GDANSK/POLAND: This is the first time the Mobile Newton Room is visiting Poland, but the country is already very familiar with the Newton Concept.
Since 2019, FIRST Scandinavia and Boeing have brought the Concept to Poland four times! Through Pop-Up Rooms in Lodz and Rzeszow and the permanent Newton Room in Lodz opened in 2021, over 2,300 students in Poland have experienced Newton.
The Mobile Newton Room in Gdansk will be open for almost three weeks, from May 10 to May 26.
Over 250 students from Gdansk, Gdynia, and Sopot will participate in the 5-hour “Up in the Air with Numbers” educational module, where they will learn to apply mathematical knowledge to calculate and execute a flight plan in a flight simulator.All photos: Anna_Rezulak
CENTERALLY LOCATED. The room is located outside the offices of Inkubator Starter and Boeing, which was also the opening ceremony's premises.
At the opening ceremony, local stakeholders were introduced to the Newton Concept and saw the global educational model used in Newton Rooms.
“Here at the Mobile Newton Room in Gdansk, students will learn how mathematics is more than a page in a textbook, but skills that pilots use daily. All our trained Newton Teachers and Flight Simulator Instructors are there to support all students,” said the Managing Director of FIRST Scandinavia, Stian Elstad.
TEACHER AND TRAINERS. The trained teachers and instructors are Boeing Poland and Gdansk-based start-up Incubator STARTER employees.
“We are proud of the strong collaboration between Newton, Boeing, and Inkubator Starter in our continued efforts to spread Newton and our STEM education worldwide. We have received amazing feedback from children and schools in Poland who participated in the Newton experience during the last few years,” Stian Elstad continued.
“We are showing the children that science and technology are not abstract concepts”, said Honorata Hencel, a Director from Boeing Poland and Head of IT for Europe & Israel. “The calculations they make allow them to fly and navigate an aircraft. Understanding that theoretical knowledge has a practical application is important for anyone considering working in a technical field”.
“Being an entrepreneur is about innovation, but it is also about teamwork. Children learn both skills at the Newton Room in Gdańsk. We are glad to be part of this Newton classroom that allows us to build on our long-term activities for youth development in Gdansk and the Pomerania region”, commented Paweł Braun, CEO of Incubator STARTER.
Thie visit in Gdansk makes it the latest milestone resulting from a $5 million investment from Boeing in 2018 to create a European Newton network with FIRST Scandinavia. In addition to nearly 20 Pop-Up and Mobile Newton Rooms, 6 Newton Rooms have been established in European countries.
Managing Director FIRST Scandinavia, Stian Elstad.
Honorata Hencel, Director from Boeing Poland and Head of IT for Europe & Israel.
Paweł Braun, CEO of Incubator STARTER.