The Activities of 5th Belt and Road Teenager Maker Camp and Teacher Workshop are under way since 21st September
The activities of the 5th Belt and Road Teenager Maker Camp and Teacher Workshop are under way since 21st September 2021. The Camp is being organized by Children & Youth Science Center (CYSC) of China Association for Science and Technology (CAST) co-sponsored by the Ministry of Science and Technology, People’s Republic of China (MOST) and CAST and supported by ECOSF, InterAcademy Partnership Science Education Program (IAP SEP), and Network of African Science Academies (NASAC).
Due to deadly COVID-19 pandemic, the activities are managed virtually as done in previous year, wherein, the participating teams have been assigned different scientific tasks to be completed phase-wise in stipulated time. The scientific activities in the fields of robotics, 3D printing, health education, science video, engineering, physics, chemistry, astronomy, etc. are being completed by the students.
It is pertinent to mention that this year, Space Maker Camp has been made part of the main event. In the Space Maker Camp, the teams of 30 students and 10 teachers each, are being provided space kits (tether balloons and experimental satellite) to carry out the space activities on the ground in respective countries including Pakistan.
About 1686 students and teachers from 47 countries/autonomous regions are participating in the Camp. In response of the efforts of ECOSF, 451 participants from eight ECO Countries i.e., Azerbaijan, Iran, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Turkey and Uzbekistan are attending the Camp.
It is an annual event and this year’s event is organized virtually due to COVID-19 pandemic, aiming to strengthen cross-cultural exchange, promote international understanding, inspire innovation in young generation and for all scientists and science teachers to promote mutual learning and fulfil their responsibilities in science education career. The event gives students the opportunity to cooperate with the best of their age at international level, to share ideas and study cutting-edge knowledge in science labs of top schools in China through hands-on experience and teamwork under guidance of experienced teachers.
The camp will continue till November 2021.