This 1,210 square-foot space required a total investment of more than $100,000, which was donated by the nine companies.
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Published Friday, November 20, 2020
$100,000 STEAM Hall
opens in Children's Museum
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff
The Children’s Museum opens its new STEAM Hall to bring children and youth closer to the program: Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, and Mathematics, a so-called STEAM.
The scientific hall was supported by the Costa Rican Investment Promotion Agency, CINDE, and private international companies such as Akamai, Emerson, Establishment Labs, Intel, Maderama, NI, Pulse, Roche, and Johnson & Johnson.
This 1,210 square-foot space required a total investment of more than $100,000, which was donated by the nine companies, CINDE, the Children's Museum, and other donors. The creation, fundraising, and hall construction process took approximately three years, CINDE said.
“This modern hall will empower thousands of children and youth to develop their skills and abilities, and to discover a passion for careers in science and technology," Mónica Riveros, Executive Director of the Children’s Museum said. "Our visitors will have access to first-world learning and an entertainment space that will help forge a more competitive nation, by better preparing [our youth] for future challenges.”
The new room is a place full of technology, tests, games to encourage Museum visitors' interest in STEAM fields, CINDE said in its statement.
The hall includes six modules, where visitors can learn about the importance of the scientific method, programming and decoding, product design, manufacturing through technological processes, robotics, and the integration of technology into today’s society.
The room is aimed mainly at children and youth between 7 and 15 years- old. It is part of the regular route visitors take through the museum. Visitors will have the opportunity to solve a series of challenges through the use of science and technology.
The scene is based on the tale of a robot that controls much of planet Earth’s technology and has suffered a failure in one of its most important parts. This has caused a technological alert around the world. The lack of internet, added to intermittent electricity and communication systems, are causing serious problems in every corner of the world. Kids have to find a solution to save the world.
According to CINDE, in the new knowledge economy, it is vital to encourage, from an early age, the learning skills and tools necessary to enable the country's future human talent to take advantage of every opportunity the world will offer them. This room will be the first experience for many children to discover that technology and imagination can take them anywhere they choose.
According to data from the Ministry of Science, in 2015 and 2016, only 7% of the degrees awarded in Costa Rica were in fields related to engineering and technology, while the average for Latin America was 14%.
The Children's Museum, located in San José downtown and founded in 1994, is the only one of its kind in the country with 40 halls of interactive activities for visitors.
The weekly open hours are from 9 a. m. to 3 p. m. On weekends, Saturdays and Sundays, it is open from 9 a. m. to 4 p. m. Entry ticket rate is about $3.60, must be bought online on the Museum web page.
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