Ecopetrol Award for Innovation
Ecopetrol has entered into a strategic alliance with Colciencias, in order to join efforts to build capabilities in research, technological development and innovation in the new ´Energy for the Future´ line, from the learning spaces for early childhood through to doctoral training, coordinating different initiatives in pursuit of national development.
As a joint undertaking arising from the aforementioned agreement, the Children and Youth Award for Innovation is implemented and launched, as a mechanism that seeks to promote spaces for inquiry, reflection, research and innovation around learning spaces for science, technology and culture amongst the country´s children and youth.
The award is a recognition, at the departmental, regional and national level, for children and youth groups that present research results in any knowledge area, which have an impact and a significant contribution to innovation, with this understood as being a response to a specific need from a social process, with cultural changes.
Children´s and youth´s research groups belonging to the Ondas program from the country´s 32 departments and district capital may take part in the competition, who belong to institutions of primary and secondary education of an official nature, and whose research results represent a significant contribution to innovation. These projects will be presented and receive awards at the Children and Youth Science, Technology and Innovation Fairs, at the departmental, regional and national levels. Each group should be comprised of children and/or young students, with their accompanying co-investigator teachers.
?Ecopetrol ? Colciencias Departmental Award for Innovation?
The award-winning group in each Departmental Children and Youth Science, Technology and Innovation Fair, will receive a technology kit consisting of a laptop and a video beam.
?Ecopetrol ? Colciencias Regional Award for Innovation?
The award-winning group in each Regional Children and Youth Science, Technology and Innovation Fair, will receive funds of three million pesos to strengthen the research work and its products, with a view to participation in the National Fair.
?Ecopetrol ? Colciencias National Award for Innovation?
Three winning groups will be awarded in the National Children and Youth Science, Technology and Innovation Fair, corresponding to 1st, 2nd and 3rd places. Each group will receive a school laboratory kit for their educational institute in accordance with their research topic.