2022 International Year of Basic Sciences for sustainable development

 

SCI's 2022 Online Edition

Science Clubs International (SCI) seeks to spark a social transformation by expanding access to high-quality STEM education and collaborative, international networks. We aim to expose students to scientific-educational experiences in an international and inspiring environment.

 

Our second online edition of the SCI will take place during 3 weekends (6-days) throughout one month (September 3-25, 2022 ), offering ten free online workshops (Clubes) for high school and college students in North America, and IberoAmerica. This call is open to any instructor interested in collaborating with SCI and former participants of Clubes de Ciencia.

 

Our second international edition continues fully online. This will give us the chance to connect students and instructors scattered throughout nine countries and different time zones, including Spanish, Portuguese, and English speakers. We will also organize pre- and post-clubes activities allowing participants to get to know each other. In our closing ceremony participants, in teams, will have the opportunity to showcase what they learned (video, ppt, webpage, poster, etc.).

Science Clubs International (SCI) seeks to spark a social transformation by expanding access to high-quality STEM education and collaborative, international networks. We aim to expose students to scientific-educational experiences in an international and inspiring environment.

 

Our second online edition of the SCI will take place during 3 weekends (6-days) throughout one month (September 3-25, 2022 ), offering ten free online workshops (Clubes) for high school and college students in North America, and IberoAmerica. This call is open to any instructor interested in collaborating with SCI and former participants of Clubes de Ciencia.

 

Our second international edition continues fully online. This will give us the chance to connect students and instructors scattered throughout nine countries and different time zones, including Spanish, Portuguese, and English speakers. We will also organize pre- and post-clubes activities allowing participants to get to know each other. In our closing ceremony participants, in teams, will have the opportunity to showcase what they learned (video, ppt, webpage, poster, etc.).

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Are you interested in participating? Apply as an instructor for SCI 2022! 

- Graduate student, postdoctoral researcher, or young scientist in STEM fields or related areas.

- Strong communication skills.

- Extensive experience in teaching, mentoring.

- Experience with online instruction is desirable.

- Experience teaching students in multiple languages and cultures is a plus (e.g. Spanish and English, Portuguese and English, all three languages!).

​Application Instructions (use the platform)

​Application Instructions (use the platform)

​Application Instruction

Selection process

Selection process

  • Applicants propose an idea for a virtual club. A committee will evaluate the applications on a rolling basis, so the sooner you apply the better. We will select 10 ideas and the corresponding instructors to co-lead the virtual clubs.

  • Furthermore, between 10 and 20 additional instructors will be selected to contribute to the 10 teams. Each team of 2-3 instructors will be responsible for delivering a Club. 

  • During the selection process, we will take into account the representation of diverse countries, gender, languages, and fields.

Responsibilities of the selected instructors 

Responsibilities of the selected instructors 

  • Accept our terms and conditions and follow our code of conduct.

  • Work with teammates to design and implement a 6 day-long multidisciplinary workshop.

  • Meet the deadlines indicated by the organizing team regarding the workshop plan, learning objectives, syllabus, materials, and software requests.

  • Make sure you are available during the event via Slack 

  • Participate before and after the main event in at least one of the short additional activities, such as Science Cafe, career advice panels, and seminars

  • Guarantee your availability in the range of times for synchronous events (see below).

  • Complete the online evaluation at the end of the program.

  • As an instructor of this international edition of SCI you should take into account that attendees to the Clubes are high school and college students that previously participated in the Clubes de Ciencia program, with an estimated age of 17-23, highly motivated and curious coming from around nine different countries. Different time zones and languages will be an additional challenge. You will be assisted by co-instructors as well as volunteers, coming from all-time zones/countries, who will help with the organization, zoom calls, technical problems, finding information, etc. Moreover, high-school teachers, from all-time zones/countries, will work as facilitators during the workshops and will bring in learning strategies to incorporate into their classroom.

Clubs Topics

Multidisciplinary topics related with STEM fields are encouraged. In line with 2022’s theme as “International Year of Basic Sciences for Sustainable Development” we will give priority to proposals that relate to this topic and explain how they are linked to it. 


We aim to have five computational and five experimental Clubes. The instructors will have access to materials and small equipment, such as miniPCR and foldscopes for online demos in case you can use them in your lessons. The specifics can be discussed with the logistics team once your Club is approved, but keep in mind to propose a realistic set of materials to carry out a virtual program.

Platform, technologies

Take into account that as this event will be virtual, we will be using several online tools for communication and teaching, for example:

 

  • Video Conferencing - zoom

  • Messaging - Slack

  • File sharing - google drive

  • SCI platform

  • Social Media: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter

Support for Instructors

Support for Instructors

  • The SCI team offers one-on-one meetings with the selected instructor teams during the preparation phase.

  •  We provide general guidelines to design the workshop activities (synchronous and asynchronous) 

  • We offer several workshops during the preparation phase with tips and guidance on online teaching,as well as general recommendations on video setups and the use of Zoom for teaching.

How does the event look like?

As in 2022, we plan to include:

 

  1. Pre-Clubes Activities: Webinars with invited speakers on Science and Science Communication related fields, Meet and Greet sessions, Get to know the instructors.

  2. Opening Ceremony (September 3): Introduction to the event, the instructors, and a short insight into each Club topic. The participants of each Club and the instructor team will have a chance to get to know each other. Opening remarks and welcome intervention by key people and keynote speakers. - TBD

  3. Online Science Clubs: (September 10, 11, 17, 18, 24 and 25)

 

Format:

  • Asynchronous webinars

  • Synchronous* sessions for Q&A, hands-on demos, guided experiments

  • Asynchronous Q&A via messaging

  • Asynchronous homework, exercises

 

* What are the actual reasonable time windows that we have for synchronous activities in this event?

  • PST: 8 am to 12 pm

  • CST: 10 am to 2pm

  • EST: 11 am to 3 pm

  • Spain: 5 pm to 9 pm

 

4. Closing ceremony with students: (October 1) The students from each Club will collaborate to present a creative video with lessons learned in a nutshell. 

5.  Post Clubes Activities: Evaluation forms by instructors, students, and participants

Feel free to contact us if you have any questions: