With the aim of bringing to the school main lines of research that scientists of the IREC develop, we visited six public colleges in Ciudad Real where we carry out an educational workshop: "Researchs with the IREC: introduction to the Science method ".
Proposed a self-learning and participatory methodology based on the scientific method: observation, experimentation and analysis. So we show them instruments, samples and materials that scientists use in the IREC, so that through their observation, experimentation and analysis they could recreate for a day the work of the researcher.
Those students identified species animals through their morphology or traces as footprints, excrement, antlers, feathers, eggs, etc.
Different traces of fauna exposed so that they observe them, handle, classified and identified with the help of metrictapes, calibers, and hand lens.
With optical instruments such a binocular lens, microscope and hands lens, they saw different samples of cellular tissue of plants, various insects and excrements of Fox. We showed differents researche techniques like the photo-trapping and they could identify species only watching this photos. Also, they could use diferents marks to identify animals in the field like rings, traking necklaces, identifications tags...
The project is part of the programme of activities promoted by the CSIC in the 12th week of science 2012, and has been funded by the FECYT.
Project coordination: Almudena Delgado Palominos. IREC Comunicacion-divulgacion service.