BrainCamp Kosovo 2019

 

BrainCamp Kosovo 2019

The goal of BrainCamp Kosovo is to have young people think about science in a new light and potentially motivate and/or inspire them to invest their time in any science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) subjects.


 
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The course ran from April 1st - 5th 2019, with the students split into two separate groups, divided based on their age ranging from 14 to 18-years old. 

This year, the teaching setup was slightly different from BrainCamp Kosovo 2018. The teachers got to teach both groups on the same day, on their specific topic. This way the students had the opportunity to get to know all four teachers.
The topics, in comparison to last year, where more computation-focused. They ranged from computational neuroscience, coding, data analysis, to engineering. Also included was one day where the students were given a BBC Micobit (to keep) and were taught how to code.

Just like last year, the culmination of BrainCamp Kosovo was on the last day, which we again dedicated to our quiz. The first part of the quiz consisted of true/false questions, multiple choice questions or open-ended questions designed by the four teachers. In the second part the students had the chance to come up with their own research question and give a short presentation. We judged the students on different categories like: relevance of the question, methods of research, hypothesis and implications.

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Teachers :

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Federico Claudi (2nd year PhD student at SWC )

Teaching neuroscience to the ATOMI students as part of the BrainCamp initiative was a truly remarkable experience. The students are not just extremely brilliant and very interested in the material but also very kind and entertaining. For all of these reasons teaching them was a real pleasure. ATOMI shume mire!”

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Miranda Mathews (Post-doctoral fellow at SWC)

“To put it simply, BrainCamp was enriching. Aside from being incredibly clever, the students from ATOMI are funny, kind and entirely engaged throughout the whole process. For someone that has never visited Kosovo before, these students were an embodiment of the country, its culture and people. They were a pleasure to teach and I am not sure who ended up having the better experience - us or them?”

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Egzona Morina (2nd year PhD student at SWC)

“Since I only supervised BrainCamp 2018, being a teacher in BrainCamp 2019 gave me a whole different view. I was even more amazed (if that is even possible) at how attentive and engaged the students were. I was impressed by the way they conducted themselves not only in the class room, but also outside of it. They are not only gifted but also very kind, funny and enthusiastic. I could probably go on for a while in praising them, but all I want to convey is that they are the reason that I do not consider it any work organising BrainCamp every year.”

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Philip Shamash (2nd year PhD student at SWC)

“It was a pleasure to teach at BrainCamp. I was impressed by the students’ enthusiasm and ability to grasp some very complex ideas from modern-day neuroscience. I look forward to seeing what the accomplish in the future!
p.s. ATOMI shume mire!”

 

Acknowledgements

Prof. Tom Otis (Chief Scientific Officer of SWC) 

Prof. Tom Mrsic-Flogel (Director of SWC) 

Mr. Lirim Greiçevci (Kosovan ambassador to the Netherlands) 

Miss Heroina Telaku (Minister counsellor

Mr. Jusuf Thaçi (Executive director of ATOMI Institute) 

Miss Naime Hoxha (Clinical psychologist of ATOMI Institute)

Miss Edita Pozhegu

SWC professional services and scientific support staff