TRUCKLAB WAS VISITED BY MORE THAN A THOUSAND CHILDREN IN THE SOUTH OF THE COUNTRY
THE INNOVATIVE SCIENTIFIC SPACE RECEIVED THE VISIT OF MORE THAN A THOUSAND STUDENTS, TEACHERS AND COMMUNITIES IN THE PLACES IT VISITED. EDUCATION AUTHORITIES HIGHLIGHTED THE POSITIVE EXPERIENCE TO DEMOCRATIZE KNOWLEDGE.
December 18, 2017
"Connecting Chile Through Science and Technology' was called the two-week tour of the Trucklab project for the Los Lagos Region, and that was generated thanks to the Engineering Management between academics and professionals of the Ministerial Secretary of Education in that area.
The visit allowed more than a thousand 400 students to know this mobile space and develop practical activities in the areas of physics, chemistry and biology, supported by the team of professors from our University.
"We found an excellent disposition of the authorities and educational institutions, with a family environment is very important. In the visit we noticed that this area is problematic and with needs similar to those of the Maule Region, to what one might add the difficulties of connectivity of the area, which could be a factor, but that is not because we saw a lot of willingness of development and work," said the director of the initiative Cesar Retamal.
One of the managers of the initiative was the regional coordinator of the transversality of Education, the Education Seremi Andrés Saavedra, who argued that expectations were exceeded. "In the technical field, and the contribution of the team Trucklab, far exceeded our expectations. I would like to highlight in particular the human and professional quality of the teachers in charge of the project," he said.
The truck visited Osorno, Puerto Montt, Castro, Achao and Ancud on the Big Island of Chiloé, Puerto Varas and Frutillar, cities where students had the opportunity to experience the mobile space. One of the establishments attended was the Colegio Sagrada Familia of Hornopirén.
"The experiment that we did was the formation of a synthetic polymer, where we use cold glue, water and borax to create a type of rubber that could shape and stretch without sticking to your hands. We all liked the experiment," said Natacha Hott, who along with his brothers and sisters traveled more than three hours to Puerto Montt for the initiative.
Their teacher, Daniela Catalan highlighted the possibility that she had to attend. "With these activities about the knowledge of the sciences is a more participatory and fun experience. In addition, the travel to different cities and social contexts favors the reduction of the social divide that still exists in the education of our country," she said.
The team of teachers in charge of the laboratory emphasized the interaction that is produced. "It was enriching the hosting of all communities and the relationship between the cultural capital and value for students and teachers with the learning of the experimental sciences," said Nicolas Hormazabal.
To the authorities of the area the evaluation was very positive. "We are very excited by this alliance with the University of Talca that achieved the Trucklab visit. Let us bring the development of science to the classroom in an external environment, which clearly generates a different development for students, with resolution of problems by scientific approach and, as a result of clear objectives to improve the quality of education," said Paul Baeza, Seremi of Education in the Los Lagos Region.
"I wish to replicate the initiative, where there is also the challenge that institutions of higher education in the region to generate similar projects to bring science closer to its dependencies, and in that way, democratize knowledge," added the authority.
In this sense, Andrés Saavedra from the Seremi Office argued that they are coordinating that during 2018 the laboratory will return to the area. "We want to incorporate it into the plan for the next year and which may include the training of teachers in the region, I think that would be very important and would leave a contribution in the strengthening of science," he said.
Along with the practical work carried out on the lab, the students participated in lectures and conferences, where they learned about the programs that the University of Talca dictates.
"It was a very positive experience to have the opportunity to make the University and the Faculty of Engineering known to students from that area of the country, we got into places where they usually do not have access to and we saw a lot of interest on the part of the students to get to know our programs and the guidance that they had. Many of them, in spite of the physical remoteness, knew the UTalca and they had a good perception of it," said the director of the School of Civil Mechanical Engineering, Leonardo Albornoz.