A New Partnership in Kazakhstan with the Al-Farabi-Carnegie Program on Central Asia

Students in Kazakhstan try out their new cyber classroom using new MicroGlobalScope equipment. A collaboration between the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and Science House Foundation. Image credit: Diana Galperin

Science House Foundation and the Al-Farabi – Carnegie Program on Central Asia are pleased to announce a new education and cultural collaboration partnership creating synergies between the Carnegie Endowment’s work to find solutions to electricity and telecommunications shortages in remote areas in Kazakhstan with Science House Foundation’s worldwide informal science education program MicroGlobalScope.

The cooperation began when Al-Farabi – Carnegie’s Diana Galperin reached out to Science House Foundation suggesting there might be a way for the two programs to work together to create cultural connections around science education.

Science House Foundation’s MicroGlobalScope program connects schools in over 25 countries via a combination of microscopy equipment grants and a unique digital platform in which students, teachers and scientists share and discuss their microscopy discoveries. Science House Foundation believes that two core survival skills needed for success in tomorrow’s workplace are an appreciation for science and a sensitivity for cultural collaboration. We work to create a culture of discovery and collaboration.

Al-Farabi – Carnegie’s SolarTech project has studied a sustainable development model for providing off-grid energy and internet access. Located in Chilik, Kazakhstan, about a two hour drive from the largest city in Kazakshtan, Almaty, the project has worked with a local school- the Tole Kenzhebaeva School to study this model.

A Trip to Almaty

The new MicroGlobalScope kit is unpacked. Image credit: Diana Galperin

Diana traveled to Almaty twice in the past six months, once in July and again in late August 2013 where she delivered and installed the MicroGlobalScope microscopy kit.

A diverse group of community members including local government officials, teachers. children, and women participating in business trainings came out to view the launch. The local elected official, a scientist himself by training, spoke about the community’s excitement for new resources to involve children in science.

The school director discusses her vision for how the microscopes will be used in the school.

Collaborative Science Futures

Al-Farabi Carnegie was supported by an initial seed grant, with plans to see an expansion in the creation of the solar-powered Interent labs in other parts of Central Asia.

We look forward to sharing updates of this unique collaboration with you as we launch in schools in these regions in coming months.

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