The international panel is appointed by the HundrED project, which is a global initiative originated in Finland. HundrED wants to share information about and recognise best practices in education in order to spread successful pilot actions across the globe. In order to reach this goal, HundrED operates three key factors of identification - 100 new innovations trialled in schools across Finland over the course of one year, 100 case studies of innovations already changing the face of education globally, and 100 interviews with education thought leaders and change-makers from around the world.
Scientix, which is coordinated by European Schoolnet with financial support from the Horizon 2020 framework of the European Union for research and innovation, is among the first ten global activities to be recognised by HundrED. This was announced at the BETT education fair in London, England, on Wednesday 25 January 2017, which brings together thousands of educators and leading companies in the development of education technology.
"Every teacher that has used Scientix, every Scientix Ambassador, all STEM projects, and colleagues at Ministries of Education and the European Commission that have contributed to STEM education in Europe for the past six years, have been recognised by this award", says Dr. Àgueda Gras-Velázquez, Science Programme Manager at European Schoolnet and Project Manager of Scientix.
HundrED's international panel is composed of the following experts:
- Valerie Hannon, board director of Innovation Unit, UK.
- Anthony Mackay, chair of GELP and CEO of the Centre for Strategic Education, Australia.
- Shukla Bose, founder and head of the Parikrma Humanity Foundation, India.
- Shafika Isaacs, international consultant of ICT in Education, South Africa.
- Pasi Sahlberg, expert in the Finnish education system, Finland/USA.
- Yaacov Hecht, founder of the Democratic Education movement, Israel.
- Ingvi Omarsson, teacher and innovation specialist, Iceland.
- Hanna Sarakorpi, principal of Saunlahti School, Finland.
Watch the Scientix video to learn more about the project's achievements in the first six years of operation.