The event hosts about 50 institutions related to scientific, technological and educational work in the country, who will presente in the forecourt of the Interactive Museum Mirador (MIM) until Saturday October 8.

The Millennium nucleus MUSELS, funded by a program of the Ministry of Economy, Development and Tourism, together with the Centre for Research and Innovation for Climate Change (CiiCC) of the University of Santo Tomas, Millennium Science Initiative will actively participate in the 2016 version of the Festival of Science and Technology.

FIESTA CIENCIA 2The meeting, organized by the Explora Program of CONICYT, through the Regional Associative Projects (PAR) RM Explora South East, North and South West, from Santiago, will be open to the public until Saturday October 8 from 9:30 to 18:30 hours and is part of the XXII National Week of Science and Technology.

With the stand showcasing Ocean Acidification (OA) a space enabled for the education, training, entertainment and hands-on activities about environmental changes, members of MUSELS and CiiCC are responsible for explaining to students aged 4 to 18 years, the effects of increased carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere, with a particular emphasis on OA and the impacts on marine calcifying organisms. In addition, the operation of Non-Conventional Renewable Energy (NCRE) is presented as a strategy to reduce CO2 emissions.

“In general we include educational activities at the stand, because children learn by touching, with strong colors, in simple language. Then we start explaining what is Climate Change and asking what they know about this issue, thus we get an idea of how to cast explanations in an approachable way to them. Then we tell them that there are other factors for the increase in temperature and had the issue of acidification, “explains Tania Opitz, a student in the Msc. program in Environmental Management and Planning at the University of Chile.

The stand has shells of different economically important species to explain what are the effects of the OA in these organisms. It also has a colorimetric pH kit so students can see how seawater pH changes if you add CO2. “This CO2 is artificially built from a drum or we ask the students themselves to blow bubbles to see how the CO2 they produce affects the water, pH”, says Opitz.

FIESTA CIENCIA 1In addition, an experiment is carried out where shells are immersed in lemon juice, with the aim of showing how the acid causes the release of calcium carbonate. To end the first part, questions about what they learned are asked. Then it goes to the part of the NCRE, where they are instructed on how they can reduce CO2emissions and what types of NCRE are currently being used.

“For this we have an explanatory Kit with a hydrogen engine, wind and solar energy, to shoe that there are alternatives to produce energy,” says the Msc. candidate.

Millennium Science Initiative

The stand of the Millennium Science Initiative focuses on encouraging interest in science, the possibilities dedication and contribution to the country. This space has the participation of IMII Millennium Institute, the Millennium Institute Midap, MNFISB Millennium Nucleus, Nucleus Millennium and Millennium Nucleus Minreb CPC. They all deliver educational materials and conduct scientific activities with children, such as observation through the microscope and scientific use of 3D games.

FIESTA CIENCIA 3Virginia Garretón, Executive Director of the Millennium Science Initiative, explains that “for the second year the Millennium Science Initiative is present at this fair with exhibits, materials and activities of its 36 research centers, because such activities are that allow us all Chileans understand and connect with science generated in the country.”

The Millennium Institute of Astrophysics, MAS participates with a stand in which astronomy will present the video game “chews Astros” where visitors can take an interesting trip through the solar system. Also, the Millennium Biomedical Neuroscience (BNI), the Institute is present with “Dendros: domo brain” in the “Children’s Corner,” a space designed especially for activities of smaller children.

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