The Galápagos Science Club is structured to promote the following topics:
1) The debate about social and environmental issues according to the principles of Conservation Biology;
2) The Scientific Method.
To develop these topics, the Club is divided into two approaches:
Approach 1: Discussion about Biodiversity and Conservation based upon concepts from Ecology, Genetics and Evolution, by establishing an interdisciplinary network linking Biology and distinct knowledge areas.
Approach 2: Development of researches following the scientific methods, so the students can define relevant questions and search for answers based on investigation and literature information.
The main goal is to provide an environment where students from Basic Education feel free to discuss about social and environmental issues, thus creating a network of scientific teaching besides bringing awareness to the public about current environmental problems as responsible citizens.
In 2019, the Galápagos Science Club (GSC) is composed of students from seven public schools and federal institutes from Jequié and nearby regions. The staff from the GSC comprises advisors, students and MSc graduates from PPGGBC, as well as undergraduate students of Biological Sciences from UESB.
The meetings take place every week (on Saturdays from 2 PM to 5:30 PM) in the classroom 11 (Profº Manoel Sarmento building) and in the laboratories of Biology, Cytogenetics and Molecular Genetics at UESB. Besides these weekly meetings, the GSC monitors the students during the week at specific schedules outside their routine school activities to assist the participants in their researches and related activities.