New science magazine celebrates island wisdom and science

Emphasizing the significance of traditional knowledge in science, the University of Guam Center for Island Sustainability and Sea Grant unveiled the inaugural issue of CHalan Deskubre magazine on December 9, at the Micronesia Mall, with this theme at its core. 

CHalan Deskubre isn’t your typical magazine—it is a place-based STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) publication designed specifically for kids on Guam and the region, encouraging them to adopt a scientific mindset and explore the world beyond their classrooms. 

Additionally, the magazine incorporates art to creatively show scientific concepts and foster a visually engaging learning experience for young readers, intertwining imagination with the exploration of STEAM subjects. 

The first issue focuses on science and traditional wisdom, highlighting how the knowledge from our island communities contributes to scientific advancements and innovative practices. Subsequent issues will revolve around themes that spotlight the resources unique to Guam and other islands in the region, aligning with the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals. 

“This magazine (CHalan Deskubre) was designed specifically for you. I hope that you take the opportunity to explore the magazine,” said Sharleen SantosBamba, PhD,  UOG Senior Vice President and Provost. 

Santos-Bamba added, “It is great partnerships like these that allows us to provide services and information and scholarship to our Guam community and our region. “  

CHalan Deskubre embodies UOG’s commitment to scientific and place-based learning, according to Austin Shelton, PhD, Director of the UOG Center for Island Sustainability and Sea Grant. 

He said, “CHalan Deskubre, is crafted to ignite curiosity and discovery, guiding children onto a path of scientific inquiry.” 

This is the first time that we are going to have a science magazine that teaches you about the islands around you,” Shelton added. 

For the publication of the magazine, the UOG Center for Island Sustainability and Sea Grant received funding from the Education Stabilization Funds (ESF) for the “Innovating Through Pandemic Challenges to Deliver Place-Based Education in Marine, Environmental, and Sustainability Sciences” program. The ESF funding is a key component of the Governor of Guam’s Education Assistance and Youth Empowerment Grant Program. 

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