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Issyk-Kul hosts a STEM camp for girls

Date of the event: 06-12 January

Language: Russian

Regional Institute of Central Asia is organizing a week-long STEM camp for 20 young women and girls from January 6 to January 12, 2020, as part of the project “Enhancing the competencies of young women from rural areas of Kyrgyzstan through Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education” with the support of The Canada Fund for Local Initiatives (CFLI-2019-ASTNA-KG-0009). The project is aimed at teaching young girls from rural areas of Issyk-Kul region through STEM methods and technologies, as well as improving the skills of secondary school teachers in the region in applying these methods in teaching.

During the week-long camp, experienced experts in the fields of STEM, mathematics, computer science, chemistry, physics, and business development, startup, and project management will introduce participants to the concept of STEM and intensively teach them the basics of science, mathematics, and computer science and help them acquire new competencies.  The camp is held in an interactive format for effective learning of the material with the use of tasks for leadership, teamwork, development of critical and logical thinking in the field of STEM and STEAM.

The STEM camp is attended by young women and girls aged 15-20 years, schoolgirls and students from the Issyk-Kul region. Elena Chigibayeva, co-founder and Chairman of the Board of Tekayym, a graduate of the Techwomen 2018 program, Asel Kubanychbekova, Director of the Women’s entrepreneurship development Fund, Women Deliver Young Leaders Program fellow, and Ambassador of the 5 Sustainable Development Goals were invited as trainers; Sagintai kyzy Nazira and Zhanara Koomanova, teachers of mathematics and computer science at Issyk-Kul state University, graduates of Erasmus+ and Mevlana programs, participants of the TOT program in Karakol, which was held as part of the project in December 2019.  In the camp program, the girls will take a sample ORT tests in mathematics and chemistry, work on social and commercial projects, learn how to develop mobile applications and prepare slymes, lollipops, and flavors with their own hands, thereby learn what chemical and physical processes are taking place.  Girls can demonstrate their acquired skills through the implementation of their social and commercial projects after completing the camp.

As part of the project, it is planned to conduct pilot classes using new techniques in secondary schools acquired as a result of the PROJECT and at the final conference, pilot groups of teachers and girls will demonstrate the results of their projects and lessons.  This project was made possible by the support of the Canada Fund for Local Initiatives.

The initiator of the project Regional Institute of Central Asia attracts experienced instructors, trainers, and innovative teachers in order to arise interest in STEM education, as well as to draw attention to the education of girls and their support in professional development.  RICA will make every effort to implement this project effectively and is ready to cooperate with interested organizations in solving the above tasks.


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