ONLINE TOUR TO THE TECHNOPARK OF THE TSPU FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS
Within the frame of "Young Scientist" course, the students from Kazakhstan and Belarus attended the on-line tour to the interdisciplinary research laboratory of the TSPU Technopark of universal pedagogical competences. The educational meeting on the complex topic "NBICS-convergence in science and education, environmental technologies and scientific literacy" was held by the Director of the Center of additional physical, mathematical and natural science education Mikhail Alexandrovich Chervonniy.
"Only 33 universities in Russia have such Technoparks. At the Tomsk State Pedagogical University the Technopark serves provies a new level of science interaction, increases the number of student integrated projects and gives the future teachers an opportunity to undergo an effective practical and interdisciplinary training", — said M.A. Chervonniy.
Together with the speaker, the audience looked at convergent technologies - the big five - nanotechnology, biotechnology, information and communication technology, cognitive and socio-humanitarian technology - formed from a new synthesis and interpenetration of the sciences. Mikhail noted that NBICS convergence is necessary to create, using nanomaterials, new powerful computers capable of more complex modeling leading to new bio- and nanotechnologies.
The use of convergence in pedagogical universities helps students learn how modern design and research technologies are arranged, what the difference between project and research is; learn to conduct research and scientific works independently to implement the obtained unique material into teaching certain courses of the school program.
After the theoretical part, the guests of the excursion were shown the installations that are located in the laboratory of interdisciplinary research. For example, the hardware and software complex - an interactive anatomical table "Pirogov" is used by Tomsk Pedagogical University students to develop scientific literacy. The audience was shown a detailed demonstration of the table and shown the possibilities of working with it.
The next exhibit on the tour was an installation designed to study the resolving power of an eye. An internal LED, placed in a black tube, flashes according to a set frequency. As the flicker frequency increased, the subject recorded the frequency at which the light signals merged. It was emphasized to the participants that past and modern televisions had a higher frame rate selected in this way, resulting in the television picture merging into a single dynamic image. This unit also makes it possible to record a person's lateral vision capabilities. The apparatus was shown in action on the TSPU students, who were able to identify the frequency of the flashes merging into a single signal on their own.
"I am an acting teacher, I work in Lyceum No. 51, — said Igor Nikolayevich Yakovlev, a 2nd year master's student at the TSPU Faculty of Physics and Mathematics. — All technologies presented today I use in teaching children interdisciplinary relations in my classes. Thanks to these technologies, children show interest in learning the subject, as they can work with experimental physics on their own and gain knowledge through their own experience".
An installation was also shown showing the Chladni Figures, focused on the study of frequencies of resonating sound signals. The spectral analysis rigs were the last to be shown. Students saw the radiation spectrum of the hydrogen atom, the most abundant element in the universe. Participants learned that spectral analysis is used in forensics.
In addition to practical skills, working with the equipment of the TSPU's Technopark allows to increase the level of universal competencies: the ability to set goals and plan their achievement, communication skills, analytical skills, leadership qualities, and the ability to create and implement project activities.
Summing up, the speaker told the audience that thanks to the development of the technologies presented, at one time mankind managed to build the first graphite reactor and the first synchrotron. Nature-based technologies provide new materials and develop new areas of research in the automotive industry, biology, medicine, earth sciences, etc.