Equipe do ICBEU Manaus participa de treinamento virtual dos Espaços Americanos com a participação do Embaixador Americano Todd Chapman

Nossa Supervisora de Tecnologia Educacional, Claudia Malheiros, juntamente com as EducationUSA Advisers do Icbeu Manaus, Isa Akel e Soraya Moresi, participaram do treinamento virtual dos Espaços Americanos, curso promovido pela Embaixada dos Estados Unidos no Brasil, com a participação do Embaixador Todd Chapman. A teacher Claudia foi escolhida para discutir sobre o tema ‘Intelectual Property’ com o Embaixador americano, e teve seu discurso muito elogiado. Confira o discurso completo:

“Good Afternoon Mr. Ambassador, Good Afternoon to the whole embassy team, and colleagues!

On behalf of one of the BNCs in Northern Brazil, I am truly honored to be talking to you. I am From ICBEU Manaus, and this lovely city is situated in a strategic area at the heart of the Amazon Region. We are surrounded by 60% of the Amazon Rainforest and also by a modern Industrial District with more than 600 hundred cutting-edge industries. Names such as Procter & Gamble, Harley Davidson, Coca Cola, Crown Packing, 3M Company, and many other International and Brazilian companies.

As an American Space, my eyes shine when I think of all the possibilities we could foster through partnerships with some of those companies. Along those two years of Makerspace, we have already built a few joint ventures with some industries. For Example, on May 20th, we started producing Face Shields for medics and other professionals. The school was closed to the pandemic; two people initiated the project. A few weeks later, we had the financial support of a few companies and the local community through social media. We have donated more than 3000 face shields printed by our 3D machines to hospitals, public schools, police departments, nursing homes, and others. It’s a small gesture; however, donations have crossed Amazon’s borders and reached the city of Petrolina, in the Northwest of Brazil, to its local University Hospital, to whom we sent a hundred face shields two days ago.

Taking this excellent virtual training, and remembering your words when you inspired us with James W. Foley’s poem, it became more apparent that when we drop a pebble in the water, it sure has the power to affect a mighty river. As teachers, we are always looking for ways to promote the joy of learning and fundamental values such as dignity, fairness, responsibility, freedom, and ethics. That is one of the reasons I chose to explore the Intellectual Property Tool kit. When we teach our students to respect and protect ideas, we are working for the greater good. We are motivating good business—otherwise, lots of money invested in researches and innovations would be wasted by the illegal industry of crime. The capacity to invest, create, and protect property rights will give strong support to the economy and national security of any country. Thus this cause must be in our hearts since we are running spaces where we motivate participants and students to think, share, and innovate.

In conclusion, this virtual training made me redirect our strategies as an American Space. If we want to make bigger waves, I learned that it is essential to seek partnerships with organizations, companies, and volunteers that share our core pillars. We will continue to prioritize fundraising so that the waves we produce can reach mighty oceans, and we can positively impact more and more lives with ethical values. As we have learned with Laura, Rita, the whole Embassy team, and all the training participants, we have to go above and beyond, and service is at the heart of all our American spaces. Last but not least, I would like to be on the waiting list to welcome you kindly to visit our BNC in Manaus, and once again, thank you all for this unique and enlightening course!”

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