Education and Outreach During RELÁMPAGO

Education and Outreach During RELÁMPAGO

September 24, 2019 0 By Ronny Jaskolski


From the beginning, we really have focused
on education and outreach. We’ve been really thankful for our local
help in arranging school visits. We’ve had the ASI group out to many local
schools and bring instrumentation directly to schools where we’ve had hundreds of students. We have started working with the schools,
teaching the schools what RELÁMPAGO is, but also teaching them that they can participate
with us. And we told them that actually all of them
were scientists. They can help taking pictures of hail, taking
videos of floods. They can measure precipitation also. Our first full day here we went to Córdoba
and got to discuss the weather with a bunch of local students. I like to ask them about hail, what kind of
hail that they see fall from the sky. And, you know, they hold up their hands like,
“hail falls this big,” and to them, it’s just what happens. They use the word piedra to describe hail
and what that means is “rock.” So, they literally describe it as rock falling
from the sky. It was really exciting just to see how excited
they were to learn about science and to just share with them our passions. Getting to see the culture of this country
as well through going to the schools and meeting with the locals has been really cool. They put on a dance for us and then they had
us come out and dance also, so a folk dance. To be able to interact with everyone and to
be able to represent the entire project was really amazing. We’ve had several people stop. They are just really friendly. They’re very excited. They’re enthusiastic. The kids’ eyes light up and so I think we’re
making a pretty good in-reach there for the people here in Argentina. The students are really excited to learn about
the storms that they experience everyday and hopefully we can provide some basic understanding
and maybe even some motivation for them to pursue studies in the geosciences.