- WHAT IS CLUBES DE CIENCIA MÉXICO (CDECMX)?
“Clubes de Ciencia México” is an NGO formed by young scientists in Mexico and abroad. Our mission is to expand access to high-quality science education and to inspire and mentor the future generation of scientists and innovators in Mexico through international scientific networks.
2. WHAT IS THE WEEK OF “CLUBES DE CIENCIA”?
It’s an intensive one-week event with hands-on workshops on cutting-edge scientific topics, social activities, and networking opportunities.
3. WHAT IS A “CLUB”?
A “Club” is a hands-on, intensive course for high school and undergraduate students. CdeCMx pairs a foreign-based instructor and a Mexico-based instructor to design and implement a club during the Clubes de Ciencia week.
Check out our more clubs on our YouTube Channel!.
4. WHAT DOES AN INSTRUCTOR?
Introduces students to cutting-edge scientific topics by implementing a combination of experimental, computational, and theoretical activities. Through this model, we reinforce students’ aptitude for critical thinking. At the same time, we engage students in a collaborative environment to strengthen their communication skills.
Develop communication and teaching skills in a different cultural context by interacting with other young scientists, students, and university hosts in Mexico.
Make a strong impact on emerging talent and create lifelong camaraderie bonds. Through your knowledge, experiences, and passion in your field of study, students learn not only from your technical or scientific background, but also make their scientific pursuit much more tangible by looking at the instructor as a mentor.
5. SHOULD I DESIGN A CLUB TO BE AN INSTRUCTOR?
All CdeCMx instructors design and implement a Club! Each team of instructors will have a budget to buy the materials they will need for the development of their Club. In the case of face-to-face clubs, CdeCMx provides a round-trip flight for all instructors based outside of Mexico, but due to the current contingency due to COVID-19 the clubs will be taking place online this year (2021).
We have 2 modes of participation:
- 50/50 participation with another instructor so that both of them work to develop the same Club.
- Implementation of a club that has been designed by expert collaborators such as Frank Wilczek (2004 Nobel Prize in Physics) or research professors in various areas (eg Alejandro Sánchez Alvarado, Stowers Institute, HHMI).
We suggest you design your Club proposal based on the idea: “learn by doing”. By this we mean that the Club should be a very practical course where students can participate to the fullest, doing experiments, programming and solving problems that allow them to approach the day-to-day life of a scientist. There is an opening ceremony before the launch of the CdeCMx program and a symposium at the end where students present their results to the community.
For CdeCMx, a competitive Club helps students develop their science skills and intuition through engaging exercises that introduce them to interesting science topics!
Examples of past club activities include:
- Extending our sense of sight by building electronic gadgets.
- Perform bioinformatics analysis to understand the ancestry of students.
- Learn about semiconductors by building lasers and microcontrollers.
- Apply “machine learning” to find the best tacos in town.
- Learn about the ecological diversity of the host city.
Think about an awesome way you could use science/technology to study/tackle a global challenge for a sustainable world. Create new businesses based on local scientific developments to help their communities.
Take a look at our past clubs on our Youtube Channel!
6. WHAT IS THE DESIRABLE PROFILE OF AN INSTRUCTOR?
Graduate students (preferably PhDs) and postdocs in fields related to STEM areas affiliated with research institutions or with previous research experience.
Professionals from tech or biotech companies, as well as entrepreneurs, can apply too!
- Recommended teaching experience.
- Be willing to immerse yourself in different cultures.
- Strong communication skills with a focus on teamwork.
- Diverse and exciting club proposal!
7. DO I HAVE TO SPEAK SPANISH TO PARTICIPATE?
It is highly recommended to speak Spanish but it is not a requirement. CdeCMx organizes clubs in Spanish and English and students are notified in advance of the language in which the Club will be taught. We do our best to team up with someone who is fluent in English.
8. HOW DO I BECOME AN INSTRUCTOR?
- First of all, wait for the call for instructors on our website.
- Create your profile at https://plataforma.clubesdeciencia.mx/security/login/
- Complete your application and send your “Club” proposal.
- Wait to hear from us!
9. IMPORTANT DATES FOR INSTRUCTORS
Due to the current coronavirus outbreak, we have decided to hold the 2021 edition “Stay at Home Science Clubs”, this being an online version of face-to-face clubs. Stay tuned for exciting news on how we can support STEM education online this summer! The call is ready to go.
10. HOW CAN I IMPROVE MY CHANCES TO BE SELECTED?
The application to our program is competitive. The number of clubs we accept is limited to the financial support that CdeCMx receives. This means that unfortunately we can only accept about 10% of instructors.
That is why you must apply with a super interesting idea!
Some suggestions to improve your chances:
- Focus on exciting and super interesting, non-traditional activities for a mainstream classroom! Use experimentation and programming, apply critical thinking, and help students appreciate new approaches to tackling problems.
- Think of an innovative science topic that you would like to teach and think about it creatively. This is your chance to design a course that you would have liked to take while in high school or college!
- Simple activities that help students understand advanced scientific concepts in your field. The Higgs boson as an energetic piggy bank, viruses as infiltrating agents, entropy in a salt shaker, etc.
11. CAN I PARTICIPATE IF I STUDY IN EUROPE?
The 2021 edition of Clubes de Ciencia México will be online due to the current circumstances of the pandemic, according to that and if you do not have problems working with a time difference (the Mexican time) you can apply for this edition.
Usually in past editions that were in person, CdeCMx covers the equivalent of the cost of a round-trip flight between the United States and Mexico (up to $ 650 USD) and the remaining amount can be covered by the instructor or a sponsoring institution. Most of the time, your university is willing to bear that expense if you can explain what this science outreach initiative entails! We would love to bring in more instructors from Europe, however the restrictions we have due to the nature of our funding sources place a limit on the number of European instructors we can accept each summer edition.