The population is sparsely distributed in the region, and thus the PCER building will not always be the site of educational courses. PCER is meant to be both a physical space for classes and a base for outreach projects. The principal outreach project in 2012 aims to spread bio-sand water filter technology to other rural communities in the Pantanal region. This goal will be accomplished through workshops at partnered schools taught by University of Michigan engineering undergraduates, graduate students, and graduates. The water filter technology was tested first at PCER; in the future, other technologies will be tested first at PCER before being spread to other areas through workshops at partnered schools in a similar manner.
In 2012, PCER is also launching a program in conjunction with a local school called Nazaré which aims to teach sustainability, technology, and English language through music. Read more here.
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