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Completion of the Summer research program for school children at Nazarbayev University

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On June 28, 2019, the children of Nazarbayev Intellectual Schools completed the Summer research program at Nazarbayev University. The Vice-President for Student Affairs and International Cooperation Kadisha Dairova and the Dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences Daniel Pugh congratulated students on successful completion of the program and wished them further success in their studies.

During the two-week program, participants learned about the activities and faculty of the various schools at Nazarbayev University: School of Medicine, School of Engineering, School of Science and Technology, School of Mining and Geosciences, and School of Humanities and Social Sciences. For instance, during their time at the School of Engineering, the school children became acquainted with the graphical user interface “Arduino” and prepared solid models for three-dimensional (3D) printing. Scientific projects highlighting the four fundamental disciplines – chemistry, biology, physics and robotics – were presented by the School of Science and Technology. Students were exposed to methods of geological exploration and mining by learning about the geology of the Tortkuduk field while visiting the School of Mining and Geosciences. During the program, the participants attended the Simulation Center in the School of Medicine, where they learned about cardiac arrest and suffocation, and were able to practice CPR skills with the help of a resuscitation mannequin.  Moreover, the program participants had an express course in Chinese language, delivered by the School of Humanities and Social Sciences.

During the second week, students attended an Academic English course, which culminated in students presenting individual academic essays on topics including globalization, the environment, and new technologies. The goal of the academic essay was for students to apply the skills they had just learned and to practice presenting the key ideas of their work. The students successfully demonstrated a high level of English and presentation skills.

In addition to academic activities, various leisure activities were offered: sports, cinema, public speaking meetings, cultural exchange, intellectual game in Russian, a session with University alumni, and much more. The event’s organizer – the Department of Lifelong Learning – would like to thank all the individuals and groups who made these two weeks possible. They would especially like to thank the Alumni Association of the University and its director Arman Konkobay, the Nazarbayev University Toastmasters Club, the iGEM team, all of the NU volunteers, and Jeremy Swanson a visiting intern from the School of Business at the University of Wisconsin.