The initiative, which was one of the eleven winners of the II National Contest of Support to the Development of Products of Social Appropriation of Science and Technology of the EXPLORA CONICYT Program, sponsored by the CEAZA Scientific Center, also had the collaboration of the University of La Serena
With the exhibition of small documentaries on astronomy and on the emblematic species of the Humboldt Penguin National Reserve, the multimedia platform "Eco Interactive Stellar Capsules" was officially launched.
The activity was attended by more than one hundred students from the Gabriel González Videla School and the Ignacio Carrera Pinto and Gabriela Mistral high schools in the municipality of La Serena, who on the occasion received the Rom DVD with the interactive platform in symbolic form.
"The objective is to make them free of charge to the most vulnerable educational establishments, so that teachers can incorporate them into educational processes and use them as a tool for teaching students," said the marine biologist and director of the project, Jorge Ramírez.
This initiative was one of the eleven winners of the II National Contest of Support to the Development of Products of Social Appropriation of Science and Technology of the EXPLORA CONICYT Program, sponsored by the CEAZA Scientific Center and supported by the Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory (CTIO), SECREDUC Coquimbo Region, the National Forestry Corporation (CONAF), the National Tourism Service of Coquimbo Region (SERNATUR), the University of La Serena, the Education Department of the Municipality of La Higuera and the Gabriel González Videla Corporation of La Serena .
On the occasion and on behalf of the University of La Serena, the Research Director of the ULS, Dr. Eduardo Notte, participated and was pleased with the result of the project.
The program contains almost entirely unpublished material captured by the project director, Jorge Ramírez, in collaboration with the photographer, Jorge Figueroa, who managed to obtain high quality images of each of the species found in the reserve. to include them within the platform.
Music, videos, photographs, graphics, locutions, texts, among others, are part of the material that was generated exclusively for this interactive platform.
This first version of the Eco Capsules, is designed primarily for students from the region and tourists who visit the reserve, with the aim of transmitting relevant information on flora, birds and marine mammals present in it. It also seeks to encourage the conservation of these unique ecosystems in Chile and highlight the privileged nature of the reserve for astronomical observation.
"The product seemed excellent to me, very interesting both for the student community and for the professionals who were present at the ceremony. I found it a very simple material to use and with relevant information about the biodiversity of the reserve ", emphasized the professor of the Liceo Gabriela Mistral, Claudio Farías, who also commented that" together with a colleague of biology we talked about the possibility of using it in classes to develop some unit of learning related to the subject ".