Zacatecas has been declared a province of science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics
- The designation is the result of Governor David Monreal’s efforts to promote education in science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics
- The Government of the State of Zacatecas, Siemens Stiftung International and Inuvik have signed the Letter of Commitment to create a Regional Alliance for the Education System
- With this action, which is being promoted locally by Cozcyt, Zacatecas joins the Latin American STEM network, made up of 180 institutions in 14 countries.
Zacatecas, Zack, May 10, 2023.– From today Zacatecas is a STEAM territory, thanks to the efforts of Governor David Monreal to promote education in science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics, with which the country is integrated into the Latin American network of 180 institutions in 14 countries, whose aim is to promote inclusive education and transform children and youth into Agents of change to generate prosperity and progress in their societies.
The Letter of Commitment to declare the State of Zacatecas a STEAM Region was signed by the Minister of Education and Personal Representative of the Governor, Maribel Villalpando; Director General of the Zacatecan Council for Science, Technology and Innovation (COSET), Hammurabi Gamboa; As witnesses, the representative of the Siemens Stiftung International for Latin America, Ulrike Wahl, signed; and Director of Innovation in Science Teaching, AC (INNOVEC), Claudia Robles.
It was the president of Cozcyt who declared Zacatecas a Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics (STEM, for its English acronym) territory. At the event, the director of the Zacatecas Zigzag Interactive Center for Science and Technology, Atenea Morales, explained to educators, students and government officials the scope and benefits of the new responsibility that the entity acquires.
The foregoing, given the commitment created to bring together governmental efforts, private initiative, civil society and international institutions to create a regional alliance that allows the promotion of STEAM education in the entity, providing children, youth and educators with the necessary tools to design and implement projects in the fields of science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics.
Ulrike Wahl, representative of Siemens Stiftung for Latin America, a global organization with headquarters in Germany and district office in Chile, acknowledged the new governance for its willingness to realize the synergy of sectors and institutions responsible for creating educational spaces, in order to follow the same path to achieve universal education for children and youth.
INNOVEC Director Claudia Robles delivered a message on behalf of the President of the Civic Association and the President of the Zacatecas Mining Group, Jaime Lomeli, who she said is fully available to promote STEM education in the entity. In addition, he congratulated Cozcyt and SEZ because they are already beginning to see the fruits that are consistent with the New Mexican School, which seeks girls and boys to receive an experiential education through learning in real environments and with projects.
He made his comment because, last October, Cozcyt and SEZ signed an agreement with INNOVEC and mining company Fresnillo PLC to implement a Latin American Climate Education (ALEC) project in the state, with the goal of implementing actions to reverse climate change. From the local level, an action that made the entity pioneer and was the precursor to the declaration of the state of Zacatecas STEAM.
The commitment within the ALEC project was to train 800 teachers in environmental education, so that they could replicate teaching to students in the last two grades of primary school and the last three grades of high school in the same number of schools.
To check, members of the Foundation and the Civic Association visited Niños Héroes High School, located in the community of Pozo de Gamboa, Pánuco, to learn about the progress and projects already underway, and they congratulated them.