President Javier Lampan highlights initiatives like this to awaken interest in science among young people
Zaragoza, April 15th. (Press Europe) –
The President of the Government of Aragon, Javier Lampan, was responsible for launching one of the experimental balloons from the city of Ijea de los Caballeros in Zaragoza, which carries out scientific experiments for 14 educational centers throughout the country participating in the eighth edition of the Servet citizen science project.
The launches were carried out from outside the Ejea Aquagrarian Museum, where the President, accompanied by the Mayor of Ejea, Teresa Ladriro, was able to learn about the details and previous preparations, chat with the students and teachers who made the capsules and continue part of the ballooning flight until their return to Earth from the stratosphere.
Servet is a citizen science project in which science experiments are conducted at altitudes beyond the stratosphere, and this is done by launching helium balloons that rise to 35,000 meters, three times higher than commercial flights. At this height, the balloons explode and the capsules, lowered to the ground, slow down with a parachute.
During this flight, the capsules will collect the necessary data – altitude, pressure, ultraviolet radiation, temperature, location, which will serve to validate the hypotheses of the experiments.
For the Aragonese president, this is “a great activity that awakens the scientific vocations of schoolchildren and promotes knowledge and coexistence between teams from all over the country.” He added that “seeing boys and girls, boys and girls being able to promote these experiences, done with the flight of these two experimental balloons, makes one feel good about the future.”
Lambane congratulated the Ibercivis Foundation for “its initiative to promote research in different fields of scientific knowledge, locally, nationally and internationally, which has resulted in the creation of open spaces for the participation of various scientific and social actors, with educational centers being among the best beneficiaries.”
Students and teachers arrived in Zaragoza on Friday to work at Etopia-Centro de Arte y Tecnología, preparing the probes for their launch. The students’ efforts and dedication to developing their experiences culminated in launching their experiments.
The results of the trials will be presented on Sunday starting at 9 am in Etopia, where students from the participating centers will stay all weekend.
Servet encourages innovation and creativity among young students, and also promotes collaboration and knowledge sharing between participating educational centres, creating an enriching learning environment among educational centers across Spain – with centers in Andalusia, Aragon, Asturias and the Canary Islands. Castile and Leon, Catalonia and the Valencian Community and La Rioja.
This initiative has Servet supported by the Ibercivis Foundation, under the auspices of which is the Government of Aragon; University of Zaragoza, through the Engineering Research Institute of Aragon (I3A); the Etopia Arts and Technology Center; Cesar Laboratories in Ethiopia; Spanish Radio Amateur Federation and City Council of Ijea de los Caballeros. It is funded by the Spanish Science and Technology Foundation of the Ministry of Science and Innovation.
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Javier Lambán emphasized that through this project, the Ibercivis Foundation gains a lot of meaning, a lot of power and that for politicians is an appeal to the conscience of our citizen, and for all purposes, citizen science should be considered an element that deserves to be supported and recognized.
Ibercivis is a private, non-profit organization whose goals are to implement, promote and make visible citizen science. In order to achieve its objectives, and in collaboration with various scientific and social actors, it conducts and promotes research in very different areas of scientific knowledge at the local, national and international levels; It provides technical support, outreach, and training so that anyone can participate in scientific research, depending on their ever-changing interests and abilities.