Teachers

European Science on Stage festivals

Description: 

Every two years, Science on Stage organises Europes biggest educational festival from and for STEM teachers. Each time hosted by a different country, the event brings together up to 450 STEM teachers from over 30 countries to share and exchange their ideas and concepts for a successful science education from primary to secondary school.

 

Every participant presents his or her good-practice teaching examples to their international colleagues at stands, in workshops and in on-stage-presentations. Following the principle 'from teachers for teachers' the festival supports the professional development of the educators. Furthermore the most innovative best-practice teaching concepts find their way to teacher trainings, brochures and teaching materials after the event.

Teachers are competitively selected to be part of their country’s delegation through rigorous application processes and national events.

 

The next European Science on Stage festival takes place from 31 October to 3 November 2019 at the Estoril Congress Center in Cascais, Portugal. 

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Science on Stage Europe
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The impact of our work can be measured by the personal benefit the teachers get through participating in our European Science on Stage festival. The results of the evaluation of the festivals demonstrate that the exchange of teachers has a positive effect on the motivation and joy in the profession. Indeed, participating teachers find many inspiring ideas for their STEM lessons and actually incorporate them practically in their own classrooms. However, the teachers do not only appreciate the exchange of inspiring ideas, but also the possibility to gain and maintain contacts made on an international basis. The improvement of science teaching and thus the promotion of students to consider a career in science, ICT and engineering, can be a good way to counteract the skilled worker shortage in these areas. (see Evaluation report)

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The festival brings together up to 450 STEM teachers from over 30 countries to share and exchange their ideas and concepts for a successful science education from primary to secondary school. These festivals are the peak of our work – they constitute a gateway for national follow-up activities of each individual Science on Stage country. Through the festivals, newly acquired concepts find their way to teacher trainings, brochures and teaching materials in every participating country. In this way we reach more than 100,000 STEM teachers across Europe.

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The European Science on Stage festivals are funded through private companies and foundations, municipalities, cooperation with universities and other STEM initiatives. The host country/National Steering Committee that organises the European festival is responsible for fundraising, supported by the umbrella organisation Science on Stage Europe e.V.

UNICOOS

Description: 

UNICOOS is an online digital platform for teaching several STEM subjects. The platform is an initiative David Calle - YouTube teacher of 2016 by Bitácoras and amongst Top 10 top finalist in the 2016 Global Teacher Prize.

 

UNICOOS currently has 300k registered users and more than 1M followers and subscribers on various social networks. It is a fully functional platform which responds to an average of 500 concurrent users daily, reaching an average volume of 4,500 visits per day. Through dynamic functionalities and gamification, users of the platform "self-monitor" and enhance the contributions of other users. 

 

From its beginning to the present day, UNICOOS has been focused on answering to the most frequent asked questions and needs of its users. The queries are mostly related to secondary & high school courses, to which most of the content is aimed.

 

 

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UNICOOS has registered users in 172 countries, incl all Spanish speaking countries. The platform has reached 25 million Students and Teachers, with over than 62,000 queries resolved, 5,000 exam questions explained and another 2,000 currently being processed.

 

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UNICOOS aims to reach millions of students to complement the teachings received in class in STEM subjects, particularly Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and Technology. Currently UNICOOS has 300.000 Registered Users (of which 10 % are teachers) and one million youtube subscribers with a 10% growth rate. More than 700 videos have been released.

 

Budget and funding model: 

The platform is funded through primarily foundations. Vodaphone sponsored the subtitling of Spanish videos for people with hearing disabilities. Cáritas sponsored the translation & subtitling in Arabic for refugee children in Spain.

Démosciences

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The demosciences conference is focused on training professors in the latest industrial- and ICT technologies. As a result, they will be able to use these technologies in the classroom during their lectures and experimental activities, with their students. Each conference is focused on a specific theme (e.g. computer science).

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Technological developments and the way they are taught in the classroom are moving rapidly. As a consequence, more and more students select STEM as a major in their education. The inclusion of the newest technologies in the lesson programme receives positive feedback.

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The programme aims to train 100 teachers each year.

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This programme is supported by UPSTI and its partners.

ICSTEng

Description: 

ICSTEng is the international Conference of Science, Technology and Engineering. It is organised each yearly for professors and industry. During the sessions, the professors and the industrial partners exchange their point of view on the development of education for industries. The conference is organised around a specific theme (e.g. energy).

 

The conference features presentations by industry and researchers, company visits and in-depth debates allowing teachers, industry, students, parents and decision-makers to assess the relevance of science education. 

 

The conference is broadcasted live on the Canal C2 website. Previous broadcasts are availabe on the UPSTI website.

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The conference facilitates the exchange of views between education and industry representatives and the further development of STEM education in France.

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Each year, this conference gathers 500 professors and industrial partners, some of them participating to the debates through a TV direct retransmission of the discussions.

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This action is supported by UPSTI and its partners.

Techniekpact (Technology Pact)

Description: 

On 13 May 2013, over 60 parties signed the National Technology Pact 2020 in an effort to structurally improve alignment between education and the technology job market and reduce the shortage of technically trained staff. Since the official signing of the Technology Pact, all the involved partners have made concerted and dedicated efforts to implement the necessary measures on the basis of an integrated approach entitled ‘Choosing, learning and working in technology’. The Technology Pact is characterised by a regional approach with a national support infrastructure. 

 

As the results clearly show, the approach has proven effective and is now being emulated at international level: in the wake of Estonia and Flanders, Denmark is also set to introduce its own Technology Pact later this year.

 

The Technology Pact was updated three years after its original signing in order to evolve in pace with the inevitable social changes as a result of ongoing technological developments. A new structure has been defined on the basis of twelve objectives, offering room to continue ongoing measures from the original Technology Pact and formulate relevant new goals. The overarching ambitions for the Technology Pact 2016–2020 will remain unchanged: developing a structural approach to ensure a well-trained workforce with enough smart and capable technicians for the jobs of today and tomorrow.

 

An English version of the document can be downloaded here.

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Government of the Netherlands
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The impact of the Technology Pact and progress in regard to each of the twelve objectives is measured on a national and regional level in the Technology Pact Monitor, published yearly by the Dutch ministry of Economic Affairs and the Dutch national STEM platform (PBT). The analsyis is based on datasets of the Dutch National Statistics Agency (CBS), the Education Executive Agency of the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science (DUO), the Employee Insurance Agency (UWV) and various partners in the field. The full web-based Technology Pact Monitor can be found here. (Dutch only)

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Each of the twelve objectives of the National Technology Pact supports a range of national and regional actions, programmes and measures through a variety of policy instruments. 

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The Dutch National Technology Pact is supported by more than sixty partners, including national ministries, the education sectors, the Dutch regions, industry and employer organisations and labour unions. The objectives of the Technology Pact are supported by a wide variety of policy instruments (e.g. Regional Investment Fund VET). The Dutch National STEM platform is tasked with the regional coordination of the Technology Pact. In addition, the STEM platform implements various national programmes that support the objectives of the Technology Pact. 

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
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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).

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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. 

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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.). 

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