What is in the project that students seem to enjoy more?
Our students like to visit the science lab in San Juan and they share what they learn with STEM professionals, biologists, microbiologists and entomologists and chemists. They presented their problem-based-learning project, Mosquitoes as Disease Vectors to the staff of the Vector Control Unit, and had an opportunity to visit with technicians working in the facility and see the insectarium. Exposing students to STEM careers with science professionals promotes their natural desire to investigate and learn about the world around them. They really enjoy these activities.
We are in a sustainability conference. Can you talk about the role of this project with respect to environmental justice and sustainability?
We need to prepare our students to be global citizens and since they must develop science-related skills, attitudes and knowledge to create a more sustainable society. We need to understand that we are interconnected, and this problem is not just a local problem, it is a global problem. It’s time to take action.
Professor Lozada is a teacher for the Second Unit Adolfo García in Naranjito, Puerto Rico. She has a BA in Education at the Preschool and Elementary level, and a master’s degree in Education with a specialty in Child Development, Mathematics and STEM, from the University of Puerto Rico. She is recognized as an Innovative Teacher (2016-current) and also is part of the Google Earth community in Latin America. Glenda is a teacher ambassador with the National Center for Science Education at Clemson University, and was a member of the Global Education Allies team in Finland and the Baltic countries.