Frequently Asked Questions
WHAT IS CLUBES DE CIENCIA PERÚ (CdeCPeru)?
We are an organization of young scientists which mission is to promote and strengthen the scientific vocation in the future generation of scientists and innovators in Peru through international scientific networks.
We are part of a larger organization called Clubes de Ciencia Latin América.
Watch this video from Clubes de Ciencia Mexico that explains the main idea behind this movement!
WHAT IS THE WEEK OF “CLUBES DE CIENCIA”?
It’s an intensive one-week event with hands-on immersion workshops with cutting edge scientific activities and networking opportunities.
Day 1: Opening activity for instructors
Day 2-6: Development of Science Clubs Peru
Day 7: Student symposium and closing ceremony
WHAT IS A “CLUB”?
A "Club" is an applied, intensive course, aimed at high school and undergraduate students (25 students per club). CdeCPeru pairs a foreign-based instructor and a Peru-based instructor to design and implement a club during the Clubes de Ciencia week. If you happen to be selected as an instructor, we invite you to collaborate and take advantage of such a cultural experience!
WHAT DOES AN INSTRUCTOR DO?
Introduces students to a plethora of cutting edge scientific topics by implementing a combination of experimental, computational and theoretical activities. It is through this model that we reinforce the student's’ aptitude for critical thinking, while at the same time, engage the student in a collaborative environment to strengthen their communication skills.
Develops communication and teaching skills in a different cultural context by interacting with other young scientists, students, and university hosts in Peru.
Generates a strong impact on emerging talent and creates camaraderie bonds for a lifetime. Through your knowledge, experiences and passion in your field of study, a student learns not only from your technical or scientific background, but also makes his scientific pursuit a lot more tangible by looking up to you as a mentor.
DO I HAVE TO DESIGN A CLUB TO BECOME AN INSTRUCTOR?
All CdeCPeru instructors design and implement a Club!
We have 3 modalities of participation:
Involvement 50/50 with another Peruvian instructor so both work to develop the same Club.
One instructor designs the Club and the other one helps implementing plus group management and team dynamics.
Implementation of a Club that has been designed by expert collaborators such as Frank Wilczek (Nobel Prize in Physics 2004) or Research Professors in various areas (ex. Alejandro Sánchez Alvarado, Stowers Institute, HHMI) - We will contact you if we think your background/club aligns to one of our pre-designed Clubs.
HOW CAN I DEVELOP A CLUB PROPOSAL?
We suggest you to design your Club proposal based on the idea: "learning by doing". And by that we mean that the Club should be a very practical course where students have the opportunity to participate to the maximum, doing experiments, programming and solving problems that allow them to approach the day to day of a scientist. Keep in mind that these activities should be developed during a full working week (5 days), 7-8 hours a day. There is an opening activity for instructors 1 day prior to launching CdeCPeru week, and a student symposium by the end where students present their results to the community.
For CdeCPeru, a competitive Club is the one that helps students to develop their scientific skills and intuition through engaging exercises that introduce them to exciting science topics!
Examples of previous clubs activities had included:
Extending our sense of sight by building electronics.
Performing bioinformatic analyses to understand the students ancestry.
Learning semiconductors by building lasers and microcontrollers.
Applying machine learning to find the best tacos in the city.
Learning the the ecologic diversity of the host city.
Creating new ventures based on local scientific developments to help their communities.
Check out our previous clubs in the Mexico YouTube Channel!
WHAT IS THE DESIRABLE PROFILE OF A FOREIGN INSTRUCTOR?
Graduate students (preferably PhDs), Postdocs, and Professors from ANY nationality in STEM-related fields affiliated to research institutions or with previous research experience. Professionals in tech or biotech companies as well as entrepreneurs are also welcome to apply!
Teaching experience recommended.
Be willing to immerse yourself in different cultures.
Strong communication skills with a focus in teamwork.
Diverse and exciting club proposal!
DO I NEED TO SPEAK SPANISH TO PARTICIPATE?
Speaking Spanish is not a requirement. However, we do encourage you to try to immerse yourself in the culture and tradition of your host city.
CdeCPeru organizes clubs in both Spanish and English and students are notified ahead of time to increase their appealing to take your Club.
Spanish is recommended as it facilitates interaction with instructors from Peru, however we will try our best to match you with someone able to translate.
You may need the language in case you want to impart a Club in collaboration with an instructor who only speaks Spanish.
HOW DO I BECOME AN INSTRUCTOR?
First of all, you must wait for the launch of the call for instructors in our website. Here!
Fill out your application in which you will describe your "Club" proposal.
Wait to hear from us!
IMPORTANT DATES FOR INSTRUCTORS
MARCH 10th: Open call for international instructors.
MARCH 25th: Close call with the deadline at 23:59 hr (Peru time)
LAST Week of MARCH: Skype call to talk about Club proposal details (only when CdeCPeru admissions team has an important question)
1st Week of APRIL: Instructor admissions notifications.
APRIL 9th: Last day to confirm participation as instructor (Selected instructors only).
HOW CAN I IMPROVE MY POSSIBILITIES TO BE SELECTED?
The application to our program is competitive. The number of clubs we accept is limited to the financial support that CdeCPeru receives, which means that unfortunately we can only accept 5% of the instructors who apply.
That's why you must apply with a super rad idea!
Some suggestions to improve your chances:
Focus on exciting, super awesome activities non-traditional to a conventional classroom! Use experiments and programming, apply critical thinking, and help students to appreciate new approaches to tackle problems.
Think of an innovative science topic that you would like to teach, and think about it creatively. This is your opportunity to design a course you would have wanted to receive while in high school or college!
Simple activities that help students to understand advanced scientific concepts in your field. The Higgs Boson as an energy piggy bank, viruses as infiltrating agents, entropy in a salt shaker, etc.
CAN I PARTICIPATE IF I’M STUDYING IN EUROPE OR IN OTHER PART OF THE WORLD BESIDES THE US?
Yes! However, if you are selected, CdeCPeru can cover a round trip flight cost of USD $900. We will pay up to $1200 USD in exceptional cases. If there is a remaining amount it can be covered by an institution sponsoring you. Most of the time, your university is willing to take that expense if you can explain what this wonderful science outreach initiative entails! We would also provide contact with potential sponsor entities to cover that extra amount, if it is necessary.
I AM PERUVIAN STUDYING/WORKING OUTSIDE PERU. CAN I APPLY AS AN INTERNATIONAL INSTRUCTOR?
Yes! Please, apply. We encourage applications from Peruvians around the world.
see you in July!
*Adapted from C. Márquez, S. Cantú, H. Arellano, P.Hernández, P. Andrade, members of the CdeCMx team.