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Summer Sci-Tech Academy

Science the future

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A One-of-a-Kind Scientific Summer Experience

Want to set the grounds of your career in science and technology? Establish a sci-tech startup that can revolutionize whole industries? Join the next generation of tech entrepreneurs and science explorers? The Sci-Tech Academy will help you do all that by paving the way for your technological and scientific career, and introducing you to astonishing scientific experiments and technological installations.

The program

The program

  • The first week is all about robotics and electronics. You will attend a morning and an afternoon session each day where you will explore the world of hardware and software through soldering and building your own boards, working with smart sensors, developing programming code for Arduino microcontrollers, and creating smart devices. The process will culminate with a group project that you will develop and present with your teammates at the end of the week.

  • During the second week at the Academy, you will explore scientific discoveries through experiential learning in physics and chemistry. You will perform experiments on your own and measure and draw scientific conclusions under the strict supervision of science professors. This inquiry-based learning will help you develop your abilities to observe, analyze, predict, conclude, and reflect. The experiments we selected specifically encapsulate the most recent scientific discoveries and technology trends. The Academy will close off with a final Sci-Tech project and the presentation for its implementation in real life as a start-up or scientifically applicable patent which would benefit humanity.

  • Here are just a few examples of the things you will be doing during the two-week Academy:

    • Exploring the night sky with our dobsonian telescope
    • Defining the trajectory of a potato by shooting it from our potato gun
    • Developing programming code and creating smart devices
    • Networking with the next generation of sci-tech leaders
  • Our trips include sightseeing and company visits. We will take you on a field trip to technological companies in Sofia where you will witness first-hand the application of the scientific processes you have been exploring in lab exercises. Those companies are leading Bulgarian manufacturers who will tell you all about their field of work and the advantages of the science industry.

  • We have prepared an engaging and active program outside the classroom as well. You will enjoy team-building activities, sports, and themed evenings, which will build on what you are learning in the classroom and boost your leadership, networking, and teamwork skills.

    • 8:00 - 9:00 a.m. Breakfast
    • 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Classes
    • 12:00 - 2:00 p.m. Lunch
    • 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. Afternoon activities – outdoor science experiments and demonstrations, sports, arts & crafts, bowling, swimming, etc.
    • 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. Free Time (students are not accompanied by teachers or counselors)
    • 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. Dinner
    • 7:30 - 9:30 p.m. Evening activities - team building, team competitions, International Night, Movie night, Talent Night, Camp Fire Night, etc.
    • 9:30 - 10:30 p.m. Free time (students are not accompanied by teachers or counselors)
Why Sci-Tech

Why Sci-Tech

    • Unique learning experience: practice-oriented experiential learning that’s both effective and fun
    • Strong networking: You will get to meet like-minded students from all over the world, network and make new friendships
    • Future prospects: The experience at the Academy will give you a strong advantage when applying to university or looking for a career in the sci-tech field
    • Soft skills development: In addition to expanding your knowledge in science and technology, at the Academy, you will also get many opportunities to build on your interpersonal skills, critical thinking abilities and entrepreneurial mindset.
How to apply

How to apply

The program is designed for 14 to 17-year-old students with an interest in science and technology.

  • Tell us about your previous experience with science and technology and the reasons why you want to join the Academy. You may attach pictures and previous projects documentation.

  • Attach a recommendation letter from a teacher or someone else who can attest to your knowledge and interest in the sci-tech field.

  • You will be asked to demonstrate your English Proficiency by attaching one of the following documents during the online registration process: a certificate – please make sure the certificate mentions your English Proficiency Level (English Basic User A1 or A2, English Independent User B1 or B2, Proficient English User C1 or C2) or a letter from your English teacher. Download the letter template

  • Attach a parental consent form. Download the form

Dates & Fees

Dates & Fees

The Sci-Tech Academy 2023 will take place on 16.07 - 29.07.2023.

  • Make sure to benefit from the Early Bird discount!

    • Early bird application deadline: March 31, 2023
    • Early bird fee 1049 Euro
    • Regular application deadline: June 25, 2023
    • Regular application fee: 1199 Euro
  • Check-in and registration day: Sunday, July 16, 1:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

  • Last day of the Sci-Tech Academy: Friday, July 29.

  • You may book a van to pick you up or drive you to Sofia Airport.

    • One-way transport: 75 Euro
    • Two-way transport: 150 Euro
  • If you decide to cancel for a reason your participation in the Academy after June 16, you will be taxed with a 100 USD non-refundable fee.

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