Russian in the Sky and in Outer Space
Russian Student Program
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The STARTALK Student Program, "Russian in the Sky and in Outer Space," aims to enroll 20 high school Russian heritage language students
in a four-week intensive language program. The program combines the history of the most important events of space exploration with that of
aircraft design and the language of science and technology. A content-based component STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics)
is woven into this program through a partnership with the Museum of Flight. Students’ various
interests are further addressed by a range of projects above and beyond the STEM topics.
- 5 UW credits by enrolling in RUSS 499 through the Slavic Department
- 100 hours of total instructional content with emphasis on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math)
- Scholarship Assistance for ACTFL OPIc (Oral Proficiency Interview computer-based) and WPT (Writing Proficiency Test), and the possibility for high school students
to earn up to 4 competency-based credits for high school world languages
- Increased linguistic accuracy and sensitivity to cultural norms
- Two exciting trips to the Museum of Flight: the Aviation Learning Center and the Challenger Learning Center
- Meetings with Russian professionals from Microsoft and Boeing
- Elective Projects beyond STEM topics
- Friday movies and games
Goals of the Program
- to sharpen and expand students’ use of formal Russian language beyond intimate family speech
- to strengthen students’ reading, writing, speaking and listening ability, especially in formal Russian language in varied disciplines
- to prepare students to take their Russia language skills out into the Russian community and the world
UW Summer Quarter Registration Fee for the four-week Student Program: $44
Program Director: Anatoliy Klots
Student Program Lead Instructor: Dr. Svetlana Abramova
"STARTALK offered me a way to share my Russian culture with others and learn more about my heritage as something to be proud of in the process. It was wonderful to meet new people and compare my experiences with their own, as well as discovering relationships between Russia and America that I never knew existed."
"The STARTALK Student Program appealed to me because of the opportunities I received to work with flourishing young minds of students who were able to speak Russian. The program allowed people with similar backgrounds and interests to meet one another, and, through personal and direct conversation, develop their skills in a way no classroom environment can."
"I enjoyed the STARTALK program because of the people I met, it's pretty rare to come across other russophonic kids, especially ones that share your interests."