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CienciaPR partners with astronomy organizations to train educators in Puerto Rico

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Ciencia Puerto Rico (CienciaPR), in collaboration with the Network for Astronomy School Education (NASE), the Puerto Rico Astronomy Society, and Dr. Wanda Díaz Merced of the International Astronomical Union (IAU), held a series of workshops from February 15-18, 2019. The purpose of these free courses was to train educators to promote the teaching and active learning of astronomy in schools, through models and observation of phenomena. The courses were held at the Metropolitan University in Bayamón, and were led by Dr. Beatriz García, vice president of NASE and Ángela Pérez. Thirty-two (32) Puerto Rican educators participated, in turn, they are expected to impact around 1000 students.

Scientists from Puerto Rico Participate in Prestigious Leadership Training to Increase STEM Leaders of Color

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This week, a new generation of underrepresented minority STEM leaders are being trained to serve, strengthen, and unify communities at the local and national level. They are learning tools to lead institutional transformation and help build a critical mass of STEM professionals and leaders from underrepresented communities. Ciencia Puerto Rico is represented.

Ciencia Puerto Rico congratulates Drs. Aixa Aleman-Díaz, Rosa Leon-Zayas, Elizabeth Padilla-Crespo, from Puerto Rico, and other outstanding scientific leaders who are participating in the 2018 Linton-Poodry SACNAS led by Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics & Native Americans in Science (SACNAS), developed in partnership with the American Association for Advancement of Science (AAAS).

Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico at Ponce Youth Leader Selected to Serve as Local Water Challenge Ambassador by Philippe Cousteau, Jr’s EarthEcho International

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EarthEcho International, a leading nonprofit organization dedicated to equipping youth with resources to act now for a sustainable future, has selected Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico student Nashalie Irizarry as one of 20 young environmental leaders from across the United States who will help tackle the global water crisis starting in their local communities. As part of the inaugural EarthEcho Water Challenge Ambassadors initiative, Nashalie Irizarry will increase knowledge of local water resources throughout  the Municipality of Ponce by monitoring local water quality and engaging their peers in water quality monitoring and conservation events.

 

Science communication through social media

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As part of the 10th-anniversary celebration of Ciencia Puerto Rico, we have been collecting stories from our volunteers to celebrate them and the work they do while also sharing with you the team's vision for CienciaPR’s future.  We want to remind you that the crowdfunding campaign #ConCienciaPR is still active! If you haven’t had the chance yet, please help us continue with our science education and promotion initiatives.  Please visit bit.ly/ConCienciaPR to make your donation. Thanks!

Today, we share the story of Elvin Estrada of Peñuelas, who has been a volunteer for CienciaPR for almost 3 years.

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