San José – April 18, 2016
Ambassador Haney Remarks
Good morning distinguished Ambassador Macaya,
Sandra Cauffman, Senior scientist and project manager with NASA
Teachers and students from Costa Rica and the U.S
Buenos días distinguido Embajador Macaya.
It is a great honor and privilege to be here with you this morning and share this great experience with Ambassador Macaya and Sandra Cauffman.
My name is S. Fitzgerald Haney and I am the U.S. Ambassador to Costa Rica. I arrived here in July 2015 with my family. I have four children, three on them in elementary school like you.
I am very excited to be here and see how students from both Costa Rica and the United States are using technology to exchange ideas and experiences as you build your interest in science, technology, engineering, and math. This program is creating an important connection between schools in both countries.
Today marks an exciting time for the Centro Educativo Bilingue Sonny in Cartago, the Nueva Escuela Laboratorio Emma Gamboa in San Pedro, and their sister school in the United States, the Centreville Elementary School. I heard that you have been learning with and from each other since October. Congratulations! The goal of this partnership is to allow creative students with critical thinking and good communication and collaboration to share what they know with each other.
Ambassador Macaya visited Centreville Elementary School last year and is there again, but today he is accompanied by Sandra Cauffman, a very well-known Costa Rican scientist. She is a woman who, when she was your age, had dreams and worked very hard for them to come true. Your dreams and aspirations to work in science, technology, engineering, and math are very, very important to both our countries.
To quote President Barack Obama:
“Science is more than a school subject, or the periodic table, or the properties of waves. It is an approach to the world, a critical way to understand and explore and engage with the world, and then have the capacity to change that world…”
This is why your schools want you to develop these skills, because you will need them to succeed in tomorrow’s workforce and to shape the future of your countries and the world.
But as Ms. Cauffman has told young people like you here in Costa Rica during her visits with them “things do not come easy. You have to work for what you want. ”
I’m delighted that you are all here today, ready to share your dreams, and ways to make them come true.
I wish the students of all three schools participating in this exciting program the best of luck.