Skoltech will take part in the School of New Technological Skills (SNTS) project, along with three other project partner universities.
The project gives graduate and PhD students an opportunity to try on the role of mentors by developing innovative learning programs and using them to mentor gifted 10th and 11th graders.
The project is run by the Russian Foundation for Educational Development (RFED) with the support of the Ministry of Education of the Russian Federation and Innopraktika non-governmental development institute, in partnership with the Rybakov Foundation.
The goal of SNTS is to identify gifted school children and create new educational support instruments in mathematics, natural sciences and technology, while providing university enrolment guidance and support.
The educational program target areas include:
- Robotic Technology,
- Information Technologies,
- Space Technology,
- Fundamental sciences (Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry).
Skoltech will focus primarily on developing Big Data Analysis programs.
Most of the training will be conducted online, with some elements taught at extended learning institutions fitted with state-of-the-art equipment, such as VR helmets, 3D printers and microcontrollers, including the federal network of children’s technoparks, Quantorium, and the IT education network for children, IT-cube.
Enhanced involvement of children in project activities will help cultivate skilled professionals for the science and technology fields.
The students who successfully complete the program will win additional points for their Unified State Exam (USE) score.
The future mentors will take an online course, “Flexible Project Competencies”, and attend an RFED full-time training session aimed at developing soft skills and the ability to create teaching scenarios, and introducing the project-based learning concept. Also, SNTS will encourage networking to help public corporations and private businesses to interact with mentors.
SNTS organizers expect that the project’s nation-wide outreach will bolster systemic changes, with gifted school children and their highly motivated mentors from leading universities becoming the innovative economy drivers.
Other universities involved in the project along with Skoltech are MIPT, Bauman MSTU, and ITMO.
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