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ROSE (Relevance of Science Education)

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University of Oslo
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EU
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ROSE, The Relevance of Science Education, is an international comparative project meant to shed light on affective factors of importance to the learning of science and technology. Key international research institutions and individuals work jointly on the development of theoretical perspectives, research instruments, data collection and analysis.

 

The target population is students towards the end of secondary school (age 15). The research instrument is a questionnaire mostly consisting of closed questions with four-point Likert scales. The rationale behind the project, including the questionnaire development, theoretical background, procedures for data collection, etc. is described in a publication available in pdf or print format:

Engineering solutions are no silver bullet, but there is no sustainable future without them

Source / author: 
FEANI
Country: 
EU
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Education has long been acknowledged as the cornerstone of Europe’s success. With the challenges ahead, it will become even more important in determining the future of Europe’s prosperity and role in the world. Competency in mathematics, science and technology (MST) is becoming more and more fundamental as strategic enabler for a sustainable, innovative and competitive Europe. Yet shortages in these disciplines are already imminent, calling for measures to substantially curbing this downward trend in enrolment in technical studies and restore the health of the European Talent Pipeline.

Why Europe's girls aren't studying STEM

Source / author: 
Microsoft
Country: 
EU
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Most girls become interested in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) in school at the age of 11-1/2, but that interest starts to wane by the age of 15, according to newly released research by Microsoft.

 

Microsoft asked 11,500 girls and women between the ages of 11 and 30 in a dozen countries across Europe about their attitudes toward STEM.

 

Among the findings:

 

  • Girls cited a lack of female role models in STEM as a key reason they didn’t follow a career in the sector.
  • Young women are not getting enough practical, hands-on experience with STEM subjects.
  • Just 42 percent said they would consider a STEM-related career in the future.
  • 60 percent admitted they would feel more confident pursuing a career in STEM fields if they knew men and women were equally employed in those professions.

MakersTown

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The MakersTown is a fair held to showcase makers across Europe. Makers are a new wave of entrepreneurs and Do-It-Yourself experts empowered by Web 3.0 tools, technology and crowdfunding. From 3D printing to robotics, from wearable technology to new ICT, from food to fashion, they are today’s Robert Bosch, Enzo Ferrari or Arthur Guinness.

 

MakersTown takes place yearly in Brussels, Belgium and is organised by ThinkYoung in collaboration with the Wilfried Martens Centre for European Studies and various partners from industry, including Google, Intel, ABInBev and Coca Cola. The event is supported by the European Commission and Startup Europe.

 

Makerstown is the first event of its kind in Brussels bringing together Makers, business leaders and European policy-makers to showcase, share and succeed!

Europe’s manufacturing tradition is getting an update, come to #Makerstown to experience it first-hand!

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ThinkYoung
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The MakersTown brings together school aged children, representatives from education, policy makers, corporates, start-ups and members from civil society and the general public. The event is a melting pot of people who are interested in witnessing “The Town of the Future”.

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The MakersTown event has welcomed 1500+ visitors, 100+ top European Makers, 3 European Commissioners, 5 Members of the European Parliament and multiple speakers from the corporate arena. 500 of the visitors to the event were children from primary and secondary school, where the MakersTown provided sessions for the kids on 3D printing, Coding and 21st century skills.

Budget and funding model: 

MakersTown is a collaboration between ThinkYoung, the Wilfried Martens Centre for European Studies, the European Commission and various industry partners. 

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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ThinkYoung
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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.

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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.

Industry in Europe: Facts & Figures on Competitiveness and Innovation 2017

Source / author: 
European Commission
Country: 
EU
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Industry matters – one in five jobs is in industry. New technologies bring rapid changes and are breaking down the barriers between supply chains, customers and business. Europe must continually innovate to remain competitive in a global market place. The EU must cultivate its talent base, just as it must defend its role as a global standard and rule setter. This publication provides an overview of the European Union’s wide-ranging activities that will boost industrial competitiveness for the benefit of all Europeans. The initiatives focus on building an economy that is circular, sustainable, inclusive – and ready for the future. Stakeholders are invited to use this publication as a point of reference to identify initiatives of use and interest to them, and to identify gaps that need to be addressed to shape the way ahead,

Our Digital Creators: An Overview of Samsung's Corporate Citizenship Programme in Europe 2016

Source / author: 
Samsung
Country: 
EU
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In 2013, Samsung launched a new global Corporate Citizenship strategy with a focus on Education, Employment, Health and the Environment. This brochure is full of stories drawn from Samsung’s most influential and inspiring educational projects, and contains quotes from educational partners, teachers and students across each of the 17 markets that hosted Samsung’s initiatives.

 

Samsung’s goal over the last three years has been simple: to use technology to transform the educational experience and empower young people to become the innovators of tomorrow. The results of these experiences, and the critical role Samsung has played in incorporating technology into education, are reflected in the observations of participating educators outlined in this brochure. 

EU STEM Coalition joins Pact for Youth

Source / author: 
EU STEM Coalition
Country: 
EU
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The EU STEM Coalition has joined as a supporter the European Pact for Youth. The European Pact for Youth was initiated by CSR Europe – partner of the EU STEM Coalition – in close collaboration with the European Commission, and aims to support the creation of 10.000 qulaity business-education partnerships with the shared target to establish together at least 100.000 new good quality apprenticeships, traineeships or entry-level jobs.

 

Beatrice Boots, director of the Dutch national STEM platform will represent the EU STEM Coalition during the European Pact for Youth Leaders Meeting. 

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