ACTIVITIES

Extracurricular activities play an important role for the acquisition of knowledge and skills intended to be achieved by our students through the Science program. Through extracurricular activities, students participate in applied projects with group members. They also learn to collaborate with their peers in other schools. Here are some examples of activities our students have participated in and organized.

 

Mole Day Celebration

Mole day is annually celebrated worldwide on 23rd of October. Every year at Üsküdar American Academy, our students perform visual and joyful chemical experiments to better understand the ‘Mole Concept’.

 

JETS Competition

The JETS Teams competition is an international contest that is held concurrently with the states of the United States.

TEAMS is an annual competition that gives students an opportunity to discover engineering and how knowledge in engineering can help make a difference in the world.  Students work collaboratively to solve real-world engineering challenges, applying their math and science skills in practical, creative ways.

There are 3 stages in the contest;

1st stage: Essay – Each team researches and writes an in-depth essay which is submitted electronically prior to their competition date.

2nd stage: Multiple Choice – High school teams have 90 minutes to solve 80 multiple choice questions focused on 8 engineering scenarios related to the annual competition theme.

3rd stage: Design/Build – Using designated materials, teams have 75 minutes to complete a hands-on design challenge related to the annual competition theme. A materials list is posted in the TEAMS Coach online account. All team members participate in the Design/Build.

The team that has the first place in the competition is invited to USA for the continuation of the competition.

Related website: http://teams.tsaweb.org/


BEST (In conjunction with Yıldız Technical University)

BEST Engineering competition is organized by university students who are from  engineering club at Yıldız Technical University. Every year, they have specific topics such as earthquake, wind car etc. During the competition students are expected to build their own design according to  the topic. At the end of the competition, the products are evaluated based on some categories such as budget, creativity and reliability. Our school winner competes with other schools’ winners in “BEST of BEST Competition.”

 

UAA Lab Skills Challenge

This is an in school competition organized by our students to develop lab skills in all fields of science. Each subject area (chemistry, physics and biology) has a specific lab challenge and students need to set up an experimental design to come with a solution. These designs are then judged by the science faculty.