northwest Passage.

This offer was accepted by two schools: the Social Institute of Turin and the Salassa Elementary School in the Canavese area (Province of Turin). With a part of their student body, they developed educational projects described in the area devoted to them. The projects are different given the different ages of the young people involved. In the case of the elementary school, two Inuit fables were re-worked. In the high school, material was prepared to give to the Inuit schools encountered during the trip with the hope of stimulating a similar effort on their part, followed by an encounter via Internet between our diverse cultures.

During the voyage, climatic data have been collected regularly for an educational project.

We are particularly happy about this joint effort which contributes to giving cultural significance to our voyage and we hope it will constitute an example of contact between young people that is not one-off.

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