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.
Close to 50 high school students from the Metropolitan Region with a common interest in Chemistry participated in the First School on Chemistry, which took place at the National and International Events Center of the University of Santiago last August 17, 2011.
The activity, organized by academics of the University of Chile, the University of Santiago and Andres Bello University through CEDENNA, seeks to inform students about the basic concepts of Chemistry and Nanoscience, together with their future technological applications.
The workshop allowed students from the schools Alicante from Maipú, San Luis Gonzaga from Puente Alto, Carmela Larraín Infante from Maipú, San Carlos from Quilicura, Liceo José Domingo Cañas from Ñuñoa, and the National Institute to link up with researchers who work in the field of chemistry through the opportunity for interaction provided by the conferences programmed for this event and the series of experiments that the students observed during the day.
This first school took place in the framework of the celebration of the International Year of Chemistry (IYC), 2011, which has the motto “Chemistry: Our life, our future”. The commemoration is generating diverse activities around the world to highlight the importance of Chemistry in the sustainability of the planet and the improvement of our lives.
After opening the first School of Chemistry, the head of the area of Molecular Magnetism of CEDENNA, Evgenia Spodine, from the Faculty of Chemical and Pharmaceutical Sciences of the University of Chile, expressed her satisfaction about the way in which the event had been developed. She highlighted the interest of the students in participating in the experiments that had been carried out and in learning the basic concepts that were discussed. The teachers who accompanied the students were so satisfied that they requested that the activity be repeated for all the students from the third and fourth year in their respective schools.
Among the researchers who participated in the School were Prof. Evgenia Spodine, Jorge Manzur, and Paul Jara from the University of Chile, Prof. Diego Venegas-Yazigi and Carolina Aliaga from the University of Santiago de Chile; and Prof. Verónica Paredes and Andrés Vega from Andres Bello University.