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Developing Science and Engineering Fair process: Costa Rica experience. Nathalie Valencia Chac ón Coordinator of Intel Student as Scientists National Engineering Fair Director. 2009 Intel Educator Academy Reno, Nevada.

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2009 intel educator academy reno nevada

Developing Science and Engineering Fair process: Costa Rica experience

Nathalie Valencia Chacón

Coordinator of Intel Student as Scientists

National Engineering Fair Director

2009 Intel Educator Academy

Reno, Nevada


Developing science and engineering fair processes the costa rica experience

Developing Science and Engineering Fair processes: The Costa Rica experience

Main topics for the presentation:

  • Education environment

    • Education system

  • Science Fairs:

    • Policies

    • Inter institutional collaboration

    • Funding

    • Organization: calendar, categories, committees

    • Growth

    • Training

  • I National Engineering Fair


Education environment

Education Environment

Costa Rica

  • Country Population: ~ 4.3 million;

  • Territory: 51,100 km2

  • Education System:

    Organization:

  • -One National Curriculum:

    • -Mandatory (K-9) and free public education K-12.

    • - 30-40 students / class.

    • Math & Science introduced from K-6 by elementary regular teacher,

    • general science teachers in 7-9th grades, and specialized science

    • teachers in high school.


Science and engineering fairs in costa rica history

Science and Engineering Fairs in Costa Rica: History


Science fairs in costa rica policies

Science fairs in Costa Rica: policies

  • National Program of Science and Technology Fairs

    • Law 7169 National Science Fair

    • National Decree in 2004: creates NSF program

    • This program involves the participation of students from preschool, primary and high school from the 23 education regions in Costa Rica

    • The overall objective of this program is to promote a science and technology culture, starting with the development of scientific knowledge, as a stimulus to new generations of Costa Ricans, through the demonstration and discussion of research projects designed by students.


Science fairs in costa rica interinstitucional collaboration

Science fairs in Costa Rica: interinstitucional collaboration

National Program of Science & Technology Fairs Commission:

  • Coordinated by Ministry of Science and Technology (MICIT)

  • Representatives from:

    • Ministry of Science and Technology

    • Public Universities: Universidad de Costa (UCR), Universidad Nacional de Costa Rica (UNA), Instituto Tecnológico de Costa Rica (TEC) , Universidad de Educación a Distancia (UNED)

    • Ministry of Education (MEP)

    • National Council for Scientific and Technological Research (CONICIT)

  • Others ad hoc– as consultants and support


2009 intel educator academy reno nevada

Science fairs in Costa Rica: funding

  • Government Annual Budget

    • Ministry of Science & Technology & CONICIT

    • Ministry of Education – inkind and human resources

  • Public Universities- organization and support of RSFs

  • Research & Professional organizations: awards

  • Private Sector – awards and sponsorships

  • Community support

    • Logistical organization


  • Science fairs in costa rica organization

    Institutional Science and Technology Fairs

    Circuit (District) Science and Technology Fairs

    Regional Science and Technology Fairs (23)

    National Science and Technology Fair

    International Science Fairs

    Science fairs in Costa Rica : organization

    • Implementation of the NPSTF takes into account the administrative organization of the Ministry of Education (23 Regional Offices)

    Invitations to others: Brazil, Spain, Peru,

    South Africa, Argentina


    2009 intel educator academy reno nevada

    Science fairs in Costa Rica: calendar

    • The National Program of Science and Technology Fairs is part of the National School Calendar


    2009 intel educator academy reno nevada

    Science fairs in Costa Rica: categories

    • Participation Categories:

      • Scientific experiences for preschool

      • Monographs ( Grades 1st - 9th grade)

      • Demonstrations of scientific or technological principles or process (Grades 1st - 9th grade)

      • Scientific method research projects(Grades 1st – 12th grade).

      • Engineering and technology development projects (Grades 1st – 12th grade).

    • Research categories: (based on ISEF)

      • Biology

      • Environmental sciences

      • Computer science

      • Earth and space sciences

      • Behavioral and social sciences

      • Physics and mathematical sciences

      • Engineering and technology

      • Chemistry

      • Medicine ands health sciences


    Science fairs in costa rica committees

    SRC

    Others

    Judging

    Committees

    Transportation

    &

    Housing

    Awards

    Special

    events

    Display

    Budget

    Training

    Science fairs in Costa Rica: committees


    2009 intel educator academy reno nevada

    Science fairs in Costa Rica: growth

    School participation

    Feeder Fairs

    Funds

    Media


    2009 intel educator academy reno nevada

    Science fairs in Costa Rica: growth

    Student motivation

    Teacher training

    Judging

    Data collection

    Curriculum


    National program of science and technology fairs manuals constant improvement

    National Program of Science and Technology Fairs Manuals : constant improvement

    Information on the web (spanish):

    National Program of Science and Technology Fairs:

    http://www.micit.go.cr/programas/feriascientificas.htm

    National Science and Technology Fair:

    http://feriacientifica.ucr.ac.cr/


    2009 intel educator academy reno nevada

    Science fairs in Costa Rica : teacher training


    2009 intel educator academy reno nevada

    National Engineering Fair

    • I Pilot on: December 9-11, 2008

    • Goal:

      • To estimulate students' curiosity and interest in the engineering field, through process involving observation, designing and developing prototypes or services,testing, analysis and research.

      • To provide students opportunities to present their research to specialists and the community

    • Target population:

    • High schools students from Technical,

    • Academic and Scientific schools


    National engineering fair

    National Engineering fair

    Interinstitucional collaboration

    • Coordinated by:

      • Ministry of Science and Technology

      • Ministry of Education (Technical Education Department)

      • Intel

    • Focus:

      Engineering projects

    • Budget

      • Ministry of Science and Technology

      • Ministry of Education – inkind and human resources

      • Private sector


    The process

    National Engineering fair:

    11

    10

    13

    12

    INTEL ISEF

    Institucional

    Fair

    9

    3

    4

    8

    1

    2

    5

    7

    6

    The process

    National Organization committee

    Action plan development

    Marketing and orientation for educatorsabout Engineering fair process

    Process at Institutional level:

    3. Students exploration of possible topics

    4. Topic selection

    5. Project plan completed and reviewed by SRC

    6. Project development (Research)

    7. Student preparation for the fair

    8. Fair logistics

    9. Institutional fair

    National level:

    10. Pre-registration – SRC

    11. Registration

    12. National Engineering Fair

    13. Preparation for ISEF


    National engineering fair1

    National Engineering fair

    • Guidelines:

      • Student participation requirements (students age, grade, number of team members, etc.)

      • Type of projects

      • Preregistration and registration requirements

      • Project set-up and safety regulations

      • Project presentation (requirements and recommendations)

      • Disqualification


    2009 intel educator academy reno nevada

    Science fairs in Costa Rica: growthSchool participation


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