Cyberhives is an education method created to encourage science and technology uses inside classrooms as well as in wild protected areas and cyberspace, generating learning experiences that will motivate elementary and middle school students to discover and build knowledge and values concerning biodiversity in their communities, making the most of the tools and experiences available nowadays in internet and other social media.
This project allows students, teachers and INBio’s scientist to form a virtual community where students can experience first-hand all stages of research, while working hand in hand with INBio’s taxonomists or researchers.
Cyberhives Works in a collaborative environment through internet and INBio’s bioliteracy program. The experience includes a teacher and students training, a field/camping trip in INBioparque (for new education centers), development of a group project on local biodiversity, interaction with parataxonomists, INBio’s scientist, other students and teachers that are also members of the virtual community in the cyberhives’ portal and it ends with a scientific symposium where all students present the results to their projects.
Cyberhives’ methodology hopes to improve the natural sciences education system, even though it is not limited to biological or scientific subjects. The system’s constructivist and project oriented approach, as well as the technological tools used, allow for practically every subject to be developed by teachers under this methodology.
Cyberhives has been developed thanks to the financial support of the CRUSA foundation, and the collaboration of the Public Education Ministry (MEP), the Omar Dengo Foundation and the National Conservation Area System (SINAC).
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