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Happy International Women’s Day!

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Happy International Women's Day!

08.03.2024 |

Happy 8th of March!

This is the day we celebrate the significant role of women in society. After all, without the contribution of women, the world as we know it would not be the same. Let us admire the strength, perseverance, talent, and grace with which women achieve their goals.

Today, we want to remember some of the most influential ladies in the world of technology.

Let’s start with the renowned Ada Lovelace, born on December 10, 1815, in London. She is the first programmer in history. Ada developed an algorithm for a computing machine, considered the precursor to modern programming. The programming language “Ada” is named in her honor. In addition to her work in computer science, Lovelace is also known for her translations and commentaries on scientific works, as well as for publishing many articles and essays on various topics.

Next is the great Hedy Lamarr, born on November 9, 1914, in Vienna. She was considered the “Most Beautiful Woman in Europe.” Besides her exotic appearance and acting skills, she was also a great inventor. Hedy developed frequency-hopping technology, which is used in today’s world to improve the signal of wireless communications and Wi-Fi networks.

An interesting fact is that she moved from Germany to the United States and changed her stage name. After the outbreak of World War II, Hedy decided to serve her new homeland. She was appointed to fulfill obligations in defense.

Margaret Hamilton, born on August 17, 1936, is an American computer scientist, systems engineer, and entrepreneur. She is known for her work at NASA and is responsible for developing software that helped successfully land a man on the Moon in 1969.

Before her work at NASA, she was involved in the production of the musicals “Michael” and “Ray” as an actress in Manhattan. This diversity in her career shows that her talent and interests have ranged from acting to technology and computer science.

Ginni Rometty, born on July 29, 1957, is the first woman to become CEO of IBM in the company’s history. She is one of the most influential women in the technology industry and is known for leading IBM through a period of significant change and innovation.

As a final note, let’s pay attention to a significant and unique achievement in Bulgarian history. This achievement belongs to Rayna Kasabova, the Bulgarian woman remembered in history as the first woman in the world to participate in a combat flight. During the Balkan War (1912 – 1913), Rayna Kasabova, at the age of 15, voluntarily worked in a field hospital near Edirne. On October 30, 1913, she participated in a combat flight with the airplane “Voazen,” under the command of Second Lieutenant Stefan Kalinov. Thus, Rayna Kasabova inscribed her name in world history as the first female pioneer in aviation.

 

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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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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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