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.
A multidisciplinary vision about science, nanotechnological applications made in Chile and the trends that nanoscience developments are geared to provide solutions to problems facing the world today, were some of the topics that a group of teachers, from different schools in the country, met in the sixth version of the Pronano workshop, organized by the Cedenna research center at the University of Santiago.
Scientific conferences, laboratory tours and a project fair was the result of the participation of 26 school teachers, who arrived at the University of Santiago to participate on Tuesday 6, in the sixth version of the Pronano workshop, organized by the Center for Development of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology Cedenna.
The workshop is free and summons elementary and middle school teachers from all over the country to participate during a day in activities aimed at bringing teachers closer to this area, so they can share new knowledge with their students and foster scientific culture to Nacional level.
Dr. Dora Altbir, director of Cedenna and academic of the Department of Physics, stressed the importance of inviting teachers from different scientific areas, “it is very important to show teachers that nanotechnology requires a multidisciplinary approach. The more they look, the developments get richer” ,she said.
In the workshop, topics range from the basic concepts of nanoscience to its applications, as in the conference “Nanotechnology as a tool for the development of sustainable packaging”, dictated by Dr. Ana López de Dicastillo, a researcher at the Center and the Department of Food Science and Technology of the university, who highlighted the importance of nanotechnology for industry and the economy, through packaging that prolongs the shelf life of food and distances the deadline for the expiration of some export products.
The possibility of adding knowledge and talking with researchers of different disciplines is an aspect valued by teachers. Domingo López, professor of Biology of the Cuncumén Agricultural College and of the Santa Inés College in San Antonio: “I come with the interest of being updated, of being a leader on this knowledge in my school, to continue contributing to my students and be a motivator”. Reinaldo Cid is a professor at the San Juan de Aillinco school, in Galvarino, in the Araucanía Region and was one of the scholarship teachers with tickets to be able to attend Pronano, in his opinion, it is important to bring scientific topics to the classroom “especially rural students and young people who are empowering themselves with science, changes and technology” and did not hesitate to recommend the workshop to more teachers.
The talks touched on topics such as the technological revolution offered by nanoscience, sustainable food packaging, new cancer therapies, improvements in devices thanks to the use of nanoscale materials, magnetism in everyday use and as a protector of life on earth, Green nanotechnology and methods to incorporate nanoscience to work in the classroom. Then the laboratories of Electron Microscopy, Nanomagnetism, Sensors, Molecular Magnetism and Nanomaterials and Environment were visited.
Finally, at the project fair, the nanoscience exhibitions for the development of more efficient energies were highlighted, by Dr. Roberto Lavín; comparison between containers from petrochemical sources versus eco-friendly containers from natural sources, presented by researchers Ana López de Dicastillo and Carolina Villegas; generation of nanoparticles through the recovery of electronic waste, by the doctors Estaban Vargas and Pamela Sepúlveda; and demonstration activities to link nanotechnology to high school curricular content, shown by doctors Samuel Baltazar and Javier Rojas.