So... What is GTL?
The MIT International Sience and Technology Initiative (MISTI) created a program called the Global Teaching Labs (GTL). Through GTL, MIT students are able to travel around the world to teach students about various topics in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics.
This January, through GTL, I am working with another MIT student to teach high schoolers in Kazakhstan about research. In many schools around the world, students learn about the scientific process: how to form a hypothesis, run an experiment, and validate or disprove the hypothesis. We will be focusing on applying that process in a practical sense, in order to teach the students how to conduct research. The end goal is for the students to design an experiment that they can conduct on their own in the next semester. That way, hopefully our teaching and influence will be longer lasting!
We will be teaching in two major cities, Almaty and Astana, and spending about ten days in each city. Almaty is the old capital of Kazakhstan, situated in the south-eastern part of the country in the mountains. Astana is the new capital, and is in the northern part of Kazakhstan.
This blog serves to document my experiences in Kazakhstan, and share a snippet of the country and culture!