CEDENNA organizes numerous outreach activities, including conferences, talks, competitions, schools, seminars and exhibitions, to present its work to the general community, generating greater interest in science among the youth of our country.
The Molecular Magnetism and Materials Laboratory was visited by a group of third and fourth year high school students from Arzobispo Crescente Errázuriz School in Puente Alto as part of a cycle of three visits during this semester. For the chemistry and science teacher accompanying the students, Aída Araneda Moraga, the purpose of the visit is to “enchant her students with chemistry and its study”.
“The idea is that fourth year high school students that are on the point of graduating come and learn more about what is being done in applied science and see how work is really done in laboratories and that they don’t just learn about this from TV or internet” stated the teacher, a masters program candidate in Chemistry at the Faculty who did her thesis under the direction of Professor Diego Venegas-Yazigi, director of the magnetism laboratory.
During their visit students had the opportunity to see researchers work in teams in the laboratories. The students were received by Drs. Marlén Gutierrez, Walter Cañón, Patricio Hermosilla and Daniel Aravena and the students Nicolás Soto, Paulina Garate, Kerry Wrighton, Natalia Carvajal and Leonel Ponce.
According to the director of the laboratory, Dr. Diego Venegas –Yazigi, the activity “contributes to disseminating work in basic and applied science, representing an important experience in the formation of postdoctoral researchers, and doctoral and undergraduate students from different fields”.
“Having to explain and interest persons that are not experts in the area of inorganic matter is a way to learn how to present ideas to society to transform them into future projects”, explained the professor of the Faculty of Chemistry and Biology of the University of Santiago.
“I would like to see a couple of the students that visited become interested in studying chemistry at our university”, commented Dr. Diego Venegas –Yazigi of the Center for the Development of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (Cedenna).
The school belongs to the Belén Education Foundation from the community of Puente Alto. It will continue with visits laboratories this year.