The Science Clubs (SC) is an organization aiming at inspiring and developing scientific engagement in teenagers and young adults by offering free workshops and mentoring sections, all given by researchers from the most prestigious institutions in the world.
The SC was founded in 2014 by Mexican PhD students from Harvard University and MIT, whose mission have since been to “expand the access to high-quality scientific knowledge, inspire and offer mentoring to future generation of researchers through a collaborative scientific network”. After its first inaugural year, this project expanded to Colombia and Bolivia, reaching out 4,500 students. In 2017, as part of its expansion goals, the Science Clubs finally arrived in Brazil, Paraguay and Peru and it expects to incorporate more 5 countries and territories and around 40,000 students by 2020.
SCIENCE CLUBS BRAZIL (SC Brazil)
In July 2017, the first SC Brazil edition took place in the Institute of Biological Sciences at the Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG), gathering 80 students from the last two high school grades and the first two years of undergraduate studies from all fields of study.
Overall, these eighty students were split into four 40-hours workshops and learned, using practical and interactive tools, with instructors, teachers and scientists about topics concerning stem cells, genome editing, epidemiology, innovation and scientific entrepreneurship. Each club had challenges supervised by researchers from relevant universities, such as Harvard and UFMG. In these clubs, students were challenged to develop critical thinking and creative and collaborative skills, essential characteristics to form leaders in the 21st century.
Selected students were chosen to represent the racial, gender and regional diversity, quality and interest of Brazilian students in learning about Science: they were from all five Brazilian geographic regions, including the Federal District; in addition, 40% came from public institutions, while 60% identified themselves as females.
In 2018, Science Clubs Brazil faced its first expansion, increasing the number of clubs and students to 5 and 100, respectively. Repeating 2017 edition success, the SC Brazil 2018 also took place at UFMG in Belo Horizonte and had the clubs of Astrobiology, Entrepreneurship in Science, Epidemiology, Genomics and Nanotechnology for new drugs development.
At the 2019 edition, SC Brazil gave its first step in expanding the amount of host institutions in the country, having Rio de Janeiro host it for the first time. Five clubs were carried out in the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), accounting an overall amount of 100 students, who had the change to learn about Genomics, Astrobiology, Epidemiology, Paleontology and the use of virtual environments to find out new drugs.
Due to Covid-19 pandemic, the SC Brazil 2020 will be thoroughly realized in virtual environments. The main advantage of this new format will comprise the possibility of reaching students from any single part of our country without needing (and costs) to go beyond their backyard! In addition, the SC Brazil 2020 will face its second major expansion, having not only 5 clubs, but 10 (5 new ones), allowing 200 students to participate. Follow us in our social media to know more about which clubs is going to be offered this year!
Our team always looks at developing new competences and partnerships that may foster this project expansion, knowing that is possible to do high-quality research in our country through the creation of collaborative networks among students, high school teachers, universities and Brazilian scientists from world renowned research centers.
Follow us in our social media and get updated in everything that happens in the thematic clubs at SC Brazil and about the upcoming news about the Virtual 2020 edition:
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