About 100 primary students from Patricio Lynch School of Valparaíso could live the MACI (Itinerant Scientific Audiovisual Show) experience, an initiative promoted by IMO to bring Marine Science concepts to children. Further, through previous training, new monitors who were in charge of replicating the activity were formed.
Marcela Cornejo, IMO Junior Researcher and professor at the School of Marine Sciences of Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso, was part of the staff that replied MACI in Valparaiso and she expressed her satisfaction with the activity: "Bringing sea concepts to students is of great importance for our country. Although we have more than 4000 km of coast, our education is not geared to see properly and comprehensively the treasure we have in the ocean and how it regulates the planet's climate. As scientists, we have the responsibility of changing this and to communicate to society what we do and its importance ".
To replicate this activity in other regions is important, because more children will be able to receive knowledge about marine science. Tamara Luna, from IMO’s outreach team said that "a large number of monitors from different career and levels was convened. Scientists were very pleased with the proposal of this activity that seemed very interesting. The evaluation of teachers and the team was excellent, they were very participatory in every detail. The monitors will be increasing gradually their communicational skills needed to work with primary students. "
Trained monitors are undergraduate students of Oceanography (PUCV), and Magister students, and IMO Postdoc Pierre-Amaël Auger. Finally, we will intend to make more versions of this activity during the year.
In order to celebrate the Month of the Sea, educating in an entertaining and dynamic way students, two talks were performed on 12 May in Escuela Cruz del Sur and Liceo Talcahuano A-21.
On Thursday 19 May, they workshops linked to the Marine Sciences and organized by COPAS Sur Austral and the Millennium Institute of Oceanography were made.
In the context of 4th International Symposium on the Ocean in High CO2 World developed in Australia, between 4 and 6 May, the researcher Víctor Aguilera IMO presented the results of Fondecyt 11130495.