About us

Ciencia Joven is made up of a group of people motivated to transform STEM education in Latin America and train young leaders who actively participate in society. We are currently generating an impact in Chile, Paraguay, Argentina, and Uruguay.

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Our history

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Ciencia Joven Foundation is born

From the idea of engaging science in a comprehensive way, Oscar Contreras-Villarroel and Marjorie Parra invited a group of people passionate about science to design and run the first scientific camp in Chile.

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Kimlu Science Camp begins

A program was designed to enhance the leadership of young people in STEM in Latin America, so that they have a positive impact on society through the resolution of local and global problems.

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The Innovation Award in Scientific Education is created (until 2016)

This initiative was born with the support of UNESCO and recognizes and disseminates projects, programs or products that have a great innovative component and positive impact on scientific education.

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Kimkelen Science Camp begins (until 2017)

This camp was created to support teachers and professors from Chile on teaching methodologies in science, encouraging the implementation of school scientific projects with students and promoting educational leadership.

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Ciencia Joven Academies is born in Chile

It was carried out in Quilicura (RM, Chile) in alliance with Google, supporting different establishments in the implementation of a scientific academy that strengthens the work of teachers and supports students with scientific or engineering research projects.

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Falling Walls Lab Chile starts

In alliance with the DAAD and the Valparaíso Interdisciplinary Neuroscience Center, this innovative format contest began, where young people got to present their ideas in front of a jury that selected the Chilean candidate for the world event.

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Ciencia Joven Academies starts in Argentina and expands in Chile

Given the success and the opportunity to identify where to make an impact, the program began in Buenos Aires, Argentina. In addition, work began in other communes in the Metropolitan and Valparaíso regions in Chile.

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Ciencia Joven at Home Academies is born

Due to the pandemic, a program was designed to provide a platform for the development of scientific and leadership skills for young people in Latin America from their homes, with more than 360 students from 8 countries being impacted.

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Ciencia Joven Academies for Teachers is born

They were implemented with the purpose of providing training opportunities in STEM education to teachers from Chile and Argentina.

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Falling Walls Engage Hub Argentina starts

Aiming to create a community of people related to science engagement, the first Science Engagement Hub for Latin America was organized together with the Falling Walls Foundation.

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Ciencia Joven Academies for Schools is born

This new program was designed to recover the work done in previous years with educational establishments in Chile and Argentina.

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Aldea Bayer Kimlu Transformation

It became the new training program for young leaders in STEM with social impact in Latin America.

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Work force

Our team works in Chile, Argentina, Uruguay, and Paraguay. It is made up of a board of directors that guide the foundation’s strategic work, a team of people who contribute their talents and abilities, and a council of young people who have participated in our programs.

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Who have we worked with and where? Who are our partners? Learn about everything we have done over the years in our annual reports.

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At Ciencia Joven Foundation we work remotely and together from different parts of Latin America to change STEM education. Therefore, if you want to contact us, you can send us an email or a direct message in our social media accounts, or through the form available below.