A NEW BEGINNING OF INTERACTIVE COMPETITIONS
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The 39 best teachers of the city and rural schools, methodologists, directors of the regional departments of the Junior Academy of Sciences and other educational workers from 22 regions of Ukraine worked creatively from 21 to 23 September in Pushcha-Vodytsya in the hospitable classrooms of the International Scientific and Creative Complex during a workshop held annually before the launch of one of the key projects of the Junior Academy of Sciences - All-Ukrainian interactive competitions "JAS-Junior Polymath" and "JAS-Junior Researcher".

According to the head of the branch (experimental research laboratory) of the "JAS" scientific center, the head of the innovative pedagogical project "JAS-School", PhD in pedagogy Svitlana Bilous, the mission of the project is to discuss the methodology of holding the traditional competition "JAS-Junior Polymath" in December 2018 , and the competition "JAS-Junior Researcher" in April - May 2019. These educational activities are the means of STEM-education implementation through the integration of knowledge in science, technology, environmental studies, history, etc. They are interactive, provide different forms of student and teacher educational activities and develop research abilities and creativity, include communication, teamwork and free discussion of results.

Information platforms on the implementation of the dynamic simulation technique, which corresponds to the STEM-education methodology, were created for the participants of the competition. In addition to the web pages of the project, the magazine "School of Young Scientist" is published. The competitions take place in the categories "History", "Ecology", "Engineering" and "Astronomy" according to the innovative method, which provides effective propaedeutics of all JAS students’ activities on the basis of distance learning with the Internet technologies usage.

Participants of the seminar-workshop visited the Bohomolets Institute of Physiology of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, visited the laboratories, where they got acquainted with the specifics of scientific researches in the branches of biological sciences. And common methods for preparation and holding of the All-Ukrainian Interactive Competition "JAS-Junior Polymath" were determined during the analysis of its results.

Lectures of Natalia Lymar, Vasylyna Maznyuk, Iryna Dotsenko, Oleksandr Shevchuk, Vira Vasylieva, Anna Sokolova, Iryna Konohinina and other educators who work passionately on the project in Ukraine and Belarus were full of advice and recommendations for the audience, and the workshop became comfortable platform for the exchange of ideas, proposals and strengthening of communication between colleagues and like minds.

Serhiy Kutnyakov
27.09.18
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