Sofia, 15 November 2017 – As a result of the proposed innovations in the educational process to create conditions for the development of pupils’ functional literacy specialists with 125 Boyan Penev secondary school and the Institute for Mathematics and Informatics (IMI) with the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences have joined forces in two new subjects within the Innovative School project, namely Experiment, Hypothesis, Proof for the junior pupils and Applied Sciences for the high-schoolers. The Sofia-based school has also signed a partnership agreement with the European Software Institute, Centre East Europe on the Experiment, Hypothesis, Proof classes which will offer educational robotics. The innovative subjects are based on the practical application of mathematics placing pupils in an active learning environment in order to showcase the vast opportunities for scientific and technological development and related skills that will help their successful self-realization in the future.

The new subjects team is comprised of prominent teachers with 125 Boyan Penev secondary school and external lecturers, including Prof. Dr sc. math. Petar Boyvalenkov and Prof. Dr. Borislav Lazarov with IMI and Alexander Ivanov and Vasil Vasilev, IMI team members for advanced training, as well as Eng. Ivaylo Georgiev and other specialists with the European Software Institute, Centre East Europe.

‘We have developed the innovative concepts of the school’s new organization and curriculum following the best practices, and we set the beginning with mathematics and math-related fields. We are confident that the skilful combination of successful educational traditions with innovative teaching methods will meet the ever-changing needs of our society’, said Venelina Nikolova, school principal. ‘The conversations we have had with both pupils and their parents also reassured us that we have headed in the right direction because all of them expect that school time be fully used by means of additional activities with real-life applicability, and our cooperation with outstanding academic experts will provide optimal results.’

Some of the topics and related competencies within the Experiment, Hypothesis, Proof classes include:

  • Developing skills in information extraction and processing, incl. relevance and accuracy of data, via active observation and experimentation;
  • Understanding mankind’s greatest discoveries and inventions with emphasis on concepts such as chance and predictability, paradox, creativity, innovation and authorship;
  • Number theory presented through the lens of the history of the concept ‘number’, its properties and applications, as well as different problem-solving methods and algorithms;
  • Math games and computer simulations which will acquaint students with a set of logical strategies and winning moves;
  • History and modern applications of numeral systems, ciphers and codes;
  • Creating mathematical models by computer modelling to solve problems in everyday life using a specialized application software;
  • Basic principles of robotics, visual programming and robot/man relationships;
  • Computational linguistics from the point of view of the historical development of spoken and dead languages, their structure and uncovering the meaning of words, phrases and similar via pictograms and symbols.

Students’ competencies will be strengthened with the help of the new subject Applied Sciences that will demonstrate how scientific and technological knowledge can be successfully applied in different areas of our everyday lives.

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