August in Costa Rica is officially recognized as Science and Technology Month, meaning locals have a number of opportunities to attend science-related fairs and presentations.
The events kick off as Expo Ciencia, Tecnología e Innovación starts today and continues until Sunday at the Casa del Cuño. There are expected to be more than 20 information stands that pertain to health, water and the environment and food technologies. These are meant to show Costa Ricans how science works within the scope of everyday life.
The Casa del Cuño is the glass structure just east of the Antigua Aduana on Calle 23 in east San Jose.
There will also be forums and exhibitions on video games, digital television in Costa Rica, Ipv6 Internet, and cyber-security.
Since health will be a major talking point at the expo, there will be a roundtable of experts who will discuss the dengue and Chikungunya diseases that pose a threat to the country. University researchers as well as the health ministry’s surveillance director, Ethel Trejos, will take part in the open discussions in an effort to inform locals about the viruses transmitted through the Aedes aegypti mosquito.
A calendar of additional activities happening during Science and Technology Month is on the Ministerio de Ciencia, Tecnología y Telecomunicaciones Web site