Meeting the inventors of the future with science and technology


In the “Discovery”, “Design and Production” and “Technology” workshops in the Education Center and Workshops section of the Presidential National Library, activities are organized to increase the interest and curiosity of children between the ages of 5-17 in science and technology.

In the workshops, which were established by TÜBİTAK affiliated to the Ministry of Industry and Technology, and the educational contents were prepared by academicians who are experts in their fields, activities such as robotic coding, mobile application, wood design, three-dimensional pyramid and prism construction with geometric shapes, design and modeling, and electronic programming are carried out.

With the events organized with a small number of participants due to the Kovid-19 epidemic, it is aimed to increase the curiosity of children in science and technology, to enable them to discover scientific concepts and to find solutions to the problems they encounter in daily life.

“They are familiar with algorithms, coding and electronic programming”

Presidential National Library Training Center and Workshops Coordinator Ayhan Bozkurt gave information about the events to AA correspondent and said that the Discovery Workshop contains content suitable for children aged 5-10, and the Design and Production and Technology workshops for children aged 9-17.

Bozkurt explained that children learned to think scientifically in the Discovery Workshop, that they were familiar with algorithms, coding and electronic programming in the Technology Workshop, and that they experienced modeling and design-oriented problem solving in the Design and Production Workshop.

Bozkurt, who also gave information about the content of the events, said:

“For example, we have a shelter event at the Discovery Workshop. Here, children understand what kind of structures live animals and people live in, what the concept of shelter is, and they start to build a shelter. In the Da Vinci Bridge event, he understands the concept of a bridge, then together we create a prototype of the Da Vinci bridge. In the Technology Workshop, they see mobile applications, robotic coding, humanoid robots.In the Design and Production Workshop, there are many activities that teach children about prototyping and design-oriented thinking, such as wood design, ‘I’m Designing My Own Cargo Ship’, ‘I’m Designing an Airplane Wing’. “

Registration can be created at “www.mk.gov.tr”

Bozkurt said that the duration of the events varies according to the content and the type of the event, that some events last between 30-45 minutes and some events between 2-4 hours.

Explaining that the trainers received the trainings organized by TÜBİTAK, Bozkurt stated that in this way, they had information about the implementation of the workshops, the pedagogical considerations, and the use of devices and equipment.

Bozkurt stated that parents can register for the weekday and weekend events on the website of the Presidential National Library “www.mk.gov.tr” and that they are also working on a reservation system.

Stating that they want to encourage studies within the framework of science and technology, Bozkurt said, “We aim to make children experience science and technology and to shine a light in their minds. If they have a talent, they can head there, maybe small inventors will emerge.” said.

“I want to make a flying car when I grow up”

6-year-old Halil İbrahim Muslu, who participated in the “Pyramid and Prism” event at the Discovery Workshop, said that they made three-dimensional prisms, cubes, pyramids, pentagonal pyramids and hexagonal prisms based on the geometric shapes of triangles, squares, pentagons and hexagons.

Stating that he heard about science and technology, Muslu said, “I will be an inventor anyway. When I grow up, I want to make a flying car, a water-driving car and a non-hand drive car. I want to do something useful for our world.” said.

“Due to the pandemic, children stayed at home all year”

Another participant, 5.5-year-old Meryem Anka Esi, said that she enjoyed the activity and learned two- and three-dimensional objects here.

Esi’s mother, Oben Esi, also stated that they participated in the event by seeing the event on the social media accounts of the Millet Library.

“Due to the pandemic, children stayed at home all year. During the winter and autumn periods, they did not have the chance to participate in such activities where they could socialize and learn. So I asked him, ‘Do you want to go?’ I asked, ‘I would love to.’ “We signed up right away and joined the event.”

Expressing that her daughter left the event very happy and wants to come again, Esi stated that both her son’s longing for socialization and the library environment were effective in this.