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150 youth from different public establishments in the commune of La Serena, were motivated by TED talks, organized by the Science and Technology Dissemination and Dissemination Team of the ULS and the Gabriel González Videla Corporation.

In the framework of the “Waking Up Scientists of the Future” program and in the celebration of the Month of Science, a scientific and pedagogical talk was held, aimed at schoolchildren from municipal schools and high schools in La Serena, an initiative that is part of the cooperation agreement between the University of La Serena and the Municipal Corporation Gabriel González Videla.

ted2 talkThrough talks TED (Technology, Entertainment and Design), it seeks to disseminate inspiring ideas and speeches that can "change the world" in scientific matters, with the aim of promoting knowledge and equity in access to science, for the benefit of students and teachers

The appointment made at the Municipal Theater of La Serena, brought together more than 150 schoolchildren from seventh grade to fourth year of high school, who together with leading experts, analyzed and were able to consult on issues related to climate change and cell division, between Other topics

The academic of the Department of Biology at the University of La Serena and executive director of the Research and Technological Innovation Laboratory for Science Education (LIITEC-ULS), Francisco López Cortés, explained that “this agreement with the Municipal Corporation dates from 1991, and today, in my role as director of LIITEC, we are related to five educational establishments, which we call pilots, institutions with which we co-design and participate in the implementation processes, but other instances of the University have been added To make this work more organic. We train teachers in technology and, with them, we co-construct the learning sequences and that is the novelty, it is one thing to tell the teacher how to do their work in the classroom and another is to invite him in a peer relationship to build the products that they are going to be installed in the classroom ”.

The researcher and head of Glaciology at the Center for Advanced Studies in Arid Zones (CEAZA), Dr. in Geography at the University of Otago, New Zealand, Shelley Mac Donell, said that “there is nothing better than seeing the potential that exists in the children, teenagers and young people, because beyond being a cliché, they are the future, and they chose to attend this talk ”.

ted3 talkLikewise, the expert said that “there is a real need for Chile to train“ Chilean ”professionals in this area, we have more than 24 thousand glaciers in the country, and there are only 5 or 6 Chilean glaciologists and the rest is foreign. So, not only is it important to make visible the science that we do, it is also important to show them the possibilities for them, the students, so that they can take control of their own territory. ”

The Secretary General of the Municipal Corporation Gabriel González Videla, Patricio Bacho Chávez, said that “the purpose is to adhere to the Month of Science and to highlight important aspects in our establishments. The study of science, taking advantage of the advantages that the region has, especially in the field of Astronomy, and also, the alliances established with entities such as the University of La Serena, in addition, as Municipal Corporation, we have contributed to strengthen education in this matter, through the provision of scientific and technological implements ”.

The 8th grade student at José Miguel Carrera School, Scarlett Parra Araya, said that “I loved the talk, for a long time I like science, and I wanted to attend an activity like this. In my school they encourage us to know about this subject, they carry out Astronomy workshops and in the subjects, in general, they teach us a lot about Technology ”.

Finally, the exhibitors summoned the student communities to participate, soon a second talk that will be held the 29 of this month and, the ExpoCiencia Nearest, which will take place in the same week.

Written by Sergio Muñoz, ULS Science Outreach and Dissemination Team