Since 1995, Proed (Cultural and educational Programs and exhibitions), a private company, has dedicated to help teachers and students learn and teach better. Our interactive approach is based on “learning through doing” and focused on science and culture. Interactive museum exhibitions (both itinerant and permanent) CienciActiva™ (ActiveScience) programs complement and strengthen the Chilean Educational curriculum in response to both urban and rural educational needs.
In 2020, facing the educational challenge of quarantine during the covid19 epidemic, at Proed we converted our didactics, moving from face-to-face active participation activities to the design and production of capsules for teaching videos. The capsules show our methodology in each of the activities of the program. Teachers were trained in online sessions, transforming our practical methodology into teacher training seminars with flexible teaching tools to be used with other teachers and students. These capsules illustrate the knowledge necessary to assemble each instrument and how to use it in the classroom.
Thanks to public support and private funding, PROED promotes quality education regardless of the local social and economic conditions. In 11 regions, 702 establishments, and over 1,446 teachers and 400,000 students have benefited from CienciActiva™ exhibitions and classroom programs for elementary, and high schools. Interactive learning and teaching exhibitions have been created as both permanent and traveling exhibitions in areas of astronomy, geology, ecology and environment for both national and regional museums and observatories. Classroom support programs (teacher training and classroom lab kits) have been developed and installed in the areas of natural sciences, physics, biology, chemistry, astronomy, renewable energy and environmental science.
Proed productions and programs are the result of teamwork between scientists, educators and designers from the University of Chile, Universidad Católica del Norte, University of Concepción, University of La Serena, Metropolitan University of Sciences of Education, as well as, with astronomers of the Paranal, La Silla, Las Campanas and Cerro Calán Observatories.