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The Micro-Hoek project seeks to provide an economic option for the study of microbiology in educational establishments.

A technological, innovative and low-cost solution that seeks to bring microbiology closer to educational establishments in the Coquimbo Region. This is how Micro-Hoek defines its creators, the specialized technician of the University of La Serena, Edgardo Mundaca, and the professor of Biology and Natural Sciences, Mariano Rodríguez, who using electronic and domestic waste, developed a smartphone adapter that allows capturing images microscopic

microhoek2Mariano Rodríguez, co-creator of the adapter, said that the important thing about this project is to be able to contribute to the teaching of science at all educational levels. "The initial idea is for the student to make his own sample and be able to photograph microscopic images, because being able to do your own preparation in situ is very beneficial for the learning of science," he said.

For his part, Edgardo Mundaca, referred to the impact that has generated Micro-Hoek, even to be used in countries such as Colombia, Mexico and Argentina. "I am too surprised by the reception of this project, the results it has obtained have been quite positive, even reaching the international level, where we have received positive criticism from teachers at the school and university levels," he said.

In order to bring this important work to the community, the official launch of Micro-Hoek was made in the Pentagon Hall of the University of La Serena, an activity that was attended by authorities of the institution, headed by the Rector, Dr Nibaldo Avilés, in addition to a large number of students and teachers from different schools in the region.

microhoek3The Rector of the ULS indicated that this is a very important project that will bring the study of science in a didactic way to children and young people. "Our task as a state university in the region, is to help transfer the image that science can be taught in a didactic way through meaningful learning that is obtained from experimentation and real contact with the object to study," said the maximum university authority, who valued the work done by the Micro-Hoek team.

Manual for its construction

Micro-Hoek is a project funded by the Directorate of Research and Development of the University of La Serena and there is currently a free construction manual, which describes the materials and steps to follow for its development, which is available here

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Written by Tomás Rodríguez, DirCom