The Scientix National Conference in UK took place on 17-18th April and ran during a day and a half with over 100 teachers and other STEM education professionals. The conference covered both, presentations and workshops while the participants had the chance to debate the importance of science education for the future of the UK and Europe, find out about the resource materials available to support STEM professionals in the teaching of science, participate in hands on activity and workshops designed to stimulate thinking and encourage innovative practice back in the classroom. The sessions gave participants the opportunity to share their experiences and best practices with fellow delegates and start new collaborations within the UK and broader EU.
The annual Big Bang conference in Denmark gathers important actors from national STEM education. The Scientix National Conference was embedded with this major event, allowing the organizers to raise the number of participants from the previous year’s 600 to close to 900 participants. The event also included a network and meeting track, facilitated by Scientix, where those present were invited to discuss and share experiences related to STEM education, as well as different thematic areas, where participants were invited to learn more about a variety of topics related to Science Education, ranging from new developments in didactic research to cross-border collaboration between teachers and new technologies that can be introduced in the classrooms.
The majority of participants came from primary and lower secondary schools (almost half of those present at the event). Though in lower numbers, the presence of teachers from technical upper secondary education (7%) and vocational schools (2%), and representatives of higher education (6% if the total of participants) insured that the event allowed most of the key stakeholders in the field of STEM education to get involved, network and share ideas.
The 2nd Scientix National conference took place in Prague, Czech Republic, on 13–14 June 2014. The event was promoted by the NCP on webpages and Facebook and by the Scientix ambassadors. Moreover, a cooperation with the European campaign eSkills of Jobs 2014 (which is focused on IT skills) was established, therefore the invitation for the conference was published on the national eSkills webpage as well (www.itfitness.cz/cs/akce/).
Almost 100 participants attended varied programme (presentation of Scientix, introducing Scientix ambassadors, several hands-on workshops, theatre of physics, projects poster exhibition – including poster promoting Scientix etc.).
Some of the workshops were led by Scientix ambassadors, so certain European STEM projects included on Scientix portal were presented (iTEC by H. Lazarová, inGenious by M. Kupilíková and NanOpinion by V. Krajčová). During these workshops, registration procedure on the portal was demonstrated, therefore many of participants managed to register immediately at workshops.
Among participants, in-service teachers prevailed and teachers came from all regions of the country. The conference went well and got very positive feedback through online forms. Participants in particular appreciated getting information about Scientix and other interesting European and national STEM projects, practical experience from workshops and therefore enhancing their motivation.
The 1st Scientix National Conference took place in Vilnius, Lithuania, on 6-7 May 2014, and was organised by the Lithuanian National Contact Point, Ugdymo plėtotės centras (UPC, the Education Development Centre).
Over 100 participants - teachers and teacher trainers from across Lithuania - took part. The programme focused on reading literacy in STEM; the topics discussed included cooperation between teachers, multidisciplinary approaches, personalized education and formative assessment.