Educators from Argentina tour STEM High School, learn about STEM education

Delegates from Argentina visited STEM High School in Redmond to learn more about science, technology, engineering and mathematics education. - Courtesy of Lake Washington School District
Delegates from Argentina visited STEM High School in Redmond to learn more about science, technology, engineering and mathematics education.
— image credit: Courtesy of Lake Washington School District

Ten representatives from Argentina visited STEM High School in Redmond on Friday to learn and ask questions about science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education as part of the Department of State's International Visitor Leadership Program.

STEM students turned the tables on the guests, asking them questions about Argentina when they visited a Spanish classroom. The Spanish class is currently studying Christmas and New Year's traditions in Spanish-speaking countries, so the students asked about those traditions in Argentina. The guests explained that many people in Argentina have barbecues for these holidays, since it is summer there during the holidays.

In addition to answering student questions about Argentina in their native language, the guests discussed STEM education issues with principal Cindy Duenas, including best practices for attracting students to the sciences. Duenas reviewed how the STEM school was established and the programs currently being offered. The guests also spent time observing STEM classrooms including environmental science, Advanced Placement (AP) psychology, engineering, programming, AP biology, Photoshop and AP chemistry.

The goal of their visit is to examine issues pertaining to STEM education, including key elements in the design and delivery of STEM education. Over the course of about two weeks, the group will travel throughout the U.S. to discuss STEM education programs, strategies and development.

The International Visitor Leadership Program participants were:

Mariano Manuel Barraco, assistant professor of science at University of Buenos Aires (UBA); Paula Cramer, adjunct investigator at the National Scientific and Technical Research Council (CONICET); Maria Florencia Di Mauro, researcher/professor at University of Mar Del Plata; Pablo Matias Factorovich, consultant at the Sadosky Foundation; Andrea Paula Goldin, post-doctoral fellow researcher of the neuroscience laboratory at UBA; Monica Beatriz Mendoza, professional technician for Technology and Productive Innovation at the Ministry Of Science; Julieta Molinas, author of Natural Sciences Area, Estrada Editorial; Guadalupe Nogues, biology professor at Instituto Libre De Segunda Ensenanza; Milena Luciana Rosenzvit, professor in the Department of Ecology, Genetics and Evolution, faculty of natural sciences at UBA; and Gonzalo Esteban Zabala, researcher in robotic education at the Center for High Studies in Information Technology.

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