The Incrúst@te project, the main science outreach programme for secondary and high school students at the Centre for Scientific Advanced Research (CICA) of the University of A Coruña (UDC), has been included in a catalogue of best practices for the promotion of scientific, technological and innovation culture.
The Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology (FECYT) has just published the eighth edition of this catalogue, which brings together the 15 best innovative practices presented in 2017 to the call for grants, for the promotion of scientific, technological and innovation culture. In this call, the FECYT received a total of 645 applications, of which 205 ended up being funded, Incrúst@te among them. The aim of the catalogue, as described in the prologue, <<is to highlight the quality of the projects funded, as well as to serve as inspiration for those who want to launch activities to disseminate science and innovation>>. The FECYT has developed the DIVULGATECA platform to consult the data sheets of all funded projects: https://www.divulgateca.es/.
What is Incrúst@te?
The Incrúst@te project was created in 2017 with the aim of introducing secondary school students to a career in research through a series of visits and short stays, where young people come into contact with CICA researchers. Each year, the research centre receives an average of 250 students aged between 14 and 17. During the visit, they get to know the dynamics of working in a research centre, and in particular the lines developed at CICA. In the next phase, 16 students are selected for a short stay in one of the research groups, which culminates in the preparation of a poster and participation in their first scientific congress. In the last phase of the Incrúst@te project, the 4 best students, selected on the basis of the results of their first stay and the scientific interest shown, carry out a second stay of 2 weeks to develop their own research project.
Many Galician schools have already participated in the Incrúst@te Project, which has managed to establish itself as a highly demanded activity by secondary school students in the province of A Coruña. Information for teachers can be found on the project website: https://cica.udc.gal/es/proyecto-incrustate.
Incrúst@te was carried out in collaboration with the Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology (FECYT) - Ministry of Science, Innovation and Universities in 2017 and 2018, through two consecutive grants for the promotion of scientific, technological and innovation culture. The project was continued in 2019 thanks to funding from the Xunta de Galicia.