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Costa Rica Celebrates the First Scientific Environmentalism Festival

The Omar Dengo Foundation, coordinating institution for the GLOBE Program in Costa Rica, organized the first Scientific Environmentalism Festival From 9-10 November 2011 at its facilities in San Jose. This event was held to allow students the opportunity to present the results of various scientific projects they participated in through the Innov@ Institute of the Omar Dengo Foundation in 2011. GLOBE projects were built on field research investigation and all hold a common theme of uncovering environmental problems related to hydrology in local communities. This common theme gave participants the opportunity to interact with other students, teachers, and scientists in Costa Rica. This is achieved through the development of GLOBE Hydrology protocols, Watershed Dynamics Project materials, and the application of biological monitoring methods. This work receives the support of national scientists in Costa Rica.

Interactive workshops during the festival included "Biomonitoring of Aquatic Macroinvertebrates," presented by Jenny Bermudez and Fresia Villalobos from Aquabiolab Institution; and "Tropical Ecology," presented by Gerardo Avalos from the Biology Department at the University of Costa Rica. Other presenters included specialists Efraín López from the Omar Dengo Foundation and Pia Paaby. The event was attended by GLOBE Country Coordinator Mr. Roberto Quiros; Ana Lourdes Acuña, Logical Learning Area Coordinator, Science and Robotics; Ana Viria Hernandez, Coordinator of Special Projects, PRONIE; 10 educational computer consultants, 37 teachers and 34 students. Participants represented the following GLOBE schools:



Colegio Gregorio José Ramírez


Liceo de La Rita


Liceo de Paraíso


Instituto de Guanacaste


Liceo de San Rafael


Liceo Alfaro Ruiz


Colegio Ingeniero Alejandro Quesada


Colegio Técnico Profesional de Puerto Jiménez


Liceo de Tarrazú

San José


Taking a photo.

Two students from each institution had the opportunity to present their research to the public. Many projects focused on the use of aquatic macroinvertebrates to monitor rivers and streams in their communities. The Liceo de Paraíso and the school Gregorio José Ramírez School had the top scoring exhibits and students from these institutions each received a scholarship to participate in the First Latin American Congress on Aquatic Macroinvertebrates, which was held from 6-11 February 2012 at the University of Costa Rica. The criteria taken into account to provide scholarships to GLOBE schools were 1) consideration of all steps of the scientific method, 2) the use of technology resources, 3) efficient use of time during the investigation and 3) presentation of information.

a presentation

Because GLOBE is developed jointly by the Omar Dengo Foundation and the Ministry of Education, the participation of the schools' representatives was entirely covered by GLOBE Costa Rica, which ensured the monitoring of student research in 2012 to refine methodologies and seek to resolve unanswered questions. This was a great opportunity for GLOBE students to share their research in a scientific environment. Sharing their experiences ensured adequate feedback for local research projects and the establishment of partnerships between GLOBE schools in Costa Rica for future research. "We hope that these experiences will help students prepare to share their research with the GLOBE community during the next GLOBE Learning Expedition" said Mr. Quiros. This was a wonderful experience for Costa Rica that will hopefully extend to other GLOBE countries in Latin America, the Caribbean, and the world.

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