Students in Puerto Rico Learn about Biotech’s Potential

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About 400 students in grades 5 through 8 wrapped up BioScience Week in Puerto Rico by spending a day at the Caguas Science and Technology Center of the Caribbean (C3tec). The event, sponsored in part by Dow AgroSciences, featured three Dow AgroSciences scientists sharing their stories of the excitement of biotechnology.

Lucy Cruz, an agronomist and Site Leader of the Dow AgroSciences Salinas/Guayama research and development site, was joined by agronomist Marcos Acosta and entomologist Christian Salcedo at the event.

"The idea is to impact our communities,” Cruz told El Nuevo Dia newspaper for a Sept. 29 story. “We want young people to see the agricultural sciences as an alternative profession in the future.”

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Students from several schools in the area took part, visiting the C3tec permanent exhibition "Our Bodies, Our Island, Our Planet" and participating in the "Seed Pollination Workshop" sponsored by Dow AgroSciences.

“Judging by the smiles on the students’ faces and the conversations with the teachers who were really grateful, I can assure you this event was a complete success,” said Luis Colón, Dow’s Puerto Rico Community Outreach Manager. “We definitely had a great impact, and I will definitely expect to see some of those young minds pursuing a science career in the future.”