Hacettepe Science Center is based at Hacettepe Technopolis in Hacettepe University campus. The HSC aims to promote public engagement with Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). It unites STEM practitioners, researchers, policymakers and public to enhance the quality of STEM education and broaden participation in STEM. The HSC has researchers with extensive experience in STEM curriculum development, in-service teacher training activities and public engagement of STEM. The HSC has a tradition to implement and disseminate innovative approaches and resources into schools, informal settings, pre- and in-service teacher education programs and beyond.
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Gultekin Cakmakci has been elected a life member of the Public Communication of Science and Technology (PCST) Network. PCST awards honorary life membership of the network to individuals who have made a distinguished contribution to the international science communication community.
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CURRENT PROJECTS

SOCIAL SKILLS MATTER!

SOCIAL SKILLS MATTER!

SOBER (2020-2023) is an Erasmus+ project supporting social skills development and STEM orientation for a better life. Hacettepe Science Center and partners from Hungary, Belgium and Poland work closely together to develop innovative approaches, which aims to promote students' social and emotional skills.
STEM FEST

STEM FEST

Learning in Informal Settings
Since 2015, every year, STEM & Makers Festivals have been organised in different cities in Turkey. STEM & Makers Fest/Expo aims to promote public engagement with STEM. So far, more than 200,000 participants from different age groups have engaged with our STEM & Makers activities.
JOURNAL

JOURNAL

Journal of Research in STEM Education (J-STEM) is a multidisciplinary journal that focuses on enhancing the quality of teaching and learning in the fields of STEM by making the results of rigorous research findings to researchers, practitioners, and policy makers.
NEWS AGGREGATOR

NEWS AGGREGATOR

Learning in Non-formal Settings
STEM News Aggregator, which aggregates science, technology, health, education and business news content from a variety of sources (e.g. online newspapers and popular magazines) and feeds them to its users.
STEM PD

STEM PD

Community of Practice
STEM PD Community of Practice (STEM CoP) aims to bring together researchers, practitioners and stakeholders from around the world to discuss issues related to STEM Education. STEM CoP develops STEM Curricula and run STEM PD programs in different countries. STEM CoP also publishes journals and books in STEM education.

THE ONLY WAY TO DO IT IS TO DO IT!

TEAM

He is a Professor of Science Education at Hacettepe University and has been teaching courses on STEM education and public engagement with STEM. He has involved in several national and international projects such as European Commission H2020 (e.g., MOST) and FP7 projects (e.g., SAILS, S-TEAM, and MaScil). He, among others, has developed the new Turkish Science Curriculum, which has been implemented in Turkey since September 2017.
Gultekin Cakmakci

Gultekin Cakmakci

Director

Hande Toluv received her B.Sc. degree in science education from Hacettepe University. She is the project manager of Public Engagement of Science including the STEM & Makers Fest/Expo. She also runs science slams and science experiments at a national TV channel called “Kanal B”. Currently she is doing her second undergraduate degree in Radio & Television programming at Anadolu University and her master in Science Communication.
Hande Toluv

Hande Toluv

Manager

Simge Özen is Public Relations Manager. She received her B.A. degree in English Linguistics from Hacettepe University and earned her M.A. Degree in Public Relations and Advertising from Ankara University. She started her career as Project Management Coordinator at General Electrics (GE) Healthcare. She leaded GE Project team in domestic and overseas operations for project planning, effective communication and proficient execution.
Simge Ozen

Simge Ozen

Public Relations Manager

Hacettepe Science Center and Hacettepe University STEM & Maker Lab have dedicated team members who have experience in running Inquiry-Based Learning (IBL) activities with different age groups and have experience in widespread dissemination of EU projects’ resources through PD courses, STEM Festivals and press. The team also has experience in running Professional Development (PD) programs on an international level.
Crew

Crew

A Dedicated Team

ENGINEERING THE FUTURE OF SOCIETY BY EMPOWERING ITS IMAGINATION, CREATIVITY AND INNOVATION

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