Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Presenting at the first Science & Technology Youth Conference in Machala, Ecuador

      On May 28th, high school students from the Science & Technology Obelisk Club in Machala, located in the south of Ecuador, invited me to be a speaker at their first Science & Technology Youth Congress; which took place a the Machala Technical University. The topic included aerospace education opportunities, as well as information on the ASTERIA satellite pilot program.
      After presenting to an audienc of 300 hundred students, comprised of several high schools, club members then took me to their school (Colegio 9 de Octubre), where I was pleasantly surprised by a greeting of 2,000 applauding students...Wow!
     To top off the day, I was then welcomed by the Vice-Governor of the Oro Province, and gifted many lovely items; including a colorful, handmade hat made out of banana fibers. I was then shown the beautiful new room that the governor's office is letting the science club students use so that they can have a meeting place, and it will soon be stocked with computers as well...Bravo!

     After getting to know these students in the course of this school year, I am very impressed by their motivation, engagement and leadership skills; especially with respect to their inspiring club president, Rony Torres. These kids are movers and shakers, and I look forward to watching them lead the way for Ecuador's youth!      

1 comment:

Elisa Waingort said...

Hey Miss Margot,
That is wonderful! Kudos to you for being a mentor to these students. We need more educators who are willing to go out on a limb and support quality education in Ecuador. Proud to know you!