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Young Ural region residents and their mentors go to an educational shift at MIPT

Young Ural region residents and their mentors go to an educational shift at MIPT

29.03.2024 — News

From March 18 to 31, a free physics, mathematics, and IT workshop is being conducted for schoolchildren and their teachers from the Perm Territory and the Sverdlovsk Region at the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (MIPT) and Kapitsa Physics and Technology Lyceum in Dolgoprudny, near Moscow. In 2024, the joint project between the Empathy Charitable Foundation created by Mikhail Shelkov, VSMPO-AVISMA Corporation shareholder, and the Fiztech-Schools Development Foundation involved 60 students from 9th to 10th grades and 15 teachers from over 10 cities.

The program encompasses preparation for school Olympiads and the Unified State Exam (USE) in physics, mathematics, and computer science, along with professional development courses for teachers. Children and teachers had a unique opportunity to be trained by the best teachers of MIPT. As per the press service of the Empathy Foundation reported by RusBusinessNews, schoolchildren received lectures from Russian mathematician Andrei Raigorodsky and candidate of physical and mathematical sciences Pavel Ostanin. Meanwhile, classes with teachers were led by Leonid Koldunov, the deputy director for educational affairs at Fiztech School.

Before lunch, the participants of the workshop engage in subject lectures and seminars, while after lunch, they enjoy excursions to laboratories and attend popular science lectures. In the evenings, everyone can look forward to an entertainment program. There will also be excursions around Moscow, to the Museum of Cosmonautics, to VDNKh, and a separate sightseeing program in the Technopark of Kapitsa Fiztech-Liceum.

During the visit to the Technopark in the first week of the shift, teachers participated in the round table session titled "Science at School: Reality or Illusion." Andrei Bogdanov, Executive Director of the Fiztech Schools Development Foundation, and Mikhail Shelkov, founder of Empathy, joined the discussion. Together, they discussed the necessary steps to develop science practices among school students.
"Paradoxically, the more we learn, the more our eyes get blurred. At the same time, key discoveries took place precisely when a person questioned the theoretical knowledge known to them. Therefore, I believe it is crucial for students as well as teachers to develop critical thinking: to argue, question, and verify any information. Immersion in the scientific environment of MIPT and Technopark will help 60 children participating in the project to be inspired by their own experiments, and 15 teachers – to refresh their knowledge and go beyond the usual boundaries to inspire the next generations of children – future scientists-physicists, mathematicians, programmers, and engineers", – says Mikhail Shelkov.

"Educators are the category of people for whom I have the greatest respect. It is those educators who know how to get kids fired up, to fight and search, to find and not give up. "This is the most crucial quality of a teacher – to instill motivation, to impart knowledge," says Andrei Bogdanov. "If we contemplate about science in schools – can science truly exist in schools?" Conducting comprehensive scientific research with practical implementation can indeed be challenging. However, initiating the first steps, such as engaging in initial research or project work, is crucial. It might make a qualitative study, but it's rare. The crucial aspect here is that teachers play a pivotal role in determining whether a child chooses to pursue a path in science or not. But providing initial motivation to children, allowing them to experience the essence of real science, and guiding them towards engineering, technical, or scientific disciplines is entirely feasible."

Getting interested in and learning to love science is the educator's job, he summarizes.
Thanks to the support from Empathy, participation in the workshop was provided free of charge for both students and teachers. This included transportation to the venue, accommodation, meals, training sessions, and excursions.
Photo: VSMPO-AVISMA Corporation Press Service


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