There is no denying that Science holds the answers to addressing many challenges in society. This concept is one that was recently amplified by Dr Mayrose Salvador, a Physical Chemistry Scientist, whose keen interest in science saw her founding a not-for-profit science organization – Pueblo Science – aimed at teaching people of all ages about the importance of science.
Dr Salvador, although born and raised in the Philippines, obtained her doctorate at the University of Toronto.
Just last week, she led a team from her organization to Guyana where informative training sessions were held with some 80 teachers of public schools. The undertaking was one facilitated through the St. Stanislaus College Canadian Alumni in collaboration with the Ministry of Education.
Dr Salvador, during an interview with this publication, spoke of her vision to enlighten as many people as possible of the importance of Science.
This mission, she informed, is premised on the fact that she wasn’t aware of the potential of science to stave off some challenges when she was much younger. She is currently in her mid 30s.
As she reminisced on growing up in rural Philippines, Dr Salvador recalled “seeing things that I realized later could be avoided with a bit more critical thinking from the residents.”
She recounted, for instance, that her village sourced drinking water from a nearby river but after she would consume the water, her stomach hurts. But according to her, “my mom would think that I was touched by spirits.”
“Later I found out that it was probably bacteria that were giving me those tummy aches,” noted Dr Salvador.
It was such realizations that helped foster the idea of Pueblo Science. “I think that the way to change some things, like in the community that I came from, is for them (residents) to have a bit more science background.” But in order to achieve this goal, she stressed the need to make children excited about science, which according to her, is the best vehicle to foster scientific techniques.
After qualifying herself and setting up Pueblo Science five years ago, she was able to return to her community and help with the setting up of a water filtration system with the intent of ridding the problem she faced as a child. Pueblo Science has been able to reach over 2,000 teachers in the Philippines who are tasked with catering to classes of students amounting to between 40 and 100 children. “The reach is huge but what I really hope for is to see teachers sharing knowledge with their co-teachers and start thinking about what good and fun science they can indulge in on their own,” asserted the Scientist.
With teachers as the primary target, Pueblo Science, which has a membership of mostly Scientists and Engineers, has been travelling the world educating teachers mainly of simple and affordable ways of implementing science projects that can help societal problems. It is Dr Salvador’s expectation that this tactic would garner the desired results whereby teachers are able to filter the scientific information to the children they teach.
“How we work, we look at the curriculum, so it has to be relevant to them in their curriculum as well as relevant to their community or it can be both and that’s even better,” said Dr Salvador.
During a recent three-day training session with local teachers, her focus was on electricity, which according to her, is among the fundamental concepts that children should learn about.
Among the members of her team were: Leo Mui, Calvil Cheng, Emina Veletanlic and Jennifer Tsoung.
Dr Salvador would however be happy to undertake a water filtration project here, similar to what she was able to do in her homeland. “I hear water filtration is a big thing here and we certainly have the expertise to help develop something,” she said.
As such, she sees potential for a growing collaboration between Pueblo Science and Guyana. “For me, it’s up to the teachers…when we do a project, there has to be a commitment on both sides. We can only do so much; we impart all these different things but if they don’t do anything with the information it doesn’t mean anything…if they do I can see us coming back and even mentoring their children doing science projects that are relevant to this community,” disclosed Dr Salvador.
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