From 23 to 27 October 2017, the British Council and the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation held Science Week in Schools, a nationwide celebration of science and technology that took place as part of the UK-Russia Year of Science and Education 2017.
To participate in the Science Week, the teachers needed to design and conduct a lesson on a scientific topic in any discipline, for any age group. Apart from the science lessons, the schools were also offered to conduct science quests, intellectual games or other events dedicated to science.
Science Week in Schools was supported by the Russian Textbook Corporation.
To help teachers across Russia participate in Science Week in Schools, the British Council, in partnership with the British Science Association, Astro Academy: Principia and the ENGAGE project created a special teaching resource pack in both Russian and English.
The pack included lesson plans, exercises and assignments for students, videos, recommendations for class discussions and useful links. The pack also featured lessons on the impact of 3D printing on society; aircraft design; the search for life on the satellite of Saturn and lots more.
Science of the Future: teachers’ competition
The British Council invited teachers across Russia to celebrate Science Week in Schools and to take part in the Science of the Future competition for the best lesson plan on science and technology. All applicants received certificates and three winners will take part in a professional development trip to the UK in 2018.
Teachers from general education schools, specialist music or performing arts schools, boarding schools and language schools in Russia were eligible to apply.
I, Scientist: the all-Russian competition for students
The I, Scientist competition was a part of the Science Week in Schools and it was open to students aged 7-17.Three winners will travel to the UK.
The participants were asked to make a video (1-10 minutes) in the format of a scientific interview, a scientific lecture or recording of an experiment, and put it on Youtube or Vimeo.
All participants of the competition received certificates of participation in the project. The winner of the People's Choice Competition and the prize-winners (five best works in each age category) received gifts from the partners of Week of Science in Schools.
General Partners of the Science Week in Schools
Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation
The Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation is the federal executive body responsible for developing state policy and legal regulation in the field of education, science, technical and innovative activities, nanotechnology, intellectual property, as well as in the sphere of upbringing, social support and social protection of students and pupils of educational institutions.
Russian Textbook Corporation
The Russian Textbook corporation is comprised of several publishing houses (DROFA, Ventana-Graf, Astrel), the educational platform LECTA, and the company that equips educational organisations with the "Drofa-New School" equipment. Russian Textbook is the leader in the number of titles in the Federal list: about 40% of the total number of positions. The activity of publishers is supported by professional expert communities: academicians and corresponding members of the Russian Academy of Sciences and RAO conduct a professional examination of the QMS, and directly participate in the development of the scientific core of the corporation’s future textbooks. The corporation cooperates with the institutes of advanced training in all regions of the Russian Federation and regularly conducts topical methodical events. Russian Textbook implements large-scale projects Country reading, Country with a great history, Country of Ecology, Country of unlearned lessons.