International Lyceum Day: LETI held a methodological seminar for lyceum teachers of s in Senegal

International Lyceum Day: LETI held a methodological seminar for lyceum teachers of s in Senegal

October 19, the All-Russian Lyceum Day, a Russian-Senegalese team of teachers held a methodological seminar on preparation of the Russian Week of Mathematics, Physics and Computer Science in Senegal.

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On October 19, on the All-Russian Lyceum Student Day, a Russian-Senegalese team of teachers held a seminar on learning methodologies for the Russian Week of Mathematics, Physics and Computer Science in Senegal. This was one of the first events within the project implemented by LETI under a grant from the Rossotrudnichestvo Agency.

The seminar was attended by Senegalese teachers - representatives of lyceums of Dakar, Thies and Bambey - the cities that will host the classes within the Week.  The Russian-language program in three disciplines - physics, mathematics and computer science - was presented by LETI lecturers - Professor Vladimir Venediktov, candidates of technical sciences and associate professors: Daniil Safronov, Alexander Kukaev, Pavel Baranov, Viktor Goryainov and Elena Morozova.

LETI academics had to solve the challenging task of developing interesting theoretical and practical lessons for Senegalese lyceum students on such topics as mathematical topology, laws of thermodynamics, mechanics and magnetism, neural networks and computer vision technologies.

This task is further complicated by the fact that in Senegalese lycées (upper secondary school), students are divided into streams of "technicians" and humanitarians, who have in depth studies of  Russian, but not scientific disciplines.

The largest of the lycées in the three cities involved in the project is the Lycée Thiaroye in Dakar, a co-educational lycée for boys and girls.

"There are more than 3,500 schoolchildren in our lyceum, and about 400 of them study Russian. I am sure that the classes presented at today's seminar will be of interest to our schoolchildren. I am a Russian language teacher, a philologist, but even to me the explanations of abstract scientific disciplines seemed surprisingly clear!"

Ibrahima Sané, a teacher of Lyceum Charoya, a participant of the project "Russian Week of Mathematics, Physics and Computer Science in Senegal"

Presentations by the LETI lecturers demonstrated at the online seminar clearly showed how fundamental sciences and the latest technologies created on their basis can be interesting and understandable for all lyceum students, even those who do not study sciences in depth.

Noteworthy that it is at LETI that the All-Russian Lyceum Student Day reminds us of the international context of this date. In XIX century the Tsarskoye Selo (Royal Village) Lyceum also hosted children from families who came to Russia in search of a better life, and the date of October 19 is primarily associated with the name of Lyceum student Alexander Pushkin, the genius of Russian poetry. His great-grandfather was not just the son of a native of Africa, the godson of Peter the Great, he made the career of the chief military engineer of the Russian army", - commented Tatiana Talalaeva, Head of the Department of International Programs and Projects of St. Petersburg State Technical University "LETI".

At the second methodological seminar of October 26, the LETI team, together with Senegalese teachers, will work through the practical part of the curriculum. Its participants will practice exercises on developing spatial mathematical thinking, including the construction of topological figures using simple tools - paper and scissors. There will also be master class on construction of simple devices demonstrating the magic power of magnetism and the laws of thermodynamics. The technologies of virtual worlds and artificial intelligence will become clearer at classes on data decoding and exercises with augmented reality..

As part of the preparation for the Russian Week of Mathematics, Physics and Computer Science, two online methodological seminars and several subject-specific consultations will be held. The Week itself will start on November 20: two days of classes including 4 academic hours for each subject - will be organized in each of the three cities with the participation of students and teachers. The classes include lectures and practical exercises. Their goal is to motivate students on education in Russian, which opens up professional prospects in the field of high technologies and advanced research.