Who we are
How we got started…
When making the decision to implement a scientific outreach program, the first question was: What name should we give it? Discussing it together, with jokes and enthusiasm, we came up with “Ciencia al Tiro” which is a Chilean saying meaing “right now” or “immediately”. Why “Science Immediately”? Because we wanted to convey a feeling of urgency: the public education system in Chile is broken, we can’t wait… We need to do something now!
But in which school should we develop the program? The public school “Republic of Arabe Syria”, located in the Montedónico sector of Valparaíso, is a school that in 2007 had some of the poorest results of all Chilean schools in the national exam measuring effectiveness of the education (SIMCE). This school is only 15 minutes from our university! That is how we decided to contact this school. The objective of the first stage, developed in 2008 and implemented in 2009, was to improve science education and develop a connection between this school and the scientists of the University of Valparaíso.