“PIPE helped us discover abilities in boys and girls that we were previously unaware of”
On November 9, The Planetarium welcomed more than 90 children, girls, educators and parents to close the cycle of the Early Childhood Inquiry Program "PIPE", developed by Explora Región Metropolitana Norte.
The activity brought together 10 Educational Establishments and Kindergartens from various communes of the Metropolitan Region, who for five months were part of PIPE. During this period, the area of Natural Sciences was worked on, Divided into two learning modules: "Animal shelter, to the care of animals" for intermediate levels of Early Childhood Education and on the other hand, "We are little penguins" Aimed at children at the transition level.
PIPE is a science education initiative, developed by the Explora North Metropolitan Region Associative Project, Ministry of Science, Technology, Knowledge and innovation, which seeks to strengthen the scientific competencies of the pedagogical teams of Early Childhood Education, And in this way Develop in children the necessary skills to know and understand the world around them.
It was within the framework of this initiative that the "PIPE Meeting" was held in collaboration with Planetarium Chile, where boys and girls had the opportunity to communicate the work done from the PIPE Program, to their peers, parents, mothers and/or guardians present and, On the other hand, get to know the facilities of Planetarium Chile. In addition, During the day, a workshop on astrocrafts and observation of the Sun was held with 3 solar telescopes.
The event was attended by the person in charge of the Explora Program, Marisol Gómez Arancibia, who commented: "It is super important from an early age to promote scientific development. We all know that boys and girls are innately curious, The idea is to be able to guide and support that curiosity, through the PIPE program."
What do educators and technicians in Perdulary Education think of PIPE??
"The experience was super enriching, PIPE helped us discover skills in children that we previously didn't know about. PIPE didn't just teach them content, they also learned how to socialize, to work as a team and be collaborative, This not only favored us for the implementation of the initiative, but it also helped us in the development of other activities in the room", reported María Flores Vargas, educator at the Alianza School of Cerro Navia, belonging to the Barrancas Local Service.
Pamela Huechacona Hernandez, Educator of Crib Room and Kindergarten Cumbre Volcán Parinacota, belonging to the Municipal Corporation of Renca, He also commented, "It was an enriching experience, The program allowed us to theoretically support ourselves on how to ask a question and how to encourage these questions to really nourish interactions, Exploration and experimentation with resources. On the other hand, We managed to get the parents involved and at the end of the activity they moved the worked mascot and presented it together with their representative, in front of the group of children. In addition, One of our families made the decision to adopt a puppy and another to bring a turtle home, Taking a Responsibility consciousabout responsible pet ownership and especially about animal care."
On the other hand, Tiaren Ruiz Ratamales, director of the Polillitas Nursery and Kindergarten in the commune of Curacaví, "For us, it has been an innovative initiative that has brought natural sciences to the forefront of our institution, both for the team of preschool educators who participated and for the children. For the educators, it has been very significant to implement the objectives and learning in a transversal way and insert them into their curricula. On the other hand, For children, girls and their families has also been absolutely meaningful, Witnessing the charm they developed for nature has been an unforgettable experience."
What did the PIPE children say??
Raúl Herrara from the Polillitas Nursery and Kindergarten, He said he learned about the insects and their habitat, "They live in the air and others in the sea..." Through his model, Raúl explained that spiders or cockroaches can be found there.
Evan Diaz, of the Santa Rosa de Lampa School also explained that he, with his team, They investigated whether penguins could move naturally in their habitat if they encountered objects such as trash or machines. Pascal is also part of the Santa Rosa de Lampa School and said that he learned about the farm and the cows, "they even brought us ducklings one day and they were babies."
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