CGS Academia

Winner of the “Best Learning Experience” award at the Education Business Awards 2016, the CGS Academia programme, which has been running for 4 consecutive years, is aimed at highly motivated school students with high academic achievements.

The programme aims to stimulate critical and creative thinking as well as enhance the students’ skills in problem-solving, analysis and synthesis by providing participants with stimuli from a wide range of cognitive subjects such as Astrophysics, Visual Arts, Creative Writing, Philosophy, Programming, Public Speaking, etc.

 

The Programme

CGS Academia is divided into 2 age groups: Junior CGS Academia which caters for students in MYP Years 2 & 3 and Senior CGS Academia which caters for students in MYP Years 4 & 5.

Junior Academia covers a multitude of subject areas, both in the Humanities and Social Sciences and in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics). Participants have the opportunity to attend presentations, lectures and experiential workshops aimed at introducing them to scientific subjects outside the curriculum of secondary education, which will be explored further in subsequent years of participation in the CGS Academia.
In the Senior Academia programme, MYP Years 4 & 5 students are assigned to either the Academia “STEM” or Academia “Humanities and Social Sciences” programmes depending on their performances, but also on their talents and their preferences. Participants have the opportunity to attend presentations, lectures and experiential workshops aimed at introducing them to scientific subjects outside the curriculum of secondary education.

 

 

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Courses

Courses are designed to provide information and knowledge from various fields of science, both within and beyond the national curriculum, depending on the age of the pupils they cater to.

The content of each course is based on new research and pedagogical trends.

Throughout the academic year 2018-2019, the courses offered are as follows:

The Junior Academia course includes the following topics:

  • Creative writing – Folk stories and Fairy tales/ Haikou
  • Mathematics – The Sand Reckoner (Psammites)
  • Programming with Raspberry Pi
  • Public speaking
  • Introduction to the History and Theory of Architecture
  • Introduction to Astrophysics
  • Visual Arts, Mapping 7 moments from everyday life

The Senior Academia course specialising in STEM includes the following subjects:

  • Introduction to the History and Theory of Architecture
  • Bio-medicine, in collaboration with the National Technical University of Athens
  • Telescopy, in collaboration with the Athens Observatory
  • Programming and Robotics, The concept of algorithms – the Analyzing, Application and Implementation of algorithms in Python
  • Introduction to Relativity Theory
  • Introduction to Economics
  • Further mathematics
  • Leadership & Entrepreneurship

 

The Senior Academia course focusing on the Humanities & Social Sciences includes subjects such as:

  • Creative writing – Prose / poetry on  “Human Rights”
  • Introduction to the History and Theory of Architecture
  • Defence Mechanisms and their Operation
  • Applied Ethics – Bioethics
  • Language and Gender Identity
  • Introduction to Economics
  • Leadership & Entrepreneurship

 

Selection procedure

In order to be admitted to the Academia programme, a student must have selected from 4 courses (disciplines).

The choice of pupils is based on the following criteria, the majority of which must be met:

  • Previous academic marks and / or descriptive assessment
  • Awards/prizes received in student competitions
  • Demonstration of creative and critical thinking
  • High motivation to learn and commitment to goals
  • Advanced collaboration and communication skills

A student who demonstrates remarkable progress and / or the above characteristics may be recommended for the Academia programme during the academic year and participate in the programme for their corresponding age with the commencement of the next course.

For more information on CGS Academia, please contact Pandora Sifnioti at the following email address:

[email protected].

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