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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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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 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
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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

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Science fairs in Costa Rica: calendar

  • The National Program of Science and Technology Fairs is part of the National School Calendar
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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
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Science fairs in Costa Rica: growth

School participation

Feeder Fairs

Funds

Media

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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/

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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
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