Científicos al Servicio facilitates the participation of STEM professionals (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) through presentations in Puerto Rico schools. The program seeks to meet the following objectives:
Provide students with examples to follow through visits of STEM professionals to schools
Inform about the scientific work carried out by STEM professionals
Motivate students for scientific issues and/or pursue careers in STEM
Provide an expert resource for Puerto Rico science teachers
Provide a communication space for STEM professionals with an interest in impacting students in Puerto Rico
CienciaPR, in partnership with Yale University, is carrying out a project funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF). The project titled "Evaluation of disaster-related science lesson plans to promote learning continuity after Hurricane Maria", has two main phases:
A. Training teachers and middle school principals to implement PBL science lessons relevant to Puerto Rican culture and related to challenges after the hurricane (drinking water and terrestrial ecosystems)
B. Research a sample of trained schools, with the objective of:
(1) Studying the feasibility to implement science lessons that integrate project-based learning (PBL), after a natural disaster, such as a hurricane.
(2) Studying the impact on participating students on their attitudes towards science and their role in the search for solutions.