Children will be acquainted with science at Izmir University of Economics (IUE). Kindergarten and elementary school students will develop creative thinking, problem-solving skills with the “Düşlerle Bilim (Imaginative Science)” project. 80 preschool and 80 elementary school students from Izmir will attend the training course that will take between the dates of 30 July – 10 August. Applicants will be able to apply at http://duslerlebilim.ieu.edu.tr address free.
Ezgi Oral Lecturer at Child Development Program, IUE Vocational School of Health Services, will coordinate the project, accepted within the TUBITAK Nature Education and Science Schools (4004) Call. Prof. Dr. İlgi Şemin, Director of IUE Vocational School of Health Sciences, and Lecturer Songül Yasemin Özgün will participate as project specialists, whereas Lecturers Türkan Alkan Özbay, Hasan Durmuş, Alihan Bulgurcu, Esra Feyzioğlu Demir, Kardem Ulaş, Fatma Betül Özkul Cura, and Asst. Prof. Seçkin Eroğlu will participate as trainers at the training courses co-supported by Karşıyaka Guidance and Research Center and Izmir Metropolitan Municipality IZELMAN AŞ. Kindergartens.
Lecturer Oral reported that the training courses would take place within the scope of the University. Oral said, “This project aims to introduce science to individuals at early childhood period, and contribute to their scientific thinking process via creative thinking and problem-solving skills. We aim to trigger further interest in and desire to learn science in children. Children, who are creative thinkers, inquisitive and curious, function better cognitively. Science is a very significant tool in supporting such skills in children. Therefore, we prepared an education program that integrated activities which develop science and creativity”.
Oral stated that the activities as part of the training program included art, drama, plays, field trips and observations on campus ground, group studies, and experiments. Oral, who stated that they aimed to support all developmental areas of children through these activities, said that the training courses were intended for 80 preschool children aged 5-6, and 80 elementary school children aged 7-8.