New competition on STEM teaching


07/10/2013

inGenious new school competition brings STEM classes to life in the next school year. The inGenious competition calls for all teachers in Europe to help their pupils better see the link between their passions, the set of skills which make them possible, and the education paths leading to those skills.

From biotechnology to digital media, from energy to cloud computing, from environment to robotics, almost every job area today is strongly affected, if not entirely reshaped, by scientific and technological advancements. Still, young people in developed countries do not place high value on science and technology (according to three major surveys: Pisa, Rose, Timms)1 Pupils in wealthy countries are not enthusiastic about science in school, as they think “it's not showing them the importance of Science & Technology for our way of living, or increasing their career chances.”2

Teachers are invited to unleash their creativity to bring real-life Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) into class in the next school year: from thought-provoking lessons and activities in class, to company visits or establishment of larger partnerships with local stakeholders (such as SME’s, industry experts, authorities and associations). By participating, they will help expose pupils to STEM workplace scenarios, break down common stereotypes (perceived difficulty, lack of creativity, or “not for girls”- thing), and create a pool of teaching resources focused on STEM careers to share will colleagues all over Europe.
 
The inGenious competition is open to all teachers (primary and secondary school level) from 30 countries (28 EU member states, Israel and Turkey). Teachers can submit their entry in one of the inGenious languages (DA, DE, EN, ES, FR, IT, NL, PT, SE). Applications are open until 28 February 2014. Then 30 finalists will be invited to attend the inGenious European Award Ceremony in Brussels, Belgium, in 2014.
 
This competition is part of the inGenious Campaign, a set of initiatives launched this autumn to increase opportunities for young people to be exposed to STEM studies and jobs opportunities, among which: events, publications, the upcoming release of the inGenious video "Ignite your future", teacher training, and new tools, including online databases for role models and teaching resources.
 
More information, including dedicated FAQs, are available on www.ingenious-science.eu
 
 
For further information:
Michela Saputi – European Schoolnet michela.saputi@eun.org
 
About inGenious
inGenious is the European Coordinating Body in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Education. It is a joint initiative launched by European Schoolnet and the European Roundtable of Industrialists (ERT), with the support of the European Union’s Framework Programme for Research and Development (FP7), to promote school and industry collaboration in STEM teaching and career communications and change the future of STEM education.
 
inGenious members
Acer (IT), Amgen (US/BE), AP Moller Maersk (DA),  BASF (EU), Austrian Federal Ministry for Education – BM:UKK (AT), CEFIC (BE), Centar Zlata Vratna (HR), CGenial (FR), CSR Europe (EU), Danish Science Communication (DA), Portugal Education Ministry - DGIDC (PT), Dow (EU), European Center Women Technology (NO), European Petrochemical Association (BE), European Round Table of Industrialists (BE), Futurelab – National Foundation for Educational Research (UK), Italian Education Ministry Research Institute - Indire (IT), Makash (IL), Maersk (DA), Matena (SE), Microsoft (EU), My Science (UK), Nokia (FI), NVHUS (DA), Philips (NL), Plastics Europe, Platform Beta Techniek (NL), Sabanci University (TK), Shell (NL), SMART (UK), STMicroelectronics (FR), Telefonica (ES), Tiger Leap Foundation (ET), UAB (ES), Umicore (BE), Volvo (SE), Wissensfabrik (DE), Zilina University (SK)


1) The Relevance of Science Education (ROSE): http://roseproject.no/index.html ;
Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), by the OECD: http://www.oecd.org/pisa/ ;
2) Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS): timssandpirls.bc.edu

 

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