These are students from Claudina Urrutia High School in grades 4 and 8, who represented Chile under the guidance of their biology and chemistry teacher, Freddy Segura, at the largest science fair in the world, ISEF in Dallas, USA. The students submitted out of 2,800 projects, placing 20th out of 90 countries and the only one from Chile.
Regional Governor, Cristina Bravo, noted that “we want to highlight a very interesting project for the region, proposed by the educational founder, Claudina Urrutia, to be able to show a little more about everything that our girls and boys do at the Lyceum, that they not only represent the municipality of Caoquines.” , but they also represent the Maule area, and we want to enhance what we are doing with the different high schools in the Maule area.
In addition, they represented Maule at the ESI milset Puebla México and at the 39th Young Researchers Meeting in Salamanca, Spain, where they were able to win an international publication, which is unprecedented and unique for the Maule region. These trips were made possible thanks to the funding and management of the Muli Regional Government.
“The experience is unprecedented, and I think we should be one of the only public schools to have this trinity so to speak in one year. I've been at it for a long time,” said Freddy Segura, a teacher at Liceo Claudina Urrutia de Cauquenes. I haven't seen school research in a long time, so this really sets a precedent. And the impact that it makes on students and especially in Maule, which is an overlooked and often lost area of the country and especially in the world, it really makes an impact, because we are a public school.
Two investigators worked with microbiology and rescued algae that is endemic to the Moline coast and has antibacterial properties. The second project concerns the antibacterial properties of plants and trees such as ruel and maqui that are characteristic of the region and which rescue the biotechnological properties of mouli.
“I want to deeply appreciate this support and this sensitivity on the part of the regional governor, who, as a professional as well, can understand the huge educational gap that exists between the institutions we are in,” said Cauquenes City Mayor Nery Rodriguez. In the province, in small municipalities, when we students arrive at university. Supporting these types of projects, and supporting women in science allows this gap to be greatly reduced, so thank you very much on behalf of the entire community, especially women in science.
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