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V Region schools learn about Ocean physics at the USM

CCTVal’s Physics in Action group carried out 10 entertaining experiments and demonstrations with which they were able to teach secondary students about pressure and fluids, global warming and alternative energies, under the framework of the National Science and Technology Week, organized by CONICYT’s Explora Program.

CCTVal’s Physics in Action group carried out 10 entertaining experiments and demonstrations with which they were able to teach secondary students about pressure and fluids, global warming and alternative energies, under the framework of the National Science and Technology Week, organized by CONICYT’s Explora Program.

Océanos Ondas y Energía CCTVal Semana CT Explora 7Hoping to captivate the younger ones with an interest in science and technology, the Federico Santa María Technical University opened its doors to three V Region schools during the activity “Oceans – Waves and Energy”, with the objective of teaching secondary students about the laws of physics acting on water movements, in a practical and applied way.

The activity was organized by the outreach group belonging to the Scientific and Technological Center of Valparaíso (CCTVal for its Spanish acronym) of the USM, Physics in Action, under the framework of the National Science and Technology Week of CONICYT’s Explora Program (National Committee for Scientific and Technological Research), which in its 23rd version had the Ocean as the central theme.

The event was attended by students from grades seven, ten and eleven from V Region schools: Villa Alemana’s Millantú Montessori School, and El Olivar’s Santa Teresa high school and San Nicolás School. 

The students and their teachers were able to see how ocean physics concepts are put into practice through fun experiments conducted at 10 booths, addressing themes like pressure and fluids, global warming and alternative energies. Additionally, students participated in a talk called “Tidal waves and Tsunamis”.

Practical examples for knowledge

“The exhibit has been very educational. For the kids, the experiments were very helpful to better understand topics and concepts that in school are generally taught in a more theoretical way, so this contributes a lot to their learning”, Francisco Morales manifested, physics and chemistry teacher at the Millantú Montessori School, who visited the University with his grade eleven students.

Meanwhile, Daniela Molina, mathematics teacher at the Santa Teresa high school, pointed out: “I think the activity was great. I can see that the kids are very excited, and at the booths, their questions have been answered according to their level of knowledge, which is grade seven. It has been an excellent opportunity for them since they are just starting to define if they will pursue a scientific or arts program in the future”.

Among the Physics in Action researchers collaborating in the activity were Cristián Allendes and Patricio Catalán, academics at the Civil Works Department, in the stand “Water Canal”; Pedro Allendes, in “Stratification of water”; Ligeia Aranguiz and Francisco Ugarte, in “Sea Energy”; Mauricio Caviedes, in “Water properties”; Crisitian Romanque and Alfredo Navarro, in “Bucket of waves”; and Alvaro Salinas and  professor Claudio Torres, both of the Informatics Department, in the stand “Computational Wave Simulation”.

CCTVal´s Physics in Action group, led by the USM researcher William Brooks, begun its activities during the first semester of 2017, with the aim of establishing an active link with V Region schools to motivate and raise in young people an interest for science, relating it to everyday phenomena.

The activities promoted by this scientific outreach group are carried out thanks to the financing of CONICYT’s Rings of Research in Science and Technology, specifically Ring ACT-1413, which through outreach activities seeks to sensitize the Chilean society to the relevance of the Scientific and Technological endeavor and its insertion in all aspects of everyday life.

To learn more about Physics in Action, visit their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/fisicaenaccionusm/.

The XXIII National Scientific and Technological Week is an initiative organized by the Regional Associative Program (PAR for its Spanish acronym) of Explora CONICYT Valparaíso, which counted with more than 80 free activities, distributed throughout the 38 V Region municipalities, with the aim of contributing to the promotion of scientific culture in the country. 

Escrito por Super User 23 · Oct · 2017

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