In 2017, the JUST DILIJAN IT! summer programme, a smart holiday for kids, runs from 7 June to 4 August on the campus of the UWC Dilijan international school in Dilijan, Armenia. Four groups are being arranged, each lasting 14 days, two of which will be in Russian and two in English. We are preparing for between 100-120 kids and teens in each group.
JUST DILIJAN IT! is an educational programme based on an original method of open communication between the teachers and participants, and their engagement in the creative process. In summer 2016, nearly 200 teens from Armenia, Belgium, the UK, Germany, Greece, Spain, Russia, the USA and Switzerland took part in the programme. Learning through having fun, the chance for each child to choose an activity that they really enjoy from a variety of options, and also the quality of the experts and experienced teachers invited to take part has become something which makes JUST DILIJAN IT! so special.
As announced by Natalia Podolnaya, director of the educational programme for the Scholae Mundi foundation, the organizers of JUST DILIJAN IT!, this year it was decided to strengthen the educational aspect of the kid's holiday. The team of coaches and camp instructors has expanded to include some new faces: Yuri Gorvits, winner of a prestigious Russian Government award in the sphere of education, and Sergei Korneev, founder and leader of the Science Holiday interactive educational programme.
You can find the timetable and detailed description of the JUST DILIJAN IT! Summer programme below:
Group 1. Explore: The Human Being. 7 – 20 June 2017
We all look pretty much alike, yet each of us is unique. What shapes our personality? How can we have so many individual interests, but still manage to find common ground with friends? What makes us who we are? How does our brain work, and can it always be trusted? What is skeptical and rational thinking? How do we understand each other? How can we develop our strengths and become the best version of ourselves?
Together with experts, the children will learn what goes into an individual's development. How our character and habits are formed, and whether it's really possible to "create oneself". We'll examine the imagination through theatrical productions; intelligence – through setting up logic games; curiosity – by exploring the nature around Dilijan and dexterity – through mastering traditional Armenian crafts.
Final projects: theater festival, an exhibition of art projects.
Group 2. Explore: Culture. 22 June – 5 July 2017
Armenia – a country with a rich living history, where you can see prehistoric rock carvings and ancient temples, and the remnants of the collision of the great civilizations of Europe and Asia, and medieval fortresses and monasteries silently keeping the traditions of antiquity. All this, accompanied by the complicated history of the twentieth century and the uneven tracks leading into the future.
What are the roots of our culture? How did civilization develop? How does the past shed light on this? How can dialogue with vastly different people benefit us?
Children will learn the Armenian culture through the study of its history and art. They'll discover how to conduct historical research, participate in the study of the history of the town of Dilijan and learn how to start writing their own history as well as learn about the outstanding works from world culture (literature, fine arts, technology).
Final project: Dilijan Arts Festival ("Delphic Games").
Group 3. Explore: The Universe. 7 – 20 July 2017
Science is not just words describing complicated theories which power our latest gadgets. Science is man's knowledge of the world we live in. A study of its boundaries and possibilities. The revealing of properties and laws.
What is our universe and what wonders does it contain? What are the laws which make it operate? How has man been able to go all the way from the discovery of the wheel to the study of cosmic microwave background radiation left over from the Big Bang? Which scientific ideas have completely changed our concept of the world? And what is at the forefront of science today?
Children will be able to expand their understanding of the natural sciences, work with scientific research equipment, conduct independent research and laboratory work, learn the basics of the scientific method and explore the world around them.
With expert assistance, the kids can do the work of real scientist and undertake actual research themselves. The camp itself, along with the town of Dilijan and the surrounding area, will become an open-air laboratory for them.
... Why are there so many mountains in Armenia? How is this connected to volcanoes? Where can I watch millions of years of history with the naked eye?…
Final projects: Fair of scientific ideas, presentation of research.
Group 4. Explore: The Future 22 July – 4 August 2017
Today we live in an era of constant change. Every year new technology appears offering with it new job opportunities. Global business blurs the boundaries between people and countries. And the future hits us faster than we can see it coming, or affects us in totally unpredictable ways.
What's at the cutting edge of today's technology? What skills are required for the specialists of the XXI century? What to look out for and learn today in order to be successful tomorrow? How to create innovation?
Together with experts, the children will learn how to transform an interesting idea into a full-fledged business concept. They'll master the basic skills of information technology. They'll learn to use their gadgets to do real work and master the tools and art of inventive problem solving and the CAS-approach (creativity, activity, service).
Final project: Start-Up Village.