Costa Rican students will communicate with their counterparts 38 years in the future this month. Unfortunately, the medium is only one-sided.
The Ministerio de Ciencias y Tecnología, the British Embassy, the Instituto Nacional de Aprendizaje and other organizations are collecting letters, photos, graphics and visions of the future in a time capsule, according to a press release from the ministry.
The Centro Nacional de Alta Tecnología will host an event Sept. 26, to publicly display the time capsule, which has been dubbed “Cápsula del Tiempo Odisea 2050.”
Organizers of the project hope to preserve the thoughts and perspectives of students in 2012 so that students in 2050 can have a better understanding of their predecessors.
According to the release, the design is based on a concept developed at the Instituto Tecnológico de Costa Rica, but the
capsule was built by students at the Instituto Nacional de Aprendizaje. The capsule is in the shape of a corn kernel and its dimensions are 50 centimeters long by 50 centimeters high by 20 centimeters wide.
That’s about 20 inches by 20 inches by 8 inches.
The event will also feature a Costa Rican film also called “Odisea 2050,” which focuses on the issue of climate change. According to the release, the 45-minute film approaches climate change from the perspective of young people.
The final deadline for students to submit documents to be enclosed in the time capsule is next Monday. So far, the ministry has collected 200 documents. Students can send their own contributions to the ministry or the British Embassy either through Facebook or through traditional mail.
The exhibition of the time capsule will open at 10:30 a.m. Sept. 26. The event will be at the building of the Centro Nacional de Alta Tecnología in Pavas, 1,300 meters north of the U.S. Embassy.