ACTIVITIES

Teacher training events


The teacher training events take into account the interests of teachers and was held in June of 2017. This time the teacher training workshops focused on the most current educational trends and institutional requirements emphasizing STEM, innovation, and technology.

UVG Experience

UVG opened its doors to the community during the "UVG Experience", an event carried out in the Central Campus academic environment using technology to showcase the academic offerings and opportunities offered by the UVG.

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6th UVG Education Congress

Approximately 50 teachers participated in a demonstrative conference surrounding the STEAM truck pedagogical concept and methodology at the UVG Central campus.

STEAM Truck visits and lessons


The STEAM Truck is fully operational and has visited several schools! A total of 8 schools have participated in STEAM truck activities involving approximately 160 students to date.

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STEAM Truck Official Launch


The STEAM Truck launch event was held this quarter hosting several UVG authorities and members of the Guatemalan National press. The Outreach Department gave a brief conference about the pedagogical core-values and objectives of the project.

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FIRST® LEGO® League


UVG organized the first, internationally recognized, "FIRST® LEGO® League" competition in Guatemala. 12 teams participated and competed in the categories of scientific project, robotic game and core values.

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STEAM Truck Exhibition on EXPERIENCIA DEL VALLE

The STEAM Truck was exhibited at Experiencia DEL VALLE activity. The public had the chance to see the truck and learn more about the project.

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Scientific Workshops on Valley of Angels Orphanage

In collaboration with University of Cincinnati, UVG organized various scientific workshops for the students of Valle of Angels Orphanage (80 male and female students 9 to 11 years old). The workshops covered scientific physical phenomena like optics, sound, color, etc. through simple and funny experiments. The experience ended with a demonstration of the STEAM Truck.

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Girls in ICT International Day


UVG participated in Girls in ICT International Celebration Day. Thirty female middle school students from the Esperanza Juvenil Foundation participated in a videoconference and in and Arduino Workshop. They also had the chance to visit the STEAM Truck. UVG participated in Girls in ICT International Celebration Day. Thirty female middle school students from the Esperanza Juvenil Foundation participated in a videoconference and in and Arduino Workshop. They also had the chance to visit the STEAM Truck.

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STEAM TRUCK first lesson

Approximatley 25 young people from various Central American "American" High Schools visited the University to participate in a talk about the University's history and to learn about different UVG laboratories. They visited the Mechatronics lab, Archeology lab, Insectarium and STEAM Truck. During the visit students had the opportunity to participate in workshops to learn about the basic principles of each scientific discipline. The youngsters talked with local UVG experts and discussed innovative projects and professions.

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AASCA Science and Engineering Fair


Approximatley 25 young people from various Central American "American" High Schools visited the University to participate in a talk about the University's history and to learn about different UVG laboratories. They visited the Mechatronics lab, Archeology lab, Insectarium and STEAM Truck. During the visit students had the opportunity to participate in workshops to learn about the basic principles of each scientific discipline. The youngsters talked with local UVG experts and discussed innovative projects and professions.

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FIRST LEGO League Informative Session

Coaches of the twelve FIRST LEGO League teams that will participate in UVG on May 21 came to the University to receive training on how to develop their research project and how to organize their teams for the competition. They also learned the basics of robotics competition. FIRST LEGO League is the largest educational robotics competition in the world, has a STEM approach and May 21 will be the first time to be held in Guatemala.

Potencia-T Woman 2017


UVG participated in the International Women's Day with a filmphore projected in the Cinépolis Cayalá theater.

At the event, we screened the acclaimed film "Hidden Figures" (2016) about three African American women whose work was key to the progress of the US space program in the 1960s. We also held a forum with six leading professionals from different backgrounds who shared their experiences as talents in the areas of science, technology and innovation. The professionals who participated were Dr. Mónica Stein (Doctor in Biological Science and Dean of the Research Institute of the Universidad del Valle de Guatemala); The M.C. Leonora María De Lemos Medina (Mechanical Engineer, Director of the Office of International Affairs and External Cooperation of the University of Costa Rica); the MA. Nancy Anely Zurita Villagrán (Graduate in Mathematics and Director of the Department of Mathematics of the Universidad del Valle de Guatemala); the MA. Romelia Mó Isém (Licentiate in Linguistics, Educational Researcher at DIGEDUCA); The M.C. Marie André Destarac (Electronic Engineer, doctorate in robotics at the Polytechnic University of Madrid, Spain) and M.A. Ana Vides Porras (Licentiate in Psychology, doctorate in anthropology at the University of Wyoming, USA).Over 250 young women from the Fourth High School of two important educational centers (Colegio Sagrado Corazón de Jesús and the Liceo Secretarial Bilingüe) attended the even

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Math Night CAG


The Department of Mathmateics and Students from the department of Primary School Education participated in "Math Night." Professors from the Department of Mathematics showed enthusiastic participation, elaborating wall-sudokus made of figures instead of numbers. School students who visited the Sudokus worked hard to solve problems.

UVG students from the" Mathematics Teaching and Learning Strategies" course put visitors to think with different mathematical games (moving parts that had to be ordered in different ways to arrive at certain quantities). There were also counting exercises with paddles and challenges with fractions.

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Discovery Night CAG


The Office of Academic Outreach and Entrepreneurship supported activities using Strawbees, creating marshmallow tower (marshmallows and spaghetti as building elements) and using Squishy Circuits (conductive masses and electricity insulation) which allow children to manipulate, experiment, construct and create as they develop diverse skills such as creativity, problem-solving strategies, as well as principles in basic scientific.

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HAAS HTEC (HAAS TECHNICAL EDUCATION CENTER) Launching event


On October 19, 2016, UVG Mechanical Workshop was recognized by HAAS representatives in Central America, as a HAAS Technical Education Center (HTEC). HAAS is the name of a company that manufactures mechanical engineering equipment. This HTEC center, is the first in Guatemala, and only the second in Central America.

A launching event was held, with participation of HAAS representatives, students and professors of UVG. This was posible due to the fact that the two peices of equipment, aqcuired with the support of ASHA, are manufactured by HAAS.

Final activity: work enviornment analysis

ASHA donated equipment was used in the Industrial Methods and Processes courses, where second-year industrial engineering students learn to use the Work environment measurement equipment (luxometer and deciberlmeter), the laser rangefiner 80 M and tripod equipment, the thermal stress meter, and the ergonomic test kit. In the third quarter students were required to go to a company and study the work environment (lighting, noise, temperature, ergonomics). As a final part of their project they leave a a report with suggestions that the company may consider for improving work enviornment.

In this picture, students visited a pharmacy and are shown taking respective measures with the luxometer and decibelimeter.

UVG Field Trip Interamerican School

The InterAmerican school visitied the UVG campus to participate in the adventure of science and technology! Students passed through 5 different stations: Chemical engineering, Engineering in food science, Electronical Engineering, Chemsitry and Biology.

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POTENCIA-T Teachers

As part of the scholarship program at UVG, our outreach team carried out an educational conference in techniology for highschool teachers. The conference focused on how to incorporate technology into classroom activities. There were also two additional workshops, one on neuroscience, and another on Process Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning (POGIL).

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World Space Week

World space week was carried out from October 4th to October 10th in 2016 and is the worlds biggest event to discuss space exploration. This year, UVG announced its participation in space by launching the cube-sat Since 2013 students have been working on developing a cube-sat type sattelite to send to outerspace. Durring space week, UVG announced the official program to launch the sattelite in 2018

This will be the first sattelite sent to outerspace by Guatemala. This is one of the many activities that UVG has undertaken as a the only STEM center in Guatemala. In addition to a press conference, students from highschools participated in workshops surrounding the development of model sattelites (made of paper).

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FIRST® LEGO® League Expo

The Department of Mechatronic Engineering facilitated the Universidad del Valle de Guatemala’s incorporation into the FIRST LEGO League (FLL) as an Operational Partner. This license grants UVG the right to hold official FLL robotics qualifying competitions in Guatemala, the winner of which will participate in the finals held every year in the United States. UVG held the Expo First Lego League on Saturday, October 1, 2016. UVG’s Outreach and Entrepreneurship Center (OEC) organized the event with the support of the Departments of Electronics and Mechatronics Engineering.

The Expo First Lego League UVG consisted of a Lego robotics competition for children from many schools in Guatemala City, ranging from elementary to high school and the FLL-UVG winner will be announced in June, 2017. In addition to the robotics competition, the student branch of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers participated in the event d showing very simple robotics challenges to the audience present. Photos:

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First Lego League event

Universidad del Valle de Guatemala -UVG- has recently obtained the license for becoming an international First Lego League -FLL- partner, which grants UVG the right to hold official FLL robotics competitions in Guatemala as qualifiers for the finals held every year in the United States of America. UVG held the Expo First Lego League on Saturday, October 1st at the Wilson Gymnasium of the American School of Guatemala. The event was organized by UVG's Outreach and Entreprenuership Center with the support of the Department of Electronics and Mechatronics Engineering. The Expo First Lego League UVG consisted of a lego robotics competition for kids from many schools in Guatemala City, ranging from elementary school to high school and the announcement of the FLL - UVG to be held in March 2017. In addition to the robotics competition, the student branch of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers participated in the event with very simple robotics challenges for the general audience.

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The fourth, in a series of STEM teacher training events

The fourth teacher-training event once again ventured beyond the UVG Central Campus, implementing STEM continuing education (CE) events in the Highlands and South Coast Campuses. Previous STEM training events carried out in the outlying campuses in 2016 focused on unpacking and installing equipment. In September, the CE events aimed to design curriculum for laboratory courses in the Highlands and South Coast Campuses using discovery-based learning. Participants designed laboratory manuals for student courses, incorporating the new equipment into laboratory activities. Physics professors and fifth year students from the Central Campus traveled to outlying campuses accompanying course design, sharing their experiences with peers in the Highlands and South Coast Campuses. In parallel with training events, STEM-UVG welcomed two new key members to the team: one in the South Coast, and one in the Highlands Campus. These laboratory coordinators will lead STEM-based laboratory activities in these campuses. UVG is committed to making ASHA-funded projects sustainable; this commitment is mirrored by the professors, not only in the department of physics and the faculty of humanities and science, but also in the school of engineering.

Participation in Symposium: MIT

The Mechanical Engineering department has developed a strong relationship with MIT and the International Development Innovation Network (IDIN) and the “D-lab ” in the past year of the STEM ASHA grant. This semester, the mechanical engineering department initiated an IDIN course based on MIT´s methodology, creating innovative spaces for students to solve real world problems relevant to the Guatemalan population. In addition to the new innovation course, four mechanical engineering students were recently chosen to participate in the first "Academic Symposium for Makerspaces" at MIT. The symposium will be held in November of 2016. Find pictures of the team here.

Robot maze in classroom activity

ASHA purchased equipment was used in computer science activities in computer sciences clases. Robots were programmed, built and then competed in a race in a labrynth.

Civil Engineering: Sports improved through physics

The Civil Engineering Department has hosted several outreach events at the UVG Central Campus in this past quarter. In one event, carried out in August, students toured the computer and hydraulics lab, and then participated in active STEM activities demonstrating specific components of civil engineering. Mathematical modeling was used to demonstrate principles of structural engineering, Strawbees® demonstrated principles of spatial statistics, and tangrams and wood puzzles manufactured by current UVG students were used to model current UVG student projects in civil engineering. Visiting high school students participated in these active demonstrations interacting with ASHA-donated STEM equipment.

Civil Engineering: Critical Routes

Another activity in the Civil engineering department analyzed critical, efficient routes for workers.

Biofuel event in Cayala

On Wednesday the 24th and Thursday the 25th of August,t he departments of Chemical Engineering and Industrial Engineering hosted "Well done in Guatemala" in Paseo Cayala, Guatemala. The event focused on clean production, recycling and taking care of the enviornment. Mega-projects with, all focused on enviornmental protection, were presented as part of the activity. These were: evaluation of treatment systems of residual water, management of solid waste, and production of biodiesel from residual cooking oil used in restaurants.

Civil Engineering workshop for potential UVG students

Students were invited to the UVG campus to get to know the civil engineering department: Mathematical modeling was used to demonstrate structural engineering, Tangrams and wood puzzles were used to demonstrate current UVG student projects, and strawbees were used to demonstrate spatial statics. These potential students participated in activities showcasing ASHA donated STEM equipment.

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High School Science Fair - El Shaddai School

The biology and Mechatronic departments held two STEM workshops involving high school stduents from feeder schools. Students learned how to extract DNA from strawberries, observed the celular division of onions, and learned how to measure and intepret pH. Students participating in the robotics workshop learned how to program the humanoide robot NAO.

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STEM activity for teachers: STEM 101

Teachers from one feeder school participated in a class focusing on STEM education fundamentals. Angelica Rocha, the Director of Educational Innovation and Tehnology led the activity.