CORPORATION PROMOTES EQUITY IN THE TEACHING OF SCIENCES
THE TRUCKLAB MOBILE LABORATORY WILL BRING EQUIPMENT TO THE MOST REMOTE TERRITORIES OF THE REGION TO SUPPORT LEARNING IN BIOLOGY, PHYSICS AND CHEMISTRY AT SCHOOLS.
July 15, 2016
Thirty-three teachers from educational establishments of the Maule Region received new knowledge and teaching and scientific tools, thanks to the first training to teachers that was imparted by the University on the use of the "TruckLab, Techno-Science on Wheels".
This is a mobile laboratory ready to go to primary schools and high schools of the region and whose purpose is to develop scientific and of environment assessment skills in students, through practice and recreational activities.
The TruckLab has the support of the Mineduc through the "Design and Implementation of a Mobile Scientific Laboratory to Develop Scientific Skills, Assessment of the Environment in Science and Technology by Means of Specialized Didactics for High School Establishments of the Maule Region " Improvement Plan. The development of the project is conducted by the Department of Engineering.
The end of the first course, in which the participants visited the modern truck that will carry the scientific equipment with technologies for school learning, took place at the Curicó Campus and was presided over by the Vice President for Undergraduates, Marcela Vasquez, and the Dean of the Department of Engineering, Claudio Tenreiro.
The mobile laboratory was designed according to the needs of educators and their establishments, for experimental activities by students, with the support of academics from the University. "We will bring laboratory installations where many times there are not such equipment and resources to do experiments in biology, physics and chemistry. The youngsters will be able to do practice activities ", said Marcela Vasquez.
"This training will improve the learning process of children in schools and high schools of the Region. Teachers will put into practice in their classrooms everything they have learned and then use the TruckLab that will travel to the countryside ", she added.
For his part, Dean Tenreiro emphasized that the project and the mentioned course for teachers represent the commitment of the University with the development of the Region.
Likewise, the academic from the Department and Director of the project, César Retamal, said that the initiative will allow addressing several deficiencies in educational establishments.
"There are schools that have good laboratory material, but don't know how to use it. In others there are motivated teachers, but face the problems of resources and infrastructure. Then, we will help those establishments to apply for funding to have their own facilities", he said.
One of the teachers who participated in the 40-hour updating was Maria Bravo, Biology teacher from the Molina Bicentennial High School, who stressed that "there must exist methodological strategies to captivate children who currently manage lots of information. This course was a very good event, because access to a lab allows our students to have greater opportunities and science education to be more equal," she said.
Her colleague Oscar Jeno, from the Federico Albert High School, in Chanco, said that for school students, science would now seem more entertaining, which will help their learning.