As part of the presentation of the book “Micro stories. Great stories for small organisms,” schoolchildren of various ages had the opportunity to do experiments to understand how the dynamics of the oceans work.

“Micro stories. Great stories of small organisms” is the name of the book that gave rise to a series of scientific dissemination activities in the Magallanes and Chilean Antarctic Region.

More than 200 boys and girls from Punta Arenas and Puerto Natales participated in the initiative led by the marine biologist Anita Flores and the artist Francisca Prieto with the support of the IDEAL Center of the Austral University of Chile (UACh) and the Antarctic Youth Coalition (AYC.) During the sessions, attendees had the opportunity to listen to two of the stories from the play. Subsequently, they were able to carry out experiments with cabbage juice and vinegar to understand what ocean acidification is about.

“During summer, we carried out different reading mediation activities with experimentation in order to make learning about these small but important beings more interactive. We carried out initiatives in public spaces such as public libraries in the region, cultural centers, after schools and summer camps,” says Anita Flores and that “in addition, together with the Magallanes Regional Hospital, we broadcasted digital storytellers about the book where we were able to reach more than 2000 people.”

“These types of activities allow us to leave the academy and reach other types of audiences with clear messages regarding topics as important in the Magallanes Region as Harmful Algal Blooms,” said IDEAL Center researcher, Dr. José Luis Iriarte, who was one of the scientific advisors of the project.

The text is aimed at boys and girls between 7 and 11 years old and reading mediators, and aims to raise awareness of the importance of microalgae as fundamental organisms in the socio-environmental dynamics of the Patagonian fjords. The book also includes a booklet with complementary and explanatory material regarding the themes discussed in the stories. In this way, reading mediators will have different resources to explore various pedagogical perspectives in an interdisciplinary manner.

The work, which was financed by the program Public Science of the Ministry of Science, Technology, Knowledge and Innovation (CTCI,) had the support of the IDEAL Center and the edition of Editorial Mis Raíces, and it is available in digital and printed versions.