Education and Training

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The Education and Training Unit is in charge of INBio’s Educative Strategies’ fulfillment, which directly contributes to the instruction of naturalist citizens hoping to support conservation in a local, national and global level.  Diverse educational projects take place in environmental, scientific, and technologic matters aimed to different audiences, including elementary and middle school students.

As a result, INBio has developed several processes to share its information and knowledge on biodiversity with diverse audiences for educational, scientific, touristic, legal, political, conservationist and/or recreation purposes through several product and service developments that prioritize biodiversity and who’s main objectives is to support bioliteracy.

The unit has a large training offer, including scientific topics on biodiversity, biodiversity uses, environmental education and interpretation, amongst others.  The trainings are shaped according to the public’s specific needs, for example, natural science professionals, families, schools, universities, businesses, and other private or state institutions.  Some of these trainings are programmed periodically, while others adapt to the concrete needs of the institution or people interested in them.  Nowadays, INBio offers courses for naturalist guides, eatable fungi cultivation, orchids, butterflies’ natural history, arachnids, native decorative plants, geographic information systems, conservation and many others.

Other tools seeking greater bioliteracy are INBio’s Editorial, with more tan 135 published books and 22 products, INBIoparque, a very visited theme park and CIbercolmenas, a project created with the main objective to encourage innovative uses of technology and science in classrooms,  wild areas and cyberspace all together, to generate experiences and projects that persuade elementary and middle schools students to learn more and care about biodiversity.

Services

  • Educational programs for schools, local communities, organizations and businesses design and execution.
  • Face to face and virtual educational programs for schools and colleges.
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Bio-literacy

 

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Bioliteracy is the experience-based learning process that allows an individual to value biodiversity through time, adopt respectful life ethics and assume her responsibility in the use and conservation of all living things and its ecosystems.  Its main goal is to promote behavioural changes that favor an harmonic relationship between nature and human being’s sustainable development.

The Education and Training unit, offers a wide range of programs that iclude scientific topics on biodiversity, biodiversity uses, interpretation and environmental education, amongst others. The trainings are shaped according to the public’s specific needs, for example, natural science professionals, families, schools, universities, businesses, and other private or state institutions.

Some of these trainings are programmed periodically, while others adapt to the concrete needs of the institution or people interested in them.  Nowadays, INBio offers courses for naturalist guides, eatable fungi cultivation, orchids, butterflies’ natural history, arachnids, native decorative plants, geographic information systems, conservation and many others.

Furthermore, several labors take place to support all research areas within INBio to translate scientific information to a friendlier language that everyone can understand.

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Cyberhives

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Cyberhives is an education method created to encourage science and technology uses inside classrooms as well as in wild protected areas and cyberspace, generating learning experiences that will motivate elementary and middle school students to discover and build knowledge and values concerning biodiversity in their communities, making the most of the tools and experiences available nowadays in internet and other social media.

This project allows students, teachers and INBio’s scientist to form a virtual community where students can experience first-hand all stages of research, while working hand in hand with INBio’s taxonomists or researchers.

Cyberhives Works in a collaborative environment through internet and INBio’s bioliteracy program.  The experience includes a teacher and students training, a field/camping trip in INBioparque (for new education centers), development of a group project on local biodiversity, interaction with parataxonomists, INBio’s scientist, other students and teachers that are also members of the virtual community in the cyberhives’ portal and it ends with a scientific symposium where all students present the results to their projects.

Cyberhives’ methodology hopes to improve the natural sciences education system, even though it is not limited to biological or scientific subjects.  The system’s constructivist and project oriented approach, as well as the technological tools used, allow for practically every subject to be developed by teachers under this methodology.

 

Cyberhives has been developed thanks to the financial support of the CRUSA foundation, and the collaboration of the Public Education Ministry (MEP), the Omar Dengo Foundation and the National Conservation Area System (SINAC).

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