Exploradores del microcosmos CDMX (ESP & ENG)

Microcosm Explorers CDMX (Mexico City)

En el marco de mi servicio social, estoy ofreciendo un taller a diversos grupos de niños, niñas y jóvenes en la Ciudad de México. El taller se titula “Exploradores del Microcosmos”. Yo soy estudiante de la carrera de biología en la Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana, Unidad Xochimilco.

As part of my social service, I’m offering a workshop to several groups of children and youngsters all over Mexico City. The workshop is called “Microcosm Explorers”. I’m a biology undergraduate student at the Metropolitan Autonomous University, Xochimilco Unit.

Uno de los grupos que tomó el taller la semana pasada. One of the groups that took the workshop last week.

Nos toma aproximadamente una hora completar el armado de los foldscopes. A ese tiempo se le suma lo que nos tardamos en cubrir un poco de teoría básica al principio, y practicar el uso del foldscope (meter las muestras, enfocar, mover el lente…), lleva a unas dos horas en total para la primera sesión del taller.

It takes us around an hour to complete the foldscope set-up. To that, we add the time it takes for us to cover a little bit of basic theory at the begining and to practice the use of the foldscope (placing samples, focusing, moving the lens…), so it takes us around 2 hours to complete the first workshop session.

Todos y todas vamos armando el foldscope al mismo tiempo. We all work on setting up a foldscope at the same time.

Diversidad y adversidad en la CDMX

La intención de mi servicio social es ofrecer los talleres a grupos de personas que de otra manera no tendrían acceso a herramientas de este tipo. Los lugares en los que planeo dar el taller incluyen un bachillerato técnico, un grupo de niños y niñas indígenas otomíes desplazados por el sismo del 2018, un proyecto educativo no tradicional, un centro educativo para personas con dificultad de aprendizaje, de conducta, con bajo aprovechamiento escolar o inmadurez social. Quiero conseguir más foldscopes porque me encantaría ofrecer el taller en otros lugares como centros comunitarios o con grupos de jóvenes interesados en la ciencia pero sin los recursos necesarios para seguir construyendo su conocimiento.

The goal of my social service is to offer the workshops to groups of people that would otherwise not have access to scientific tools like this one. The places I plan on giving the workshop at include a technical highschool, a group of indigenous “otomi” kids that lost their home in the 2018 earthquake, a non-traditional education proyect and an education centre for people with learning or conduct difficulties, with low “learning achievement” or social inmaturity. I intend on getting my hands on more foldscopes because I would love to offer the workshop in other places like community centres or with groups of youngsters who are interested in science but lack the necessary resources to continue building their knowledge.

El proceso de armado de nuestros foldscopes… The process of putting together our foldscopes…

Estaré publicando más sobre los talleres y el proceso, así como sobre nuestros hallazgos de exploradores del microcosmos. ¡No te lo pierdas! Gracias por leerme.

I will be posting more about the workshops and the process, as well as about our findings as microcosm explorers. ¡Don’t miss it! Thanks for reading.

3 Comments Add yours

  1. Manu Prakash says:

    Welcome to The Foldscope community @samLopez. What you are doing for the kids in Mexico City is commendable – we need mentors like you to bring the kids into the fold of science. I am so proud of you taking the initiative. If all of us took a little time and dedicated it to the kids – the world would be a different place.

    Congrats – can not wait to see your explorations. Please do not hesitate to ask anything, technical questions, how tos etc etc.

    Cheers
    Manu

    1. SamLopez says:

      Thank you, Manu!
      Observation posts coming soon 🙂 I’m alreadygetting amazing ideas from other members in the community!

      Thanks again,
      Sam

  2. Manu Prakash says:

    Fantastic. This is really an amazing and supportive community / you will find thousands just like you, working on grassroots problems with people.

    I am so happy to have you join us here.

    Cheers
    Manu

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