More Chemistry – Better Life ACS Festival
Notice: Location, date, and format of the Festival are subject to the evolution of the public health regulations set forth by the Ministry of Health of Costa Rica. If necessary, the Festival will be posponed or moved to a virtual space.
The Festival is a space to stir interest in science, particularly in chemistry. It strives to promote a balanced, educated perception of science and chemistry, and to improve the image of scientists in the population.
We will hold this year’s ACS Festival on National Chemistry Week (October, 18-24, 2020). We are forging alliances with strategic leaders in Science Education programs and community leaders in local governments (municipalities) near the University of Costa Rica. These urban municipalities are home to communities of a wide range of socio-economic backgrounds. The Festival will use science as a social binding element.
Our project draws from the knowledge and experience gained at the ACS Festival Training Institute (Peru, 2019) and the very successful first Chemistry Festival in Costa Rica (February 2020).
More Chemistry – Better Life will offer first-hand experiences to awake and reinforce science interest in students ages 10 to 16. Guardian support increases chances for youngsters to opt for STEM studies. Our approach is dual to also reach parents, grandparents, and other guardians. Motivating students may not suffice. Improving adult scientific literacy may provide a stronger support net at home for science-inclined children.
The Festival is funded with a generous grant from the American Chemical Society. It is organized by ACS members in collaboration with chemistry and Science Ed majors at the University of Costa Rica , UCR, and members of the ACS International Student Chapters at the UCR and Tecnológico de Costa Rica, TEC.
ACS-Costa Rica Chemistry Festival, Cartago, Costa Rica, February 14th-15th, 2020.
This event was co-organized with the School of Chemistry of the Technological Institute of Costa Rica, TEC, and the ACS-TEC International Student Chapter.
ACS International Chemistry Festival program supported this event through a grant. More information on the Festival here.
47th IUPAC World Chemistry Congress, Paris, France, July 5th-12th, 2019.
(1) Talk: “Use of in-class, interactive strategies to promote attention, interest, and generation of explanations in large enrolment general chemistry”.
(2) Poster: “Cross-institutional study of the conceptualisation of Lewis structures by college chemistry students”. Presenter: Dr. Patricia Muisener (Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken, New Jersey, USA). This study is in collaboration with Dr. Muisener and Dr. Angy L. Ortiz (Lee College, Texas, USA.)
2019 International Business Pedagogy Workshops, Center for International Business Education and Research, Georgia State University, Georgia, USA, May 30th-June 2nd, 2019.
Poster: “Local Dimension of a Global Initiative: Effect of X-Culture Participation on Students at Small Liberal Arts Colleges”. Presenter: Dr. Dina Frutos Bencze, Saint Anselm College, Manchester, New Hampshire, USA. This project is a multidisciplinary collaboration that stems from my interest in global education and platforms to facilitate multinational, multicultural learning experiences.
257th ACS Spring National Meeting, Orlando, FL, USA, March 31st-4th, 2019.
(1) Symposium organizer and presenter: Research on Learning in the Laboratory. (2) Adviser to the ACS International Student Chapter (traveling with 10 members). (3) Spring meeting of the ACS Committee on Practical Training.
The Webinar Series from the RSC Chemical Education Research Group, 24th October, 2018. “Phenomenological characterization of learning in the college chemistry laboratory.”
15th European Conference on Chemistry Education Research, University of Warsaw, Warsaw, Poland, September 2nd-6th, 2018. “Principles of semiotics applied to the analysis of use and interpretation of Lewis structures by chemistry majors.”
25th Biennial Conference on Chemical Education, University of NotreDame, South Bend, IN, USA, July 29th-August 2nd, 2018. (1) “Learning in the Chemistry Laboratory: What we have learnt through phenomenological studies.”, (2) Undergraduate oral presentation, Giovanni Loría-Cambronero, “Characterization of use and conceptualization of Lewis Structures by chemistry majors and experts”; (3) Undergraduate poster presentation, Dayanna Jinesta-Chavez, “Principles of semiotics applied to the analysis of use and interpretation of Lewis structures by chemistry majors”; (4) faculty collaborator oral presentation, “Interactive activities to promote attention, interest, and explanations in large enrollment General Chemistry classes”.
255th ACS Spring National Meeting, New Orleans, LA, USA, March 18th-22nd, 2018. Symposium organizer and presenter: Research on Learning in the Laboratory.
IV Latin American Congress on Research in Didactics of Experimental Sciences, San Jose, Costa Rica, January 24-26, 2018. Undergraduate posters: (1) Characterization of use and conceptualization of Lewis Structures by chemistry majors and experts, Dayanna Jinesta & Giovanni Loría, (2) Integration of Green Chemistry in the first year chemistry laboratory program, Allan Silva, (3) Qualitative analysis of students perceptions on the use of interactive strategies in large enrollment General Chemistry.
VIII International Chemistry Education Meeting, Buenos Aires, Argentina, October 24-27, 2017. Use of interactive strategies in large enrollment General Chemistry to promote attention, interest, and self-explaining.
IUPAC World Chemistry Congress, São Paulo, Brazil, July 11th, 2017. Keynote talk: Learning in the tertiary level chemistry laboratory: What we have learnt from phenomenological research.