On June 23rd concluded the fourth edition of the program of Science and Technology for Children in Michoacán, whose goal is to provide a support system for teachers of basic education, allowing them to incorporate the teaching of science focusing on students, and developing their skills and abilities of scientific research through the experimentation in the classroom.
This program benefited thousand elementary students from 12 schools located in Morelia and Charo municipality. In addition, during the school year 2014-2015, participating teachers were trained with specific issues, which depended on the grade level they teach. In first year it was climate; second, soils; third, chemical tests; in fourth, food chemistry; in fifth, electrical circuits, and in sixth, ecosystems.
As part of the program, schools were delivered packages with experimental materials that included: living beings, chemicals, and instruments for measurement, among others.
The program seeks students to learn, through inquiry, to ask questions, to predict, plan and conduct research, to solve problems, analyze ideas and develop new hypotheses.
Tamara Arechavala Monterrubio, head of the Academic Department of the State Council of Science and Technology (CECTI in Spanish) said that "with this program, the children could understand; through his own reasoning, scientific aspects of the world that surrounds them".
Meanwhile, Alberto Guzmán, head of the Project of Technological Innovation of INNOVEC said that: "this program was put into operation successfully in Michoacán thanks to the collaboration of CECTI and the Mexican Secretary of Education that have driven this program in the State".
Science and Technology for Children is promoted by FUMEC through Innovation in Science Education (INNOVEC). The State Council of Science and Technology (CECTI) in Michoacán with support of the National Council of Science and Technology (CONACYT) have coordinated the program.