In the first weeks of Marathon, challenges mostly involved coding or building apps. In this challenge, the main goal is to work on ideas, undertake some research, surveys, discuss with people at your school: so consulting-style solutions are more welcome than blind implementations of apps without well-though purpose and deep reasoning.
Lectures at high schools
Hack Slovakia (an organisation governing also the Hack Kosice Marathon), together with Pavol Jozef Šafárik University, the sponsor of this challenge, organise the “Lectures at high schools” program connecting high schools with potential external lecturers such as university professors or even skilled university students.
The goal of the program:
Motivate and educate students in the field of IT by providing high-quality education in a friendly and interactive way.
The program organises interesting and interactive lectures in the field of IT at high schools, tackling the following three problems:
Some high school students are bored, the traditional curriculum is not as eye-opening and exciting as it could be, and the topics taught at school are, in practice, often not much related to the students’ future lives
- The “Lecture” program broadens the knowledge of high-schoolers, grows their curiosity, and makes them excited by delivering an interesting, interactive, non-traditional lecture by an external lecturer
Teachers would like to get some inspiration from an external lecturer as well as better motivate their students with occasional out-of-curriculum classes
- The program allows high-school teachers to organise a more interesting (or rather different) class than is usually the case or even fill in gaps in the teacher’s timetable.
Potential lecturers would like to talk about the topics that they are passionate about. For example, a university professor might really enjoy making more students interested in his field, or a university student might benefit and improve their soft skill a lot by practising lecturing at high schools.
- The program allows passionate professors to teach what they are passionate about and spread the word about their team or department. University students and young professionals can get better at teaching and explaining their favourite topics.
How Hack Slovakia lectures work right now
Reach-out: A teacher gets to know about this opportunity (by word of mouth, web search, emails, social media, from students and other sources).
Lecture request: The teacher sends a request for a specific lecture, indicating availability and other constraints (e.g. by submitting a form or sending an email) – the set of available topics is specified on the website.
Matching with lecturer: Hack Slovakia finds a lecturer who can present the requested topic and schedules a specific slot. If it is a larger lecture (e.g. for more classes or the whole school), Hack Slovakia finds a moderator who will help filter and pick questions submitted during the lecture.
Lecture: The scheduled lecture takes place, e.g. via Zoom, Teams, or a similar platform (one covid allows, the lecture will be able to take place in schools in person). Questions are asked at the end, which makes each lecture very unique and even more interesting for the students.
Feedback: After the lecture, the students fill in a feedback form to brainstorm about possible improvements for the future.
- The students can express their feedback and give really valuable points for improvements (some of them really like the lectures!)
- The feedback is valuable for the teacher to know how students liked the lecture, and which other topics they would potentially welcome next time
- The lecturer can improve based on the feedback they got
- The feedback helps Hack Slovakia steer the program, e.g. change how lectures work, which topics are offered, what should the approach of lecturers towards student be, etc.
The program is already running (although in an early stage) under Hack Slovakia. Your task, during this two-week Marathon challenge, is to work with us to improve the concept and take it further!