Introduce part of the research carried out by members of the Millennium Nucleus MUSELS, encourage the vocation to the scientific area and raise awareness to the new generations about climate change that gradually affects the planet, were part of the objectives of the activity organized for the students of the Polytechnic School Ignacio Carrera Pinto of the locality San Carlos, Biobío Region.
The activity, led by Valezka San Martin, PhD student of the Doctorate Program in Environmental Sciences at the Universidad de Concepción and a member of MUSELS supported by the Deputy Director of extension of the Millennium Institute of Oceanography (IMO), Barbara Leniz, included a tour to different scientific facilities, where students could see in situ the research work carried out by experts.
“We want that them understand in a simple way what we are doing and associating it within the content that they are studying in the subjects related with the science,” Valeska San Martin explains.
Valeska says that this visit is the continuation of a series of activities of scientific dissemination aimed to bring the science to the younger, through multiple activities planned for the occasion.
“Some time ago I organized a series of activities to show what we are investigating and explain the importance of these studies for our country.”
The activity of the 30 students began in the offices of the Universidad de Concepcion, where they were received by monitors of this University, who showed them the main Faculties and explain the characteristics of the careers related to the science.
Then it was the turn of the IMO center that received them at the Facultad de Ciencias Físicas y Matemáticas with an Itinerant Scientific Video, adapted to secondary school students, which through a video and experiments, allowed them to learn and know concepts related to the trash in the ocean.
Later they went to the Marine Biological Station of the university located in Dichato, where they received a talk of Valeska on her doctoral work, which is part of the multidisciplinary research of MUSELS. “The students received a current view of the environmental problems we are facing product of the human activities, with emphasis on the studies that we are developing on the effects of the Ocean Acidification”.
Students knew the station and part of the technological equipment used by scientists of MUSELS in their research, as the case of the mesocosmos, an instrument where ocean acidification experiments are performed. In addition, guided by the Engineer in Marine Biotechnology and Aquaculture, Nicole Castillo, they had the opportunity to work in the laboratory analyzing samples of phytoplankton and zooplankton, as well as learn the role of these organisms in the food chain.
Finally, to complement the talk given to the students, an excursion to the intertidal zone to identify marine organisms and its zonation was did. In addition, the teachers received support material as books, information on the careers, project brochures, among others.
It is important to emphasize the management of Jaime Arias, technical coordinator of the secondary school, who identified the students who had affinities with the scientific area and constantly are involved in scientific academies of its secondary school.