1. WHAT IS CLUBES DE CIENCIA MÉXICO (CdeCMx)?
We are an organization of young scientists in Mexico and abroad. Our mission is to expand access to high-quality science education and to inspire and mentor the future generation of scientists and innovators in Mexico through international scientific networks.
2. WHAT IS THE WEEK OF “CLUBES DE CIENCIA”?
It’s an intensive one-week event with hands-on workshops on cutting-edge scientific topics, social activities, and networking opportunities.
3. WHAT IS A “CLUB”?
A "Club" is a hands-on, intensive course for high school and undergraduate students. CdeCMx pairs a foreign-based instructor and a Mexico-based instructor to design and implement a club during the Clubes de Ciencia week. If you happen to be selected as an instructor, you will collaborate with a Mexico-based Instructor, it is a great cultural experience!
Check out our more clubs on our YouTube Channel!
4. WHAT DOES AN INSTRUCTOR DO?
Introduces students to cutting-edge scientific topics by implementing a combination of experimental, computational and theoretical activities. Through this model, we reinforce students aptitude for critical thinking, at the same time, we engage students 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 Mexico.
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.
5. DO I HAVE TO DESIGN A CLUB TO BECOME AN INSTRUCTOR?
All CdeCMx instructors design and implement a Club! Each team of instructors will have 300USD to purchase materials you will need for the development of your Club. Return flight is provided for all instructor based outside of Mexico.
We have 2 modalities of participation:
Involvement 50/50 with another Mexican instructor so both works to develop the same Club.
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)
6. 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 (Monday-Friday), 6-7 hours a day. There is an opening ceremony on Sunday prior to launching CdeCMx week, and a student symposium by the end where students present their results to the community.
For CdeCMx, 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 ecological diversity of the host city.
Creating new ventures based on local scientific developments to help their communities.
Check out our previous clubs on our YouTube Channel!
7. WHAT IS THE DESIRABLE PROFILE OF A FOREIGN INSTRUCTOR?
Graduate students (preferably PhDs) and Postdocs 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!
8. 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.
CdeCMx organizes clubs in both Spanish and English and students are notified ahead of time about the language in which the Club will be taught.
Spanish is recommended as it facilitates interaction with instructors from Mexico, however, we will try our best to team you up with someone fluent in English.
9. HOW DO I BECOME AN INSTRUCTOR?
First of all, wait for the opening of the call for instructors on our website.
Create your profile in clubesdeciencia.mx
Fill out your application and submit your "Club" proposal.
Wait to hear from us!
10. IMPORTANT DATES FOR INSTRUCTORS
Due to the current outbreak of coronavirus disease, we have decided to cancel the 2020 Clubes de Ciencia edition. Please stay tuned for exciting news on how we can support STEM education this summer online.
11. 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 CdeCMx receives, which means that unfortunately, we can only accept 10% 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.
12. CAN I PARTICIPATE IF I’M STUDYING IN EUROPE?
If you are selected, CdeCMx can cover the equivalent to the cost of a round trip US-MEX flight (up to $650 USD) and the remaining amount can be covered by the instructor or 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 love to bring more instructors from Europe, however, the restrictions we have due to the nature of our funding sources set a limit to the number of European instructors we can host per Summer edition.