Students attending an analog computers demonstration during FER Open Days
The ŠUZA program envisions four main activities:
1. POPULARIZATION OF SCIENCE EVENTS AT SCHOOLS
The Program encompasses visits to primary and secondary schools where, through lectures and workshops lasting several school hours, scientific achievements, engineering approaches and modern technology are presented in an attractive way.
Alongside the presentation of available studies at FER and the opportunities that the Faculty offers, the event contains a motivational lecture by a distinguished lecturer from the Faculty who attended the visited school. After the opening lectures, the practical segment of the event is held where, through interactive workshops and demonstrations, suitably educated lecturers from the Faculty guide students through achievements in their field of work so that the students would realize the beauty of science and engineering through interaction and play.
2. STEM TEACHER EDUCATION ON ATTRACTIVE WAYS TO PRESENT SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
As a part of the program, primary and secondary school teachers in STEM fields will be offered multiday educational workshops to equip them with presentation skills to present science in a way which is understandable, interesting and attractive to "ordinary" people, especially youths.
In cooperation with AZOO and ASOO agencies, said workshops will be entered into the calendar of professional teacher conferences and will as such be a part of the lifelong learning education and professional education offerings for primary and secondary school teachers.
3. EDUCATION OF FACULTY LECTURERS ON WAYS OF PRESENTING THEIR SCIENTIFIC AND PROFESSIONAL WORK IN A POPULAR SCIENCE CONTEXT
So as to provide Faculty lecturers with appropriate skills for popularization of science in primary and secondary schools, before embarking with event preparation envisioned in point 1, Faculty lecturers will have to undergo additional training in line with training described in point 2 however with a different professional focus (focus on science and research).
4. EVENTS AT THE FACULTY
Alongside events at schools and educational events for teachers and lecturers, direct popularization of science events will also be held at the Faculty, in cooperation with partner organizations and direct partnering with schools.
Those events include visits to Faculty labs with demonstration of large scale experiments and other experiments which are impractical or dangerous to show in school conditions, hosting of science exhibitions and fairs, as well as hosting special educations and other events that increase student interest in the field.
An example is the State student fair in the Educational sector electrical engineering and computing, which was held at FER, in partnership with ASOO, for the first time in April 2013 as part of the ŠUZA initiative and which offered participating outstanding students the opportunity, for the first time, to have their work examined by an very interested professional public which could offer them fully qualified encouragement and congratulations on their work.
Student representing his work at the State Student Works Fair 2013