Mexico´s National Polytechnic Institute brings science closer to Mexican children
From：Taiwan Trade Center Mexico
Scientists from the National Polytechnic Institute (IPN) are developing content, materials and strategies to bring science concepts closer to children, especially in physics.
In a statement, the IPN indicated that the above is an academic contribution to the incorporation of science in early childhood, in which current requirement, at preschool level, is 13% equivalent to 83 hours per year.
It stressed that the project “Evaluation of the different formative fields in the preschool level before the development of skills and attitudes for science standards” is part of the Sectorial Fund for Research for the Evaluation of Education of the National Council of Science and Technology (Conacyt for its acronym in Spanish) and the National Institute for Educational Evaluation (INEE)
Led by Dr. Mario Humberto Ramírez Díaz, an expert from the Center for Research in Applied Science and Advanced Technology (CIDATA), the project is a playful and experiential way of teaching topics such as: density changes magnetism, states of matter, electrical circuits, refraction of the light, thermodynamics and even the theory of relativity.
Through postgraduate courses of Master and Doctorate in Educational Physics, academics contribute to the training of preschool teachers in the field of sciences, to help them acquire the theoretical-practical methodological tools to replicate the knowledge in children.
So far, 30 teachers have been part of the project and more workshops are planned in January, at the CIDATA.