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Transcript of Interchange Project
Stakeholder: primary school students
Colombian Researchers with high level of motivation to share there knowledge
Materials for the activities
Principals with high level of motivation to allow the activities
Teachers with interest in implement the activities in their curriculum
We need at least 7 years to introduce the idea of science for change in our students
Develop non-formal education processes in 30 schools in the city of Medellin. We will engage the city's youth, through lectures and practical exercises through video, by learning about new technologies and scientific advances in areas such as nanotechnology, biomedicine, new materials, energy, among other themes within the field of engineering. The idea is to involve middle and high school students in the creation of these activities with science (nanotecnology) to share with primary school students.
Some questions to answer
With how many people we want to work?:
150 people; 100 students and 50 teachers, but also some people of the communities
Initially in Medellin Colombia, implementation through the public library system in 5 of them, corresponding to 5 districts of the city, which are:
Santo Domingo's Library
The first stage for the young people will by virtual means, is intended between late October and early December. The first project EPICS development, to be held in Santo Domingo, in August started the process of diagnosis and ended the first half of year 2014.
The meeting with professors, students and community leaders, can be estimated for the second week of February or early March.
The following community projects will be developed throughout the year 2014
These methodologies will allow them to interact creatively through research processes and learn about advances in science developed at Universities and academic centers of the world
Purpose: Increase high-school students´ interest and knowledge about science, particularly nanotechnology.
Encourage students to pursue university study in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines
Inspire next generation of leaders in science – both the high school students and the graduate students participating in the program
Create strong, productive partnership between Colombia and Purdue
Develop a model for broader interactions in K-12 education
Vision in the begining
April 22 – Introductions on both sides
April 29 - Intro to nanotechnology, atomic-size scale, and crystal structures
May 6 - Forms of carbon - nanotubes, graphene, diamond, graphite
May 17 - Nanocellulose and the beauty of plant derived nanotechnology
May 20 - Characterization of nanostructures – AFM and SPM
May 27 – Manufacturing solar cells from blackberry juice
Scenarios in which young people can:
- Experience the importance of intellectual development for mankind,
- Feel safe to be smart and become confident that it is possible to build a future based on their ideas and dreams.
The start of the exchange
NSF US-Colombia Workshop on Nanotechnology in Energy and Medicine – March 2013
Cultural exchange trip to Santo Domingo Savio to learn more about Medellin and its people
Connection made between - Alejandro Roldan, Carol Handwerker, Hazel Marinero, Ernesto Marinero, Alejandro Casteñeda on nanotechnology
What have we learned from this project?
1. The students enjoy workshops with
real science experiments.
is the focus of the knowledge exchange between students and professors/reaserchers.
3. Colombia needs to create scenarios where
kids can be smart without fear
to make mistakes in front of their teachers or other students.
Purdue University –
Graduate Students: Alexendra Bruce, Maria Jose Cadena Vinueza, Alejandro Casteñeda, Jairo Diaz Amato, Pylin Sarobol, Valerie Wiesner, Carolina Vivas
Faculty: Carol Handwerker and Arvind Raman
Universidad de Antioquia –
Graduate Student: Daniel Ramirez
Faculty: Franklin Jaramillo Isaza and Jaime Gallego.
This process begin with 25 students of 5 schools near the library, and ends with 16 students of 4 schools (Antionio Derka's School, Nuevo Horizonte's School, Candelaria's School and Fe y Alegria's School) was also involve 2 professors of high school physics and technology
And what now?…
16 kids and 2 teachers of high schools in Colombia, 5 students of PHD and Master, and 2 teachers in Purdue, 3 teachers of the UdeA, in Colombia with EPICS in Santo Domingo's Neighborhood, and 1 initial idea for a community project in this Neighborhoo
What we have right now?
We want to make at least one community project, and another group with kids of a robotic club in the neighborhood, and strengthen the original group of 16.
This schedule is made for the second semester, include the 6 weeks course of nanotechnology plus 8 weeks of an approach to different topics related with natural sciences. The idea is to finish with 40 students of 5 high schools of Santo Domingo's neighborhood, Medellin-Colombia.
Jairo Diaz: nanocellulose
Maria Jose Cadena: Scanned probe microscopy
Alejandro Castaneda: Scanned probe microscopy
Project Partners Nanotechnology
Carol Handwerker: Professor of Materials Engineering and Environmental and Ecological Engineering
Arvind Raman: Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Project Partners Nanotechnology
CSAP: Colombian Students Association of Purdue
Carolina Vivas: graduate student
Nan Kong: Professor
Enviromental Engineering and Materials Science
John A. Howarter: Professor
Alex Bruce, Gamini Mendis, graduate student
Camilo Vieira: Engineering Education (Netlog)
Maria del Rosario Uribe: Environmental
Project Partners in
Engineering and Science
William C Oakes P.E: Director of EPICS
Ali Shakouri: Director of Birck Nanotechnology Center.
Peter Bermel: Electrical and Computer Engineering
Different sources, different forces : Purdue
Different sources, different forces: Colombia
We are going to do a course of 14 weeks with 40 kids of Santo Domingo Savio August 12 to November 11
Week of science
On-site Route N in Medellin, we will perform in parallel with Purdue, the week of science focused on nanotechnology and science at the end: we hope to design five community projects aimed at solving specific needs in the Santo Domingo neighborhood
We are going to make a Science Academy with Ruta N to prepare the week of science for the next year with Birck center of Nanotechnology with the Purdue University
Ceremony for the awards for the best community project
We are going to make a ceremony for the most social impact project with a award for the kids, and a award for the teachers and the community leaders
We are going to find the budget for the community projects and implement them with the support of companies, with teachers and students of UdeA and Purdue University, community leaders, and the kids of the process.
We want to find scholarships for the kids and a trip to Purdue University for the energy or nanotechology camp in the Discovery Park or in the Birck Center of Nanotechology. .
4. We need to change the idea of:
""if you think, then you lose."" (Common Colombian expression)
5. STEM allows us to start dialogs between different areas, so
we need to value the knowledge of other people.
6. STEM is a dialog where
everything is possible
, that is an amazing idea for the kids, because they need to feel the hope of the future, where their ideas can be a new opportunity for mankind.