"The rural environment is a bottomless pit of projects to work on science"

“The rural environment is a bottomless pit of projects to work on science”

Bárbara De Aymerich Vadillo, Burgos educator, scholar and publisher, was awarded the “Global Teacher Award” two years ago, created to commend teachers from all over the world who stand out for their originality when it comes to teaching classrooms. De Aymerich will talk about his experiences in rural Steam education (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) at IES Alfonso II in Oviedo today (19:15) with his presentation “Science in the Grassland”.

– Are the meadows a good place to plant science?

– Since the seed is already in the soil, there is no need to plant it. Science is born everywhere, but in rural areas, in the middle of nature, among people who have the ability to see their ancestral world, want to move forward, and have almost unlimited resources to learn and do science, that’s great. Especially when he welcomes you so well. The rural environment is a repository of culture, traditions and archaeological record, landscape and peasantry, as well as a bottomless pit for finding projects to work on science. It has nutrients, people’s sun, and their flood of desires and illusions. And passion is essential for teaching science. And reveal.

– What does Espiciencia offer?

– A comprehensive science and technology school born in Espinosa de los Monteros (Burgos), where I live. And it suggests scientific literacy of people living in rural areas. Narrow down differences with those living in a city and tap into the enormous resources in rural areas to run family, community and regional projects. We seek to internationalize it, disseminate it, and open it to the ubiquitous scientific community. Have fun, learn, work together.

– How should you teach to be considered “the best teacher in the world”?

-I blushed. You will have to ask for the best! I am not a teacher, I would like to. Yes, I teach teachers. And at Espiciencia I am “the best” for my children because I put a lot of passion into this work. my love worked, science and science education. I love being in continuous education and communicating with people who know much more than me. And to share my experiences with other teachers.

–Is there a formula for students to fall in love with science?

– I love him too. And you can’t love something you don’t know, you haven’t researched. Curiosity and restlessness appear. Feeling. This way.

–Is the science/humanities dichotomy unfair?

It is not unfair, it needs to be completely eliminated. I like to think that I am raising full people, everything goes hand in hand because we are culture and everything should go together. Everything is in everything. without divisiveness. Education is a global thing.

– In matters of law and education, the best experiments with soda?

– Education should always be based on scientific evidence to make certain decisions. It must be something that people who know their job and are at the foot of the canyon value.

– Can Espiciencia be exported to other places like Asturias?

–For those who want to learn something we are not used to seeing in Spain. Common in Asia or Latin America: science clubs. They improve the quality of life of the society. No big money needed. Just a little support from the institutions but above all training and enthusiasm.

–Can science help alleviate a hollowed-out Spain?

-Of course. One of our goals is to educate children and young people not to take science and technology abroad, but to return to town and undertake life projects here. New companies are emerging, new forms of transport and energy…

– What encourages Espiciencia?

– Increase in scientific capital. It helps children grow, helps them work as a team, communicate, and creativity…

–What does the Steam methodology add to children?

– Try not to divide the sciences into two, but to create an interdisciplinarity between them. And this is how centers work in partnership with new ways of sharing work between areas.

–Art is a science and science is an art?

Art is science. From the pigments in paint, to the solidity of buildings in architecture, to the shape of sculptures… And science is art because it is creative.

–Are there many scientific professions waiting to be discovered?

-The profession is not born. We are not born scientists. I like to teach science but not in a mercantilist way. Sometimes Steam is sold as a tireless job seeker, and no, I like to teach science so it’s known and useful to the public. Then there are many people who study it and devote themselves to it? Great, but they carry that scientific capital in their backpacks and it will make them better people and citizens.

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