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The Women and Girls in Science 2024 (WGS24) challenge

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The Women and Girls in Science 2024 (WGS24) challenge

01.03.2024 |

  • The Women and Girls in Science 2024 (WGS24) challenge, organised by the NATO Science
    & Technology Organization (STO) is an event for female university students and early career
    researchers, up to 30 years old. The goal of the WGS24 challenge is to inspire young women
    to pursue studies in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) and to bring more diversity to those disciplines.The challenge launches on 8 February 2024, in celebration of the United Nations Day for
    Women & Girls in Science 2024 (11 February 2024), with a call for research proposals. The
    shortlisted participants will take part in the challenge finale at NATO Headquarters (HQ)
    (Brussels, Belgium) on 30 May 2024.

    WGS24 Challenge:
  • Scope: Participants will be asked to submit a short research proposal, guided by the following
    question: What research idea would you like to see NATO realise over the next five years?
    The proposals should address at least one of the following NATO S&T focus areas: energy
    security, climate change, human security, societal resilience. The ideas can either aim to solve
    an existing issue or prevent its evolution.
  • Audience: This challenge is tailored to young female university students (bachelor, master,
    PhD) and early career researchers up to 30 years old, who are nationals of NATO countries.
  • Description: The competition will be conducted as follows:o Call for research proposals: The challenge starts with a call for proposals. Participants
    are invited to fill in a Google application form in English by 21 April 2024, 23:59 CET,
    encompassing their visionary ideas in 1,300 words.o Shortlisting process: Following the submission phase, our experts will shortlist the top
    twelve (12) applications based on criteria including novelty, relevance, coherence,
    feasibility and potential positive impact on society. Shortlisted candidates will receive an
    invitation to the finale at NATO HQ to present their recommendations in person.

    o WGS24 Finale: The finale will take place on Thursday 30 May 2024 at NATO HQ. Each
    participant will be allocated 10 minutes to present their idea, followed by a 5-minute Q&A
    session. The winners will be determined by a jury of STO experts.

    o Award: The best three participants will be awarded with a trip to the NATO STO Centre
    for Maritime Research and Experimentation (CMRE) – a world-class scientific research
    and experimentation laboratory located in La Spezia, Italy.

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Digital skills for ICT professionals

Digital technology

Artificial Intelligence

Software Engineering

Digital Skills

With the advent of artificial intelligence, teachers will be mentors rather than lecturers

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With the advent of artificial intelligence, teachers will be mentors rather than lecturers

01.03.2024 |

With the introduction of artificial intelligence (AI) into the sphere of education, teachers will rather be mentors than lecturers, commented Krasimir Stoev, a specialist in software technology training, who was a lecturer at a seminar for directors and teachers from Varna on how to work with Chat GPT, to the Bulgarian News Agency (BTA). The main organizer of the meeting was the Center for Creative Learning in partnership with the Regional Education Administration in the seaside city.

Artificial intelligence is an assistant – to both teachers and students, whether it is used for good or harm depends on the user, Stoev pointed out. According to him, the major fears that AI will take over the world are not justified, as it is not an autonomous entity and cannot provide unsolicited content. Teachers should encourage and guide the use of artificial intelligence so that students can receive the best, Stoev added. He clarified that a few days ago the Ministry of Education has issued guidelines to promote the use of AI in the educational system, which will be distributed to all directors and teachers. Stoev himself participated in the working group that developed the guidelines and specified that they envisage teachers using AI to generate content, create tasks, tests, as well as for their assessment. This will ease the enormous daily burden that prevents teachers from paying individual attention to their students, Stoev further said.

Asked how teachers will “catch” children if their homework is done by AI, especially in exact sciences, the expert indicated that it is necessary to change the method of assessment. In the new reality, approaches must change, and the goal of teachers should not be to see correctly solved tasks but properly developed skills because tasks are actually a means to enhance children’s expertise, Stoev pointed out. He was categorical that the modern digital generation should be provided with information in an adequate manner. Stoev added that as a teacher, he wanted AI to generate a lesson on biology about bees for him and received a narrative about how insects have a built-in GPS system and thus find hives, how they tag and like colors and aromas. Artificial intelligence uses words that are understandable and interesting to young people, and every teacher can take advantage of this, explained the expert. He added that AI capabilities can be used for every subject, including physical education and drawing.

According to Stoev, in the future, teachers will have the task of giving their students so-called soft skills – passing on experience, valuable advice, motivating and encouraging them, teaching them discipline. The expert’s position was that AI could be actively used by children after the 5th grade, by which time they should develop skills for debating and presenting their opinions with arguments. However, there are no obstacles for teachers to be good users of AI, even those in kindergartens, to generate games, Stoev concluded.

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Digital skills for all

Digital technology

Artificial Intelligence

HELLO SPACE | BULGARIA CALLING IS COMMING BACK!

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HELLO SPACE | BULGARIA CALLING IS COMMING BACK!

01.03.2023 |

The fourth edition of the youth science festival “HELLO SPACE, Bulgaria Calling” returns on June 25 in Sofia Tech Park under the patronage of the Ministry of Education and Science. 

The festival maintains its focus on space exploration and STEAM fields and continues to be an inspiring educational event for children of all ages, their parents and teachers.

This year, HELLO SPACE will once again be filled with a variety of activities to spark imaginations and dreams of exploring the universe and beyond. We have prepared a myriad of amazing activities for young and old, including a live chat with a NASA astronaut, fascinating science workshops, interactive exhibitions, thought-provoking lectures and engaging demonstrations.

This year’s edition will also focus more on the A in STEAM, namely ARTS, with the programme featuring a host of artistic activities including virtual reality and image generation workshops through artificial intelligence, painting, exhibitions and much more. All this to open the eyes of Bulgaria’s children to art and aesthetics, which play a vital role in every field, including space science.

As we prepare for our fourth edition, we are aiming for an even more remarkable event that will bring together educators, industry professionals, scientific experts and most of all – the future generation of innovators, astronauts, Nobel laureates and dreamers!

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Digital skills for all

Digital technology

Artificial Intelligence

Cybersecurity

Digital Skills