High school and technical school students interested in the exact sciences can participate in a national competition as part of the STEM PW educational project. The main award is the catalogs for selected fields of study at the Warsaw University of Technology. The winners of one of the previous editions of the competition built and presented their robot internationally in Istanbul.

The national competition for students interested in STEM is being organized for the third time by: Faculty of Electronics and Information Technology of Warsaw University of Technology (WEiTI PW); xxvii Liceum Ogólnokształcące im. Tadeusz Czacki in Warsaw and the Education Center for Information Technology and Computer Applications in Warsaw.

As the organizers reported, during the scientific struggle, the participants will not only solve tests and tasks, but also build and program real electronic systems in the WUT laboratories.

Małgorzata Biszczuk, IT teacher from Twenty-seventh High School, Tadeusz Czaky, initiator of the project, confirmed that this is the only scientific struggle known to her “available to high school students, and carried out in the laboratories of specialized universities”.

The STEM PW competition consists of three phases. In the first, which will be held in schools in December, students will solve test tasks. The best qualifiers will take part in the inter-school competition in January at the Faculty of Electronics and Information Technology of Warsaw University of Technology (WEiTI PW) and at the Center for Education in Information Technology and Computer Applications in Warsaw.

“Student Struggle is accompanied by a program prepared by academics, aimed directly at teachers. It is a unique place to exchange experiences and gain knowledge on how to make science lessons more engaging. In the context of stormy discussions and inspiring classes, among other things, interest clubs or school labs that are still operating even Today ”- confirmed the organizers in the press release.

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Dr. Sławomir Szostak, STEM WUT Competition Coordinator, Deputy Director of Teaching Daily at the Institute of Microelectronics and Optoelectronics at the Faculty of Electronics and Communications WUT, emphasized that the competition distinguishes the third stage, i.e. a practical task that requires programming a microprocessor system. This phase will take place at WUT Labs in March.

“Participants qualified for the third stage, after completing a full-day workshop at the Warsaw University of Technology conducted by our doctoral students and staff, they receive a real engineering task – to design, build, program and operate a microprocessor system” – emphasized Szostak.

Dr. Jean A. Wirzbecky, Director of the Center for Education in Information Technology and Computer Applications in Warsaw, said that “at present, when controlling all technologies in every human’s life has become a daily reality, it is important that students become their innovators and not passive recipients.” this opportunity.

“It enables students to expand their existing knowledge and skills in IT and develops creativity, teaching self-education in line with the idea of ​​lifelong learning,” added Wierzbicki, citing the organizers’ press release.

More than two thousand students from nearly a hundred schools from all over Poland participated in previous editions of the STEM WUT educational project.

As the organizers confirmed, thanks to the STEM PW educational project, the RaByte team had the opportunity to participate in the FIRST Robotics International Competition.

“The team members were students who successfully participated in the STEM competition. The support they received allowed them to realize their youthful dreams and in March 2020 to present themselves in the square in Istanbul with a robot that was designed and built from scratch “- emphasized Małgorzata Biszczuk, citing the press release of the organizers. The team’s mentors were WEiTI WUT lecturers, who volunteered to help them overcome technical difficulties related to preparing robots for international struggles.

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The partners of this year’s edition of the STEM WUT Education Project are: National Research and Development Center, Association of Polish Electrical Engineers, Perspektywy, Radio Science, ProScience, and activities supported by Wiktor Niedzicki.

More information, competition schedule and regulations are available here: https://stem.pw.edu.pl/

Science in Poland – PAP

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