Bilkent Erzurum Laboratory School Science Club teachers have attended the METU Science Fair in Ankara and visited the Science Museum in London as the first steps in establishing a regional science center that will, it is hoped, improve scientific literacy among not only BELS students but also those in the surrounding region. The center would in addition help students develop new scientific projects, in line with the BELS mission and vision.
Hands-on science activities encountered during the visits included competitions, demonstrations, quizzes and games. In addition, the club teachers talked to representatives of a company that provides scientific instruments needed in a science center about the theme and concept of such a center, as well as the necessary instruments; to gain further information, they also visited three science centers established by the company.
BELS Science Club teachers are continuing to work toward the establishment of a science center in Erzurum that will meet international standards and feature advanced technology, in order to nurture young people who can think scientifically and also creatively.