On Wednesday, March 14th Emerging leaders from Russia joined the UAH-AMSTI staff to discuss mathematics and science instruction. The visit was part of the Open World program and brought a group of STEM Innovators from Russia to North Alabama.
The two teams had rich conversations around STEM and Digital Literacy. The Russian delegates were fascinated with a demonstration of Ozobots robots that are being incorporated into upcoming AMSTI Digital Literacy and Computer Science Kits. The opportunities being made available to Alabama students to learn coding at an early age was also a topic of the conversations. Both teams discovered many commonalities. "Educators from both teams are passionate about education, and we see better opportunities for students engaging in quality STEM instruction," said Shelia Holt, AMSTI UAH Site Director.
The congressionally sponsored Open World program brings emerging leaders from participating countries to the United States in order to give them firsthand exposure to the American system of participatory democracy and free enterprise. The program allows American leaders and their counterparts from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Estonia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Russia, Serbia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Ukraine to engage constructively with one another in a manner that complements the U.S. Congress’s public diplomacy efforts on timely issues such as accountable governance and the legislative process, young leadership development, entrepreneurship, health issues, education, environment, and the rule of law. (Information on the Open World program provided by http://www.openworld.gov.