Nautilus was born in February 2012. The students attending the III A.S. (Experimental Class) of the Scientific High School Galileo Galilei in Potenza, Italy, wanted to have their own place on the net where to talk about various subjects including philosophy, history, cinema, society etc. and they thought the best way to achieve their goal was creating a blog: Nautilus.
The blog in its own does not look like an original idea, whereas the way this blog is run is undoubtedly outstanding: while discussing in our classroom about scientific or philosophical topics among several others or while reading newspapers for research purposes led by our teacher Prof Antonio De Lisa, the students bring forward proposals for writing articles to be published on Nautilus. Publication does not follow immediately though, but any article can be posted online only after receiving the majority of the students votes. Votes are expressed via show of hands.
Once a topic has been selected and a student has volunteered for writing it (every student gets involved in the process of writing and publication, no one is left out or does not get his chance of having his article published on the net), research is carried out by little groups of students in order to provide the writer with further information about the topic dealt with.
Nautilus is constantly fed with new materials and is kept up-to-date by the students themselves. Among the themes most recently covered there are movies linked with alternative societies or augmented reality. In fact, the students set up a cinema lab in which movies were shown, think tanks were created so as to propel any kind of group debate about social issues and where philosophical questions, stemming from the movies previously watched, were asked.
The students lively curiosity was a major boost for the whole project. Their inquisitiveness certainly helped widen the scope of their research, always bringing new aspects of the society we live in under their magnifying lens, with a quite surprising insight too. As this blog approaches its 15th month online, we can go back to the early days and all the way up here again by simply scrolling up and down a web page, exploring what has been not only the path of a bunch of young minds on their way to the adults world, but also how their ability of analysing critical themes has changed throughout this period. This is the revolution.
Among the latest problems covered by the students are: cash-for-gold shops boom shows to such a deep extent the financial crisis has it Italy; an impressing overview of the XVII century, covering every single aspect of an age which made the world modern; in-depth research about medicine in the past, what cures consisted in, who the first physician was and where they worked; and much, much more still to come.
Here a link to the blog is posted: https://nautilussperimentale.wordpress.com/il-nautilus/
Many of the articles are still not available in English language, but an attempt to translate the previous works is well and underway, and well be able to provide the readers with more international stuff, to make the blog available to many more people and involve as many as possible in our web adventure.
Vincenzo Romaniello, 2012/13 IV A.S. student