Tecnoacademia, a stimulating experience in science and technology for Medellin students

Extracting psilocybin from cubic psilocyb for medicinal uses as an alternative treatment for depression and anxiety.
Transcranial stimulation of memory, by non-invasive electrical impulses. Biological treatment of wastewater contaminated with heavy metals, through microalgae. They look like the work of scientists with many years of study and experience, but no, they are some of the research projects carried out by students of the Medellin Educational Foundation, with the Tecnoacademia programme.

This SENA scenario, where children and youth from primary and secondary education enhance their abilities to customize towards science and technology, is the best ally for students who are curious to learn under the STEM methodology and for teachers who are measured against the challenge of teaching break schemes. This is the case of Juan Diego Restrepo, who promoted the participation of the said school in the programme: “From the beginning, everything that was created around the learning processes proposed by Tecnoacademia caught my attention … I thought working with sixth graders was a challenge – I started this six years ago – My goal was that they could complete their project up to eleventh grade.”

Isabella Canetz González is a student at IE Concejo de Medellín She began working at Tecnoacademia Foci in seventh grade, under the Nanotechnology line, and in eighth grade went to Biotechnology, where she stayed and where she developed her research project for the bioremediation of wastewater contaminated by heavy metals, through microalgae. She says she was motivated by the idea of ​​getting into very advanced labs, and today she believes that was the best decision she made, given all the progress she’s made compared to her peers who aren’t enrolled in the program.

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Research that promotes life projects and offers solutions for the future of Medellin

Paulina Puerta Alzate is also developing a wastewater bioremediation project and, like her friend, is convinced that the learning she has with Tecnoacademia, about her research operations, will facilitate her goal of studying medicine at the university from Antioquia or abroad.


But Polina goes further, because she dreams of putting her project into practice in order to contribute to the solution of an environmental problem: “The pollution of our resources is progressing, it affects us and will benefit more … And if we can help, even a little, it will be very satisfactory. “

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