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) and initiate Open Science and Citizen Science projects. 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, public engagement of STEM and Citizen Science. 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.READ MORE
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.READ MORE
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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.
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 250,000 participants from different age groups have engaged with our STEM & Makers activities.
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.
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.
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!
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 Horizon 2020, Horizon Europe, and FP7 projects. He, among others, has developed the new Turkish Science Curriculum and Science Practices Curriculum, which have been implemented in Turkey since 2018.
Esma Hazal Yilmaz received her bachelor's degree from Hacettepe University, Department of Statistics. She started her career as a data labeling expert in an artificial intelligence company. After completing Big Data and Business Analytics program from Istanbul Technical University, her focus has been on big data and UX design. She is currently working as a researcher in an EU project entitled the Social Skill Development and STEM Orientation for a Better Life (SOBER).
Esma Hazal Yilmaz
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.
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.
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.