Innovations in education
TV mini series spotlights Chilean science research
What started as a show for school children that focused on science research at Universidad de Chile will now be broadcast on CNN Chile three times a week.
Thursday, October 18, 2012
Photo: Marco Antonio Vargas
Encouraging a passion for science and math - especially in young people - can be an uphill battle. But CNN Chile and researchers at Universidad de Chile’s Faculty of Science are hoping to make that challenge a little easier. Thanks to an agreement between the University of Chile, CNN Chile, and Santillana, the mini series Ciencia para Todos (Science for Everyone) about the university’s research is now airing three times a week on CNN Chile.
The program is a 36 episode video series that spotlights the ongoing research of scientists at Chile’s most prestigious public university. Each two-minute episode aims to share the work of one member of Universidad de Chile’s scientific community in easily understandable language. According to the Dean of Universidad de Chile’s Faculty of Science Dr. Víctor Cifuentes Guzman, one of the motivations for the new broadcast is to help people of all ages in Chile understand the work of the world-class research being done in the country.
The program was originally created by the Universidad de Chile’s Faculty of Science as a tool for science and math teachers. In May, the program began airing on Chilean station UCVTV, and was also made available to Chilean schools on DVD. Now a new season of the show is airing on CNN Chile, whose signal can be seen from Chile’s northernmost city, Arica, to Punta Arenas in the far South. The videos began airing October 9, and now broadcast Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 6:45 a.m., 4:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m.
This new season began with episodes featuring three outstanding researchers and professors from the Faculty of Science: Dr. Verónica Palma Alvarado of the Laboratory of Stem Cell and Developmental Biology, Dr. Jennifer Gorman Alcaíno of the Biotechnology Center, and Dr. Julieta Orlando of the Microbial Ecology Laboratory. Each scientist discussed their current research in a two minute segment.
"We hope these video capsules arouse curiosity, especially in children. Who knows if a future scientist will come out of it," said Rolando Santos, General Manager of CNN Chile.
You can view first season of the show (in Spanish) online here.