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The staff members of KSTU will help schoolchildren study intricacies of applied research
31 december 2019
NGO “Small Academy” with the support from WWF-Russia organizes a course of lectures and practical exercises for middle and senior students of schools of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky.
Research in the field of ecology, pollution control, the study of the species inhabiting water bodies and even the food preferences of fish - all these topics will certainly be interesting to Kamchatka schoolchildren. The staff of the Kamchatka State Technical University (KSTU) are confident in this. They held a meeting with teachers from schools in the regional capital and met the clear interest of teachers in joint scientific and practical work.
“We suggested that the teachers, together with their students, choose the topics of lectures within our course that will be interesting and useful to them in the current and further education process. Some of the topics proposed concern salmon biology, the problems of the competent use of Kamchatka's natural resources, and the basics of good nutrition. First of all, we focus on secondary and high schools, but we are ready to work with younger students,” said Alexander Bonk, head of the Department of Marine Resources, Fisheries and Aquaculture of Kamchatka State Technical University, co-founder of the NGO "Small Academy".
Annually, the university hosts scientific conferences. One of them, taking place in March, is the All-Russian conference, which covers all faculties. The other one takes place directly at the Technological Department, in November. Schoolkids will be able to make presentations at any of them, and both their own teachers and university lecturers will help them preparing the reports.
“Schoolchildren will be able to take part in applied research together with our students. For our part, we provide the basis for scientific and practical activities, helping children to delve deeper into the details of scientific work. In addition, we are ready to help teachers in preparing materials for complementary classes in schools," said Alexander Bonk.
NGO "Small Academy" will hold its first classes at the Kamchatka State Technical University in January. But even after the end of the school year, lecturers do not intend to stop cooperation with schools. Summer programs are currently under development.
NGO “Small Academy” was created to implement programs of additional education for schoolchildren and youth in the direction of ecology and the rational use of natural resources. One of the founders is Kamchatka State Technical University.