A group of 40 teenagers met at the Nuevo Pudahuel Airport in Santiago de Chile on to attend a science camp they arrived after competing with more than 500 applicants.
The Scientific Camp
Bayer Kimlu is a proposal that seeks to innovate in the way of teaching science in educational institutions, so that young people can live the discipline from practice. It is carried out by the Bayer company.
It is the seventh year and the second in the Huilo Huilo Reserve, an immense forest surrounded by mountains, lakes and volcanoes. In the beginning it was done in the courtyard of a school and it was financed with the support of families, interested people and a small state subsidy.
With the project on the way, Contreras presented his proposal to a call from Bayer for empowered young people related to environmental issues. He was selected as the best in Chile and traveled to Germany to compete for the world position. He did not win but he opened the doors to make the camp grow. At the same time, the fact that they started doing a reservation was beneficial for the participants, since they turned nature into a laboratory, according to Camila Reid, manager of Corporate Communications at Bayer.
If today we do not encourage the scientists of tomorrow, maybe there are not going to be people who investigate, you can start by looking for cheap ocean front houses for sell and explore the zone.
The adolescents – who are between 13 and 18 years of age – attend the camp at no cost. In the selection process, they must answer some questions, such as: “where would you place science if you were president?” They must also send a one minute presentation video and have the reference of two teachers.
After going through the camp, the adolescents become part of the Kimlu Network, which is made up of around 300 young people who participated in the proposal in previous years. This is beneficial to exchange or clear scientific doubts in the future.
We want them to become young leaders in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, we open doors for them, we give them opportunities and they take them and they become empowered.
“I spent a full year studying how to attack Darwin,” says one 17-year-old teenager to another, as they eat seeds sitting on the Path of the Spirits. One of the activities carried out by the teenagers is a trekking (hike) of almost three hours through which they cross the Leone Falls and the Path of the Spirits.
In addition to admiring the incredible landscape that accompanies – trails, roads and Mapuches in wood. and to hear about the mythology of the area, participants should take their tests for the first slogan. In groups of five and guided by a monitor-a science student or scientist who attends voluntarily-they take soil samples to test a hypothesis that was given to each team in advance.
Every day they face different challenges without following a schedule. More about the end of the camp they conduct their own investigation.
The teams are divided by common interests and their monitors are specialists in the subject. They also have two support monitors and an educator that guides the activities, in addition to the Guzmán manager.
They lodge in cabins in the middle of the forest, which are divided by genre into groups of between four and eight people. They have a wooden lounge with tables for homework and a dining room.
For young people it is a pleasure to meet people of their age with whom they also share tastes. They consider it a unique opportunity to be able to put into practice what they are passionate about. “Your vocation is born. Because being on the ground you learn reality, “, the young woman who tried to” attack Darwin.