Foreign teachers and specialists make a considerable contribution to expanding the horizons of knowledge in the Intellectual Schools. The school, where global citizenship is one of the key values, is visited by teachers and students of the most prestigious universities in the world for sharing their knowledge and experience.
For example, in the first month of this year, the students Jim Maile Marie Yu Liang and Godfreey-Igwe Stacy Chidera came to Nazarbayev Intellectual School of Physics and Mathematics in Semey from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, which is not only the USA’s, but the world’s top-ranking institute. The purpose of the three-week visit to Semey by the first year students of the world educational institution, which is located in Cambridge, state Massachusetts, is to teach 11th grade students Chemistry and Physics.
Two foreign students came to our city by “MISTI Kazakhstan Global Teaching Labs” program. The guests, who are trained in the specialty of bioengineering and mechanical engineering, were not familiar not only with our city, but also with Kazakhstan as a whole. In the first days of their trip, the students visited Semey Regional History Museum and East- Kazakhstan Regional Museum of Fine Arts named after Nevzorovs’ family, where they got to know the history of the country and our region, the life of local people, their lifestyle, Kazakh customs and traditions. Even a simple sunday trip to the ski resort impressed the students who tried skiing for the first time in their lives.
During extracurricular activities, Maile and Stacy jointly conduct seminars on such topics as “Leadership”, “Time Management”, “Writing a recommendation letter”, “Writing a motivation letter”. In addition, they implement such projects as: “Eco-column”, “Modern research and ethics in genetic editing” with the direct participation of students,. The goal of the “Eco-Column” project is to create three ecosystems (the surface of the earth, rotten soil and water) in one column. At the same time, it is necessary to observe the abiotic and biotic factors of each environment in order to compare two of them. The project “Modern Research and Ethics in Genetic Editing” is intended to explore the CRISPR discoveries, a tool for genetic editing that was created in 2013.
In addition to the projects, during the meeting with 10-12th grade students and dormitory educators on theme “Professional orientation”, the students shared their ideas and recommendations on choosing the right profession.
Press-service of NIS of Physics and Mathematics in Semey