Secondary Education

Rocket69

Description: 

"Rocket 69“ is an educational scientific entertaining TV contest for young people to show that STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) can be fun and I can do it, while offering excitement and new knowledge. The name of the show comes from the fact that on 1969 the first man stepped on the Moon.

 

All students starting from age 15 until university students from 1st or 2nd year of studies can apply for the show. 15 contestants are chosen through casting and the casting process makes up the 1st episode of the show.

 

Contestants solve the assignments in groups and from 10th episode also individually. In the end of each episode one contestant has to leave after 1:1 scientific duel. All assignments demand creativity, theoretical scientific knowledge and ability to use it in practices.

 

In the Grand Finale 2 finalists have to solve complex assignment that will show all their abilities. There is 1 personal winner who wins the 10 000€ scholarship to support his/her studies.

 

The Judging panel consists of Host of the show (young scientist) and 3 main judges who are also researchers.

 

Locations. 9 episodes are shot in a studio built for the show. Starting from 10th episode the locations vary – different science labs and research organizations, companies etc. For the Grand Finale studio will be built up again.

 

Production consists of 2 teams: TV Production Team and Science Editor Team. Science Editor and its team consist of mainly young scientists design the assignments. Together with the TV production team they prepare the assignments, to have both the scientific content and the visual attractiveness joined in the action.

 

All assignments and solutions are explained with voice-over, by graphical illustrations during the show and also commented by judges. In addition the Science Editor creates deeper explanations in web for each assignment that can be used as STEM teaching material at school. The show is supported by cross-media approach – radio, newspapers, web, Facebook and other social media channels.

 

The format of the Rocket69 has been developed in the framework of the TeaMe programme of the Estonian Research Council with co-financing from the European Social Fund, European Regional Fund and the Estonian state.

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Impact: 

It is difficult to measure the direct impact of TV-show, but we can see the signs in the society that it has had an impact.

 

At school we can see that the Assignments from TV-episodes are directly used in STEM classes or teachers get ideas for creating their own team-assignments for the classes (we do have up to 45 assignments in stock per season). Rocket69-format has become a teaching method. Rocket69 roadshows go to schools involving former participants and judges (reseachers) and Rocket69 participants have become real stars in real life.

 

And also in society – young children who are not yet in the age of entering Rocket69 keep asking will there still be the show when I grow up and tell their parents to organise their birthday parties in Rocket69 style. Last year there were these 2 random leads in our daily newspapares talking about the finals of Season 7: 

 

„It’s a very unusual show at Estonian TV landscape: they do not show psychics telling you how to find your happiness or famous people making fools of themselves. Instead you really learn something new each episode, while also getting entertained. Very rare in our media!“

 

„Rocket69 is exiting! The final of the Season 7 was like duel of cross-country skiers Thomas Wassberg and Juha Mieto at Lake Placid Olympics on 1980!“

Reach: 

The reach is very different on different Seasons (8th will start in January 2018). We could say that the average reach per episode through the Seasons has been 80-100 000 inlcuding children under 12 who are not part of the media-monitoring system.

Budget and funding model: 

The show is currently mainly funded from European Structural funds and in addition by local companies and univeristies.

Coding Summer School

Description: 

Coding Summer School is an intensive week-long event that immerses primary- and secondary age students in the world of coding and app development. The hands-on programme is taught by industry professionals and organised by ThinkYoung in cooperation with Boeing. By giving students a week-long immersive experience that culminates in students creating their own app, the programme aims to enthuse students for STEM subjects and kick-start their education in this field.

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While the current education systems usually leave little room for experimentation, innovative approaches in non-formal education settings can provide useful evidence about what works and what doesn’t. In this sense showcasing good practice examples from non-formal education initiatives provides policy makers with unique insights that can inform policy design and implementation. This impact can be felt in the interest from the Estonian Presidency to join the 2017 Coding school along with education ministers from the 28 member states in order to share best practises in innovative ways of educating. This involvement will serve as a base for the European Council’s upcoming discussions on the future of Education in the European sphere. Initiatives such as the Boeing & ThinkYoung Coding Summer School can be invaluable to policy makers as an instrument to steer the debate.

Reach: 

The goal of this initiative is to foster the interest of STEM skills and kick-start education in this field for young people, with a specific focus on the gender gap in STEM. In the 2 editions run of the Coding Summer School roughly 200 kids between the ages of 11 and 17 have been trained. With 70% of females targeted and reached.

Budget and funding model: 

Coding Summer School is an initiative of Boeing.

StarT Finland

Description: 

StarT is the flagship programme of the LUMA Centre Finland (Finnish STEM platform). Launched in 2016, the programme's main objective is to bring science, mathematics and technology closer to children and youngsters through interdisciplinary, project-based collaborative learning. The programme is implemented by LUMA Centre Finland (network between 13 regional STEM education centre within Finnish universities) through 'learning communities', supported by collaboration partners including the Finnish National Agency for Education and companies in the field of science and technology like IBM.

 

The StarT programme is implemented on three levels:|
 

  1. Local level: kindergartens, primary schools, high schools, and extracurricular activity groups participating in StarT
     
  2. Regional level: StarT festivals organized all around Finland by the LUMA centers together with local partners (does not apply to non-Finnish participants)
     
  3. National / International level: the LUMA Centre Finland organizes the StarT Gala, where teams chosen by the StarT jury – also non-Finnish teams – are awarded
     

In these levels, the StarT programme supports project-based learning in the local learning communities, StarT festivals and a national/international StarT gala.

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The overall feedback has been excellent. For example, in relation to a math related learning project teachers noted that: “Children have learned to create their own ideas, to solve problems in a team, work together to overcome difficulties, associate the amount of things with numbers, improved perception of time and counting skills. During the festival they developed not only mathematical skills, but also improved their social skills.” In school year 2016-2017 support material was sent through the StarT newsletter to 500 learning communities in Finland. There were ca. 10 000 participants (kids/youth/teachers/educators) in StarT learning communities, ca. 1000 participants in regional StarT festivals and ca. 400 participant in national/international StarT Gala.

Reach: 

In the 2016-2017 school year, the StarT programme supported 400 learning communities from Finland and 350 learning communities from abroad with participants from 36 countries. 

Budget and funding model: 

StarT learning projects are carried out in learning communities like day care centres, kindergartens, schools etc. around the country and funded by themselves. Regional and national StarT marketing as well as the regional StarT festivals and national/international StarT Gala are funded by the Finnish universities and the sponsoring companies.

STEM Teacher Academy

Description: 

STEM Teacher Academy is a programme of the Dutch national STEM platform aimed at improving the content of STEM courses (and the way it is taught) in secondary education through cooperation with industry. The programme was launched in 2014 for a three year period and contributes to objectives set in the Dutch national Technology Pact and several government programmes aimed at reducing teacher shortages. 

 

The programme's main ambition is to provide the most up-to-date teaching tools to STEM teachers in secondary education, now and in the future. This ambition is implemented through various activities, including guest-lectures by industry professionals and short-term 'internships' for teachers in technology companies. The programme is structured to build lasting links between technology companies and classroom and builds on existing regionalised networks and programmes, including the VO-HO netwerken (pre-university secondary education) and Toptechniek in Bedrijf (VET).  

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PBT
Impact: 

The programme achieved nearly 100% geographical coverage. In addition, the programme also sparked pilots for the inclusion of company traineeships in the curriculum of  teacher training programmes in eight universities of applied science (UAS).

Reach: 

The STEM Teacher Academy programme was part of a 3-year government 'impulse', and was completed in 2017. The programme achieved near 100% coverage by realising 19 regional networks that involved 227 companies, and trained 814 STEM teachers. 

Budget and funding model: 

The STEM Teacher Academy programme was funded by government as a fixed-term 3 year programme, as part of a broader effort to reduce teacher shortages and increase the quality of teaching. Companies contributed to the programme 'in kind' (e.g. by allowing their employees time off to give guest-lectures etc.). 

VO-HO Netwerken

Description: 

The VO-HO Netwerken (Secondary-Higher Education Networks) were set up in 2004 as part of the Deltaplan Bèta Techniek (Dutch national STEM strategy). The main goals of the networks are the professional development of secondary education teachers and principals, the continual innovation of courses and curricula and the improvement of the connection between secondary education (VO) and higher education (HO). The networks offer a wide pallet of activities for students, teachers, technical teacher assistants and heads of schools with a focus on STEM education. Currently there are are ten regional networks that consist of universities,  higher education institutions, (pre-univeristy) secondary schools and business and societal institutions. The specific objectives are set by each regional network independently, in alignment with the regional context and objectives. 

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Impact: 

The specific objectives of the networks are set and monitored on a regional level, and thus vary from network to network.  However, an indepedent study of the Radbout University Nijmegen on the effectivess of the networks (Raab et al, 2017) showed that in the period 2008-2010, 59.5 per cent of the overall enrollment in STEM studies (which grew over 3 times faster than total enrollment in higher education) can be attributed directly to the collaborations. The study also concluded that the VO-HO Netwerken are a highly cost-efficient policy instrument. 

Reach: 

The Networks cover of 361 (pre-university) secondary schools (60% of the total), 22 universities of applies sciences and 12 research universities. Together they reache more than 35.000 students and 3.800 teachers annually.

Budget and funding model: 

The networks are coordinated by the Dutch national STEM platform (PBT) and co-financed by the Dutch government, industry and the participating institutions. 

Jet-Net

Description: 

Jet-Net (Youth and Technology Network Netherlands) is a joint initiative of leading Dutch technology companies and secondary (pre-college) schools aimed at promoting STEM uptake through one-on-one school-company partnerships. The programme was founded by five Dutch technology companies (Shell, Philips, DSM, AkzoNobel and Unilever) in 2002 and currently involves more than 90 technology companies and 180 pre-university secondary schools (aprox. 40% of total). In collaboration with the schools, 'Jet-Net companies' develop an educational environment with practical content for the science curriculum and provide students with experiences that show that technology is challenging, meaningful and socially relevant.

 

In 2012, a Danish version of the Jet-Net programme was launched by the Danish House of Natural Sciences under the name Jet-Net.dk. The Jet-Net.dk programme grew to involve over 60 technology companies in under three years. 

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Impact: 

STEM uptake (students opting for a one of the two STEM tracks in their fourth year) in Jet-Net schools is significantly higher than the national average (more info can be found on the Jet-Net website).

Reach: 

Between 2002 and 2016 Jet-Net has grown from 5 to 92 associated companies and from 15 to 180 schools. The Jet-Net companies invested a combined total of 6 million euros in Jet-Net programmes. At the moment 60.000 students are reached through the Jet-Net program and 300 teachers are aligned.

Budget and funding model: 

The Jet-Net programme is co-funded by government and industry. It's yearly budget for programme management is EUR 800.000 (co-funded by industry and government). Direct contributions to the programme activities from industry (in cash and in-kind) are estimated to exceed EUR 6 millon per year.

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