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https://doi.org/10.5194/gc-2019-7
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https://doi.org/10.5194/gc-2019-7
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Submitted as: research article 03 Jul 2019

Submitted as: research article | 03 Jul 2019

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An innovative STEM outreach model to foster the next generation of geoscientists, engineers and technologists (OH-Kids)

Adrián Pedrozo-Acuña1,2, Roberto J. Favero Junior1,2, Alejandra Amaro-Loza1, Roberta K. Kurek Mocva1, Juan A. Sánchez-Peralta1,2, Jorge A. Magos-Hernández1,2, and Jorge Blanco-Figueroa1 Adrián Pedrozo-Acuña et al.
  • 1Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Instituto de Ingeniería, Av. Universidad 3000, Coyoacán, 04510, Mexico City, Mexico
  • 2Mexican Institute of Water Technology (IMTA), Paseo Cuauhnáhuac 8532, Col. Progreso Jiutepec, Morelos, Mexico

Abstract. Childhood education aiming at incorporating topics related to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) have gained recognition as key levers in the progress of education for all students. Inspiring young people to take part in the discovery and delivery of science is of paramount importance not only for their well-being but also for the future human development. To address this an outreach model entitled OH-Kids, was designed to empower educators and pupils through the development of high-quality STEM learning experiences based on a research project. The model is an opportunity for primary school learners to meet geoscientists at the same time as they receive the take-home message that anyone can get involved in scientific activities. The effort is part of a research project aimed at the real-time monitoring of precipitation in Mexico City, which is a smart solution to rainfall monitoring using information and communications technologies. The argument behind this effort, is that in order to produce the next generation of problem-solvers, education should ensure that learners develop an appreciation and working familiarity with a real world project. Results show success at introducing the role of the researchers and STEM topics to 6–12 year olds learners.

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Inspiring young people to take part in the discovery and delivery of science is of paramount importance not only for their well-being but also for their future human development. To address this need, an outreach model entitled OH-Kids was designed to empower educators and pupils through the development of high-quality STEM learning experiences based on a research project. The model enhances students attitude towards science.
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