🕴️ Tech Solutions for Career Mentoring and Coaching + Puerto Rico Impact 50

Traditionally career mentoring and coaching have been one-on-one, in-person experiences. This personal approach offered valuable guidance but was expensive and restrictive. Today's market is booming with technology-based, allowing for wider access and more affordable options.

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Technology for career mentoring and coaching is evolving to meet modern workforce needs. Key players include peer mentors, independent coaches, consulting firms, online platforms, and universities—all offering tech-enabled solutions to help people hone career-ready skills and support them in the world of work. Many promising startups in this year's HolonIQ EdTech 1000 are emerging in this growing category. As a part of the Puerto Rico Impact Week, HolonIQ recently announced the Puerto Rico Impact 50, the most promising Puerto Rican startups and scale-ups across education, health & climate.

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🕴️ Career Mentoring and Coaching.   Exploring digital solutions for career mentoring and coaching 📊 Chart Spotlight. Employees with a mentor report higher career opportunity availability 📈 Early Childhood Index. Up 5% over the last three months 🍎 Back to School Summit. September 10-11 in New York City 🏆 Puerto Rico Impact 50. the most promising Puerto Rican startups and scale-ups across education, health & climate. 📖 Annual Education Outlook.  180+ pages of trends, insight, and data 💰 Education Deals of the Week. Funding and M&A

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🕴️ Career Mentoring and Coaching Landscape

Traditionally career mentoring and coaching have been one-on-one, in-person experiences, which can be expensive, difficult to scale and can exacerbate inequities in the workforce, favoring those who can afford the time and services of these professionals. New solutions with digital features such as video conferencing or AI-powered feedback are making digital coaching more affordable and dynamic. This, along with a cultural shift toward personal improvement and building social capital, is helping more solutions to gain popularity in the market.

Key categories in the coaching and mentoring market include peer-to-peer learning, independent coaches, consulting firms, online platforms, and academic institutions offering specialized, tech-enabled programs. These providers often differentiate themselves based on expertise, industry focus, coaching approach, and geographic reach. Corporate mentoring programs have also gained prominence as organizations prioritize employee development and leadership training.

As the demand for career mentoring and coaching continues to rise, the market is expanding to meet the evolving needs of individuals and organizations in navigating the complexities of today's workforce landscape. With the greater acceptance of digital models—HolonIQ's Career Mentoring and Coaching market map helps unpack the latest in this dynamic market.

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📊 Charts Spotlight - Employees With a Mentor Report Higher Career Opportunity Availability

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A recent survey reveals the pivotal role mentorship plays in the professional growth of employees. At the individual (below managerial levels - analysts/associates) and managerial levels, there is a significant gap in opportunities between those who have a mentor and those who don't. For example, at the managerial level, 75% of those with a mentor reported they have excellent to good opportunities, while only 31% of those without a mentor felt the same. However, the gap in perceived opportunities between employees with and without mentors gradually narrows beyond the senior manager level. Alongside the gap, satisfaction regarding career advancement opportunities increases with seniority.

📈 Capital Markets - Early Childhood Index Up by 5%

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HolonIQ’s Early Childhood Index recovered by November 2023 after a rough first half of 2023. Over the past three months, the index staged a 5% increase in value and has been on an upward trend since mid-April 2024. The financial results for Bright Horizons Family Solutions ($6.5B MCap), whose revenue and income from operations increased by 12% and 30%, undermine the positive performance seen in the stock's price. Another relevant stock, GE Education ($1B MCap), has been on an upward trend over the past three months. Certain countries, such as the UK and Canada, have expanded early childcare benefits, granting parents additional finances to support their child's education at earlier stages. However, demographic shifts, such as declining birth rates, may suppress index performance in the medium to long run.

🏆 Puerto Rico Impact 50

As part of Puerto Rico Impact Week , HolonIQ launched its inaugural Puerto Rico Impact 50 list . This list identifies high-potential startups and scale-ups in Puerto Rico driving positive change in education, health, and climate.

The Puerto Rico Impact 50 reflects a strong emphasis on health innovation. Health tech companies comprise over a third of the cohort, followed by Finance & Technology for impact at 18%, Environment at 18% and Education & Skills at 12%. The remaining startups tackle mobility and infrastructure. 43% of the cohort was founded 8+ years ago, illustrating the more mature age profile, particularly in the health segment. There is also a strong scale-up contingent, particularly from the education and skills group ( StreamTechnologies ,  Telecubes ,  Terminal34 ). 

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Registration for our flagship Back to School Summit in New York on September 10–11 is now open. This year, we're bringing over 500 global education leaders together for three incredible tracks: Higher Education and Workforce, Foundation and Philanthropy, and Technology and Finance.

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💰 Education Deals of the Week

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📖 Desire2Learn , a Canadian-based Learning Management Solutions provider for educational institutions, raised $85M in a Series B funding round to expand its market presence.

🧑‍🏫 Elevate K-12 , a company providing certified teachers to traditional classrooms via online live sessions, has raised $25M in a venture round to support the expansion of live online teaching.

👶 Tiney , a UK-based childcare startup that provides home nurseries with early years education, raised $9M in a Series A funding round. The company will use the funds to expand operations and development efforts.

💻 Daxap , a Norway-based multi-language communications platform, raised $370K in a Seed funding round for the international expansion of the multilingual communication platform Kiddy.

🏫 Classover , an online child learning center for children between 4 and 12 years old, merged with Battery Future Acquisition Corp, a company aiming to produce the critical battery materials required to support the clean energy revolution.

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10+ Things to do in Vieques Puerto Rico (Guide and Itinerary)

V ieques is a destination I’m really interested in visiting. I found out about the island from our first trip to the island of Puerto Rico way back in 2014. Here are things to do in Vieques Puerto Rico. We also cover reasons why you should visit this island and provide one and two day itineraries for Vieques Puerto Rico. 

Thank you to the Women in Travel Summit and Discover Puerto Rico for hosting me on this trip. 

This post is part of our Puerto Rico and US VI series on the blog. Here are some more posts:

  • How To Explore USVI on a Budget
  • How to Spend 4 Days in USVI (Itinerary)
  • One Day in Charlotte Amalie (St Thomas)
  • How to go on a Day Trip to St John from St Thomas
  • Water Island US VI (Day Trip from St Thomas)

Below is a more detailed post on how you can plan a day trip, a weekend, or two days in Vieques.

Day Trip Itinerary to Vieques Puerto Rico 

While you can theoretically do a day trip to Vieques from the mainland, it is going to either be a really long day, or an expensive trip if you opt to fly. Here are some places you can visit if you only have a full day in Vieques Puerto Rico. 

  • Ride the airplane from Ceiba to Vieques (Antonio Rivera Rodriguez Airport) 
  • Book a car rental or pre-book a tour of the city
  • Visit the Vieques Ceiba Tree Park and see the semi-wild horses of Vieques
  • Mosquito Pier to see if there are any sea turtles (or to snorkel)
  • Visit El Fortin de Conde Mirasol (fort) 
  • Isabel II for the square and the murals around the city
  • Esperanza for lunch and for the small beach by the town 
  • Caracas Beach
  • Drive past Sun Bay Beach to see more semi-wild horses
  • Airport to fly back to Ceiba Airport or Ferry to Ceiba from Isabel II
  • Back to San Juan 

Weekend or Two-Day Itinerary in Vieques Puerto Rico  

Two days in Vieques is the ideal amount of time to visit, in my opinion. The island is small enough to discover almost everything you can do on the island:

  • Do the above (except you will stay in Isabel II or Esperanza overnight instead of going back to the airport). We’ll also add the bioluminescent bay (Puerto Mosquito) as an activity in the evening before heading back to your accommodation for the night. 
  • Breakfast in the town 
  • Sea Glass Beach 
  • Blue Beach (La Chiva) 
  • Black Beach (involves a 15-minute walk/hike) 
  • Green Beach 
  • Vieques airport to fly back to Ceiba airport

Things to do in Vieques Puerto Rico

Here is a condensed list of things to do in Vieques. Two days is generally enough to do most things on the island if you don’t intend to stay the whole day on a beach. You can beach-hop and see the differences between them yourself! 

El Fortin de Conde Mirasol (Fuerte de Vieques)

Included in the National Register of Historic Places, this fort on top of a hill overlooking the island is a hidden gem. The walls of brick still stand, with some antique canons lined up on top, ready to fire for any intruder. 

The grounds of the fort are free to visit. There are so many beautiful photo spots in the area so spend as much time as you want. If you want more history, there is a museum on the fort, which accepts donations, but is free of charge to enter.

Caracas Beach (Red Beach) 

Caracas Beach, also known as Red Beach, is home to some semi-feral horses and a crescent-shaped beach. There are some caves shaped by the waves which makes for good photo spots on the right side of the beach. On top of the caves are cliffs, which you can use as a jump-off point if you are so inclined and are daring enough.

There are no facilities available directly on the beach. The closest bathrooms are within the state park, but you will have to drive there. There are some shaded areas where you can put your stuff and have a picnic, but no place to buy water or food either. The shade may have some horses you can get up close to. They usually stay there hoping for scraps of food or water from visitors.

If you are looking for sea turtles, head to the left side of the beach. There is some sea grass in there where they could hang out. Otherwise, that spot is the place to see fish. It is shallow on the leftmost side of the beach, and the water is clear, so you may not need to snorkel to see the fish and turtles. 

Town of Esperanza in Vieques Puerto Rico

This is considered the place to be when visiting Vieques. Most of the hip and boutique accommodations are in Esperanza. The restaurants are located within walking distance of the town too. Everything is so compact, and there’s even a small beach close to the road in front of the restaurants and hotels. 

Walk around the Malecon, the boardwalk by the water, which has a small beach you can utilize while staying in town. The small beach has swing tires and other places to get great photos in. The facilities are the restaurants or your accommodation on the town nearby. There are no beach chairs or umbrellas available: you’ll have to bring your own. 

You will need to arrange transportation to get to Esperanza from the airport or the ferry port. It is on the other side of the island and there are no buses or public transport (except taxis or pre-booked private transportation). 

Town of Isabel II (Isabel Segunda) in Vieques Puerto Rico

Isabel II is the main town in Vieques and is named after Queen Isabela of Spain. It has small grocery stores, gift shops, and accommodations. The town also has its own farmers market and a fair share of museums, albeit small. This town is the jumping-off point when taking the ferry to or from San Juan. 

There is a small beach very close to the pier, so if you are looking for a last minute beach spot before going back to the Fajardo, that’s the place to go. 

Ceiba Tree Park: See the Oldest Ceiba Tree in Vieques Puerto Rico

The ceiba tree is the national tree of Puerto Rico, and one of the top things to do in Vieques is to go to Ceiba Tree Park. You can take a photo with the tree, and it’s also a spot where the semi-feral horses seem to frequent. Aside from the tree, there’s nothing else much to do in the park, since there’s no facilities and is just an open area.

Mosquito Bay: Vieques’s Own Bioluminescent Bay

Puerto Rico has 3 bioluminescent bays in total. One is located in Vieques, while the remaining two are on the main island of Puerto Rico. There is one near Fajardo, called Laguna Grande, which we visited and kayaked before, as well as La Parguera on the southwest coast. 

However, the most brilliant of the bioluminescent bays is located in the island of Vieques. Located on the east side of the island, the best way to experience the bioluminescence is by booking during a New Moon. Several tour operators offer tours to the site, and you can opt between doing a regular kayak tour, or a clear bottom kayak.  

Since the bioluminescence can only be seen in the evening, it is not advisable to go out kayaking on your own. When booking a tour, you’ll have guides who know where to go and how to navigate the waters so you won’t get lost in the lagoon. 

Sun Bay Beach

Looking for a huge stretch of sand with facilities nearby and a place to park your car? Also looking for a spot where you can see a lot of semi-wild horses in one go? Head on over to Sun Bay Beach. This long stretch of sand is pretty cool, with plenty of parking spaces and a small restaurant/cafe to eat in. There’s toilets available within walking distance of the beach and the parking lot. 

There are so many horses hanging around this area so you don’t have to look too far to find them if you go straight here. This area is known by the horses for the fresh water that accumulates on the field near the beach, so they are drawn to it by the masses. 

La Chiva Beach – Blue Beach in Vieques 

If you think that the Blue Beach in Vieques has blue sand or something, guess again! The beach got its name from the US Navy, who used the island for military exercises. There are some parts of Vieques where the public is not allowed in, like La Chiva Key, because of some unexploded bombs in the area, from when the Navy had control of it. Blue Beach is commonly known for the turquoise waters around it, with a different tone of blue water on the horizon. 

Black Sand Beach (Playa Negra)

The Black Sand Beach is so called because of the black sand of the beach. Be warned though, the sand is not as black as you would expect when visiting a black sand beach formed from volcanic activity.  It seems that the black sand in the beach has been mostly washed away, so you will need to keep walking to the right side of the beach to find the black sand, instead of closer to the trailhead.

Black Sand Beach is not wheelchair-friendly. To get to the beach, you’ll need to hike 15 minutes on a trail from the parking area, 30 minutes round trip. The hike is fairly easy, but bring water shoes (do not wear flip-flops!) on the hike.

Seaglass Beach (Cofi Beach) 

Seaglass Beach got its name because it used to have a ton of sea glass mixed in the sand. Now that the word is out and most people visit trying to find sea glass, the sea glass is getting harder to find. 

Seaglass isn’t really great. You can think of it as litter: It’s glass that got smoothed by the waves and the sand after being washed away. Glass does not deteriorate as quickly, so it’s a sign of pollution. However, people collect seaglass and incorporate the material into their craft projects on other things. 

Can you do a day trip to Vieques from San Juan Puerto Rico? 

If you have the budget for it but not enough time, you could theoretically take a day trip to Vieques from San Juan. Everything must be pre-planned and booked in advance though. 

On a day trip to Vieques, you will need to: 

  • Book your round-trip transportation from your San Juan accommodation to Ceiba Airport
  • Book a round-trip flight from Ceiba Airport in San Juan to Vieques 
  • Have transportation prebooked in Vieques
  • Mapped out what you want to see and do in Vieques

It is going to be a long day, so expect to start the day early, especially if you’re planning to take the ferry. It takes at least 2 hours to get from Old San Juan to Ceiba, and another 2 hours back. 

Flying to Vieques from Ceiba 

Drive an hour from Old San Juan and head east to Ceiba Airport. There are nonstop flights from Ceiba, on the main island of Puerto Rico to Vieques. Total flight time between the islands is between 8 to 10 minutes, but boarding and waiting for a plane may take a bit longer. 

Which airlines fly to Vieques from Ceiba Airport? 

There are two airlines that fly to Vieques from Ceiba Airport: Cape Air and Vieques Air Link. We flew the latter (Vieques Air Link) on our tour of the island but both airlines were flying small island hopper airplanes. These airplanes are propeller planes that have the capacity to seat 8 with a small cargo hold in the back. 

What to expect before you board a flight to Vieques Island

The airlines flying to Vieques Island are strict when it comes to baggage: they weigh everything before you board the plane. This means you will be weighed as well as all your luggage, including personal items. The reason why they weigh everything is for the weight and balance of the airplane. 

Your personal items have to be placed in the cargo hold behind the plane. There isn’t any space to store purses of any size. This includes any luggage you may have. You can bring a small wallet and a phone with you on the plane. Take lots of videos and photos. You’ll be up in the air and back down before you know it. Trust me, the experience of flying on this plane is pretty incredible. 

Why do I need to be weighed before my flight to Vieques? 

Since the airplane is generally tiny, your seats will depend on the weight balance. They will put your party together on the same row as much as possible, but if you are traveling solo, you won’t have a choice where to sit. You could be seated without a window, or in the back row, or the front row behind the pilot. 

There is no air-conditioning in these tiny airplanes. Dress accordingly . 

For aviation geeks, the plane used on this inter-island hops is called an Islander.

Can you do an Uber from San Juan to Ceiba Airport? 

Yes, but you have to pre-book the return trip from Ceiba to San Juan in advance. While there are plenty of Ubers in San Juan, there’s very little available outside of the city. Alternatively, you can book private transportation that can handle the trip to the airport and back from San Juan. 

Can I take a ferry from the mainland of Puerto Rico to Vieques? 

Yes, it costs $2 one way for 40 mins for a passenger ferry. If you are taking large amounts of cargo, it takes 1 hr 10 mins for the passenger and cargo ferry to make the crossing. 

There is a new ferry terminal called Mosquito Pier but it’s not open to the public yet. Currently, the pier is on the town of Isabel II and doesn’t look like a pier. It’s super small and off the main road. You can just walk to the town as soon as you get on the ferry. 

Is Vieques Island expensive? 

Yes, but not overly so. But like any other island in the Caribbean, expect to pay a price for your vacation. The food itself will cost at least $40 for lunch (with a non alcoholic drink and tip).

Hotel prices are an average of $200 per night. The airplane shuttles between Vieques and the main island of Puerto Rico cost an average of $320 round-trip. 

We think Turks and Caicos and other Caribbean Islands are more expensive than going to Vieques overall. However, there are ways to make the trip a bit more affordable in Vieques such as taking the ferry to the island ($2 one way) and renting a car instead of flying. 

Two Day Itinerary in Vieques: Things to do in Vieques Puerto Rico

Most things to do in Vieques can be done within in two days. The island is small and has its charms. While you are in Vieques, your next destination should be in Culebra. Culebra is another island in Puerto Rico and used to be a military facility, so you will see remnants of it when you visit. It has long been a bucket list destination of mine to visit Culebra! 

Alternatively, stay longer in San Juan to explore the other cities and towns on the island. There’s more to the island than Old San Juan or Condado, and is easy to spend more than week exploring the mainland. 

Hopefully, this post helped you plan your trip to Vieques! As always, if you made it this far, thank you. If you feel we have left behind other cool stuff to visit on the island and want to highlight them, feel free to leave us a comment below with your suggestion. 

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Jordan Bell’s Basketball Journey: From Oregon Ducks to Puerto Rico – Success Story

Jordan Bell, a former Oregon Duck who shined in the 2017 NCAA Tournament, has had a varied career since being picked in the second round of the NBA Draft. Despite initial success with the Golden State Warriors, including a 2018 NBA Championship, Bell's career has spanned multiple NBA teams, G-League groups, and international squads. He currently plays for Leones de Ponce in Puerto Rico.

  • Averaged 10.9 points, 8.8 rebounds, and 1.8 assists in his senior year at Oregon.
  • Drafted 38th overall in the 2017 NBA Draft.
  • Teams played for: 3 NBA teams, 3 G-League teams, 2 Chinese teams, and 1 Puerto Rican team.

While Jordan Bell won an NBA Championship with the Warriors, he has struggled to find a stable team, bouncing between different leagues and countries. Despite showing flashes of talent, he has not secured a lasting position on any NBA team since his initial run with Golden State.

  • Currently, Bell is playing for Leones de Ponce in Puerto Rico's Baloncest Superior Nacional.
  • Previously played for the Guangzhou Loong Lions and Guangdong Southern Tigers in China.

Bell will likely continue to seek opportunities both domestically and internationally, aiming for another shot at the NBA or continuing his career overseas, showcasing his talents wherever he can find a platform.

Jordan Bell's career underscores the unpredictable journey of professional athletes, filled with highs like NBA championships and lows like frequent team changes. Despite the challenges, Bell's dedication to basketball has kept his career alive across the globe.

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US Border Patrol apprehends 13 undocumented migrants from the Dominican Republic in Puerto Rico

AGUADILLA, Puerto Rico –US Border Patrol agents apprehended 13 undocumented migrants from the Dominican Republic that made landfall onboard a vessel Thursday morning in Villa Pesquera, Isabela.                                        

On May 16, at approximately 12:18 AM, Ramey Sector Border Patrol Agents responded to a maritime smuggling event and discovered an abandoned vessel on shore.  The vessel is described as a 30-ft blue in color homemade vessel with one 40hp Mercury outboard engine.

The nine non-citizens were transported to the Ramey Border Patrol Station for removal proceedings.

This smuggling event followed a prior incident where Border Patrol agents and Puerto Rico Police apprehended 46 non-citizens and found a deceased female. 

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NSF announces pilot phase and anticipated opening date of Arecibo C3 at the site of the NSF Arecibo Observatory Historic District in Puerto Rico 

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As excitement builds for the grand opening of the new U.S. National Science Foundation Arecibo Center for Culturally Relevant and Inclusive Science Education, Computational Skills, and Community Engagement (NSF Arecibo C3) , anticipated in November 2024, NSF is pleased to announce the start of a pilot phase this summer, engaging small groups of local students and educators to test the center's activities and exhibits.  

"We are thrilled to announce the pilot phase of NSF Arecibo C3, marking a significant step toward realizing NSF's vision of a dynamic science center open to all, fostering curiosity, innovation and exploration," said NSF Director Sethuraman Panchanathan. "As we prepare for the grand opening later this fall, we look forward to engaging communities from across Puerto Rico and welcoming everyone to a center that will spark a passion for STEM and inspire future generations of scientists and researchers." 

This phase will be conducted by invitation only via focus group activities in the summer. During this period, the center will remain closed to the public . The insights collected from this pilot phase will help shape the center's future as it approaches its anticipated opening celebration in November 2024.   

An investment of $5 million over five years was announced last September, spearheaded by a collaboration between Universidad del Sagrado Corazón; University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras; University of Maryland, Baltimore County; and Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory. Arecibo C3 will feature a research laboratory and an interactive science center that will focus on scientific themes, research and innovations. This will be presented through exhibitions, educational programming, science talks, films and enrichment activities for children, families, educators and the general public.  

The center aims to uphold and extend the Arecibo Observatory's legacy of leadership within Puerto Rico and the STEM community. It aims to expand student research and workforce development opportunities, foster professional development and support collaborative research between faculty, K-12 teachers and students in Puerto Rico and the U.S. mainland. One of the standout features of the science center will be the "Arecibo Observatory Legacy Exhibition," celebrating the observatory's contributions to astronomy and scientific discovery. 

During this phase, NSF Arecibo C3 will work with students and educators to trial programming that will connect with a broad set of science, technology, engineering and mathematics topics. These include interactive molecular biology and genomics workshops, pedagogical modules in astronomy, community-focused computing and convergent research and teaching on climate change and biodiversity. Plans also include redeveloping exhibition spaces to celebrate the site's history and reflect the diversity of STEM opportunities that will be developed moving forward. 

"Co-creation is vital to the programs we have envisioned at NSF Arecibo C3, and this pilot phase will allow us to understand the curiosity, talents, and interests within the communities we will serve. We feel a deep commitment to honoring the legacy of the observatory, and now the goal is to work with all of Puerto Rico to bring new life and opportunities to this space for science, creating a new landmark that people worldwide can continue to be inspired by," said Jason Williams, NSF Arecibo C3 lead investigator, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory. 

Throughout the next few months, NSF will highlight the diverse programs and on-site activities taking place during the pilot phase on social media, featuring sneak peeks into the center, behind-the-scenes glimpses into preparations, and testimonials from participants, all aimed at building excitement leading up to the November opening.  

Follow NSF on social media to stay updated on the latest news and announcements as the countdown to the anticipated grand opening of NSF Arecibo C3 in November begins.   

Visit www.areciboc3.org for opportunities to get involved and be part of this transformative initiative.  

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Nsf anuncia fase piloto y fecha prevista de apertura de arecibo c3 en el sitio del distrito histórico del observatorio de arecibo en puerto rico    .

A medida que aumenta el entusiasmo por la gran inauguración del nuevo Centro de Arecibo para la Educación Científica Culturalmente Relevante e Inclusiva, Habilidades Computacionales y Participación Comunitaria (NSF Arecibo C3), prevista para noviembre de 2024, la Fundación Nacional de Ciencias de los Estados Unidos se complace en anunciar el inicio de la fase piloto este verano, el cual involucrará a pequeños grupos de estudiantes y educadores locales para probar las actividades y exhibiciones del centro.

"Estamos encantados de anunciar la fase piloto de NSF Arecibo C3, lo que marca un paso significativo hacia la realización de la visión de NSF de un centro científico dinámico abierto a todos, fomentando la curiosidad, la innovación y la exploración", dijo el director de NSF, Sethuraman Panchanathan. "Mientras nos preparamos para la gran inauguración a finales de este año, esperamos dar la bienvenida a comunidades de todo Puerto Rico a un centro que despertará la pasión por STEM e inspirará a futuras generaciones de científicos e investigadores".

Esta fase se llevará a cabo únicamente por invitación a través de actividades de grupos de enfoque durante el verano. Durante este periodo el centro permanecerá cerrado al público . Los conocimientos recopilados en esta fase piloto ayudarán a dar forma al futuro del centro a medida que se acerca su celebración de inauguración prevista en noviembre de 2024. 

En septiembre pasado se anunció una inversión de $5 millones, por cinco años, encabezada por una colaboración entre la Universidad del Sagrado Corazón; Universidad de Puerto Rico, Río Piedras; Universidad de Maryland, condado de Baltimore; y el Laboratorio Cold Spring Harbor. NSF Arecibo C3 contará con un laboratorio de investigación y un centro científico interactivo que se concentrará en temas científicos, investigaciones e innovaciones. Esto se presentará a través de exposiciones, programación educativa, charlas científicas, películas y actividades de enriquecimiento para niños, familias, educadores y público en general. 

El centro tiene como objetivo preservar y ampliar el legado del Observatorio de Arecibo dentro de Puerto Rico y la comunidad STEM. Su objetivo es ampliar la investigación estudiantil y las oportunidades de desarrollo de la fuerza laboral, fomentar el desarrollo profesional y apoyar la investigación colaborativa entre profesores, maestros K-12 y estudiantes en Puerto Rico y Estados Unidos. Una de las características destacadas del centro científico será la "Exposición del Legado del Observatorio de Arecibo", que celebrará las contribuciones del observatorio a la astronomía y los descubrimientos científicos. 

Durante esta fase, NSF Arecibo C3 trabajará con estudiantes y educadores para probar una programación que se conectará con un amplio conjunto de temas de ciencia, tecnología, ingeniería y matemáticas. Estos incluyen talleres interactivos de biología molecular y genómica, módulos pedagógicos en astronomía, informática centrada en la comunidad e investigación y enseñanza convergentes sobre el cambio climático y la biodiversidad. Los planes también incluyen la remodelación de espacios de exhibición para celebrar la historia del sitio y reflejar la diversidad de oportunidades STEM que se desarrollarán en el futuro. 

"La cocreación es vital para los programas que hemos imaginado en NSF Arecibo C3, y esta fase piloto nos permitirá comprender la curiosidad, los talentos y los intereses dentro de las comunidades a las que serviremos. Sentimos un profundo compromiso de honrar el legado del observatorio, y ahora el objetivo es trabajar con todo Puerto Rico para traer nueva vida y oportunidades a este espacio para la ciencia, creando un nuevo hito en el que la gente de todo el mundo pueda seguir inspirándose", dijo Jason Williams, líder investigador de NSF Arecibo C3, Laboratorio Cold Spring Harbor. 

A lo largo de los próximos meses, NSF destacará los diversos programas y actividades que se llevarán a cabo durante la fase piloto en las redes sociales, presentando adelantos del centro, preparativos y testimonios de los participantes, todos dirigidos a generar entusiasmo antes de la inauguración en noviembre. 

Siga a NSF en las redes sociales para mantenerse actualizado sobre las últimas noticias y anuncios a medida que comienza la cuenta regresiva para la gran inauguración anticipada de NSF Arecibo C3 en noviembre. 

Visite www.areciboc3.org para conocer oportunidades de involucrarse y ser parte de esta iniciativa transformadora. 

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