June 2022: Summer learning loss
We all need a break every once in a while. Especially in the summer, when outdoor fun beckons. When it comes to STEM education, however, summer has a dark side: student learning loss caused by not engaging with these complex subjects for nearly three months in some countries. Summer learning loss, also known as the “summer slide”, has been observed in many different societies. It’s most pronounced for STEM subjects, although younger children from specific backgrounds also have been found to lose a lot of their reading skills over the summer. In this issue, we will explain the phenomenon, offer some solutions, and hear from one academic who thinks the root of the problem might be deeper than just having several weeks off.
April 2022: STEM careers
STEM topics come to life all around us: in our phones, our food, and the very air we breathe. Young people naturally interact with these topics. Yet, not enough students engage with STEM education, resulting in an ongoing shortage of STEM professionals in Europe. This edition of the Scientix newsletter provides an overview of initiatives giving access to STEM professionals, such as the STE(A)M IT Career Advisers Network and Futurum Careers. It also presents online resources, and showcases three projects aimed at helping students understand and appreciate the wide variety of STEM careers.
July 2021: Innovative educational technologies and solutions
Innovative technologies have been transforming the world of education as we know it for many years, with the COVID-19 outbreak significantly accelerating this process. This unprecedented digitalisation of the school environment highlights more than ever the need to train teaching staff in the field of innovative educational technologies. With this edition of the Scientix Newsletter, we will look into using emerging technologies in education and discover innovative projects that explore how Augmented Reality or Artificial Intelligence can enhance learning processes and make education more personalised and inclusive.
April 2021: Sustainable Development Goals in Education
This edition of the Scientix Newsletter aims to provide basic knowledge about the significance of the 17 SDGs and the role education plays to achieve them. An overview of Education for Sustainable Development is provided along with competencies, good practices to apply in your classroom, tips and useful publicly available resources. In addition, you can find out how Scientix takes action and commits to promoting SDGs in education through various projects. We invite you to wonder, reflect and act along with your students.
December 2020: STEM beyond STEM classes
This edition of the Scientix Newsletter, with special contributions from two Scientix Ambassadors, focuses on ways in which we can introduce STEM beyond STEM classes with connection to some of the STEM School Label key elements and criteria. “How to increase students’ interest in STEM subjects?” is a recurrent question as the process of transforming education is constantly evolving and every year teachers have new tools at their disposal, they discover new teaching concepts and engage in new initiatives.
September 2020: The Scientix Ambassadors Teachers’ Panel
This edition of the Scientix Newsletter focuses on The Scientix Ambassadors Teachers’ Panel. Community involvement is important within Scientix, and it aims to provide a common space for all actors in STEM education and create a connection between STEM educators, researchers and policymakers. Read more about the Scientix Ambassadors - amazing and committed teachers from across Europe and the world, who work constantly to better themselves and STEM education in general.
September 2019: Scientix in numbers
This edition of the Scientix Newsletter aims to provide an overview of the results of the project detailed in the "Scientix Update - September 2019" publication and to give specific data on the features and activities Scientix has carried out so far in order to promote and support a Europe-wide collaboration among STEM teachers, as well as education researchers, policymakers and other STEM education professionals.
August 2019: Citizen Science for Science Education
This summer edition of the Scientix Newsletter explores the fascinating world of citizen science which opens up scientific research to invite the participation of ordinary citizens. The citizen science movement is gaining momentum, with hundreds of citizen science projects unfolding currently at the European level. Discover ways in which citizen science can be used for science education, how citizen science can support STEM teaching in schools and how to turn your students into citizen scientists!
May 2019: Pedagogical trends in STEM education
Student-centred pedagogies are a key element in STEM education as they develop a variety of skills transferable to other disciplines and topics, such as problem solving or collaborative skills. Scientix highlights the pedagogical trends in STEM, such as problem-based learning, project-based learning, challenge-based learning, design thinking, blended learning or the flipped classroom, and presents the latest overview of inquiry-based learning in science education (IBSE) practice in Europe.
December 2018: Supporting research in STEM education!
Scientix facilitates various important research activities in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education, and the Scientix Observatory is a compilation of research that is carried out directly as part of the Scientix project. This December edition of the Scientix Newsletter gives you an overview of this research in STEM education and how the Scientix project contributes to the sharing of best practices, by facilitating collaboration among hundreds of STEM education projects.
August 2018: Interviewing policymakers and practiTioners!
This 2018 summer edition of the Scientix Newsletter introduces six new interviews that were recorded with key stakeholders in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education at the Scientix Conference in Brussels, Belgium, in May. These new interviews feature Mr Evarist Bartolo, the Minister of Education and Employment in Malta; the two conference keynote speakers Professor Svein Sjøberg and Dr Beth Healey; Mr Rory McGann, a lecturer in ICT/digital learning, at Mary Immaculate College, Limerick; Dr François Taddei, Director, Centre de Recherches Interdisciplinaires (CRI) in France; and Ms Kavita Sanghvi, a Physics Teacher and Scientix Ambassador from India.
February 2018: Girls in STEM!
Over the last decades, many countries have made both significant efforts and progress in narrowing or closing enduring gender gaps in education. Despite these efforts, the gender gap in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education persists, particularly in terms of interest and engagement. Dive into this February edition of the Scientix newsletter if you want to be part of a movement that encourages girls and women to succeed in STEM!
October 2017: Science trips and on-site experiences
This October 2017 edition of the Scientix Newsletter gives educators useful tips on how they can organise their trips to make the most out of the positive elements of field trips, while limiting the more negative aspects to a bare minimum. Read the newsletter now to find out how you can best organise successful school excursions. Such activities can make science subjects more relevant and exciting by enriching the learners’ experiences.
June 2017: Improving STEM skills through international competitions
Competitions can provide learners with a space where they can further advance their interests in science, while gaining some of the skills and knowledge which are much needed in their career development. If you are curious about what types of competitions there are out there and how you can participate, and want to know more about the benefits they can bring to both educators and learners, this June 2017 edition of the Scientix newsletter is for you!
March 2017: What's New in Scientix?
This March edition of the Scientix Newsletter introduces to you all the latest developments in this third stage of the project, which is funded by the Horizon 2020 framework of the European Union for research and innovation. Give a warm welcome to the 358 new Scientix Ambassadors and 27 new National Contact Points presented in this newsletter, as well as to the project's new multilingual functionalities.
October 2016: Opening minds to STem careers
Science teachers are essential in guiding and motivating pupils at school and other learners to explore career options in the fields of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM). A number of national and European initiatives have been put in place to provide further and more constructive guidance for career planning.
Advice can prove to be crucial to show all the career possibilities that STEM has to offer. It can can help students succeed in these academic disciplines - as well as increasing general public interest in science and awareness about related opportunities.
March 2016: Media in STEM Education
Educators can empower and engage their students by encouraging them to use media to express their own interests in science, technology, engineering or maths (STEM), and communicate and share their passion with others.
In this March 2016 edition of the Scientix Newsletter, readers are introduced to the benefits and features of media enhanced STEM learning, as well as the vast number of tools that can be used to create visual and creative media content for free.
November 2015: Online training for lifelong learning!
At a time when financial resources are scarce – and pressure on the teaching profession growing – educators may be tempted by online peer-learning opportunities that fit their busy professional schedule.
That’s why this edition of the Scientix newsletter takes a look at some of the options that you have for updating your skills, forming new communities of education and taking steps to improve your lifelong learning process.
September 2015: Building a Stronghold in STEM education in Europe!
This issue of the Scientix Newsletter sums up some of the project’s impressive achievements and explains how it became an essential component of teaching and learning processes in Europe.
As part of that community, Scientix not only thanks all its supporters for their enthusiasm, but takes a detailed and proud look at everything this community has done to make the project such a successful assignment.
July 2015: The Magic of Mathematics!
The July version of the Scientix Newsletter examines mathematics, a core subject in most schools in Europe.
Ideas included in this version are useful for teachers, not only to experiment in their lesson plans, but also to develop concepts or activities of their own and discuss mathematics education with colleagues!
May 2015: Collaboration across subjects – and communities!
This May 2015 issue of the Scientix Newsletter brings you various ways in which collaboration is promoted within schools – across curricula – and between schools, as part of the eTwinning, Comenius and Erasmus schemes.
Collaboration can bring about many positive elements in STEM education, and this newsletter contains various examples and tips that you may find useful when engaging in such activities.
march 2015: Space in Science Education: New frontiers in STEM teaching
In the March 2015 edition of the Scientix Newsletter we are going galactic and looking at the opportunities that space science and technology offer STEM educators.
As well as interview with a real-life rocket scientist, we have a round-up of initiatives and projects that use space as a launching pad to stimulate your students, a report form Mission control itself, and much more.
January 2015: the 2nd Scientix Conference
The 5th issue of Scientix Newsletter looks back at the Scientix Conference and brings an overview of what the participants discussed and learnt.
The 2nd Scientix Conference took place on 24-26 October 2014 in Brussels. With almost 600 teachers, project managers, policy-makers and science education researchers attending, it was one of the major networking events in STEM education in Europe. You can read about the conference highlights, resources, publications, talks, and much more.
October 2014: RRI: Responsible research and innovation.
Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) can essentially be summed up as: doing science and innovation with society and for society. A properly working model of RRI brings together researchers, citizens, policy-makers, businesses and educators, to cooperate during the whole research and innovation process.
In this newsletter, we’ll be taking a look at RRI, what it is, what it means in practice and how you can be part of it, too. So whether you are a teacher, science communicator, researcher or project manager, we hope you’ll find this edition both useful and informative.
September 2014: National initatives in STEM policy and practice
What are the challenges in STEM teaching and learning? What are the current trends and success stories? At a meeting in Tallinn, Estonia, in June 2014, the Scientix National Contact Points (NCPs) discussed some of the questions and presented their activities, their answers to the challenges in science education in their countries.
This Newsletter presents the highlights of the discussion: the best practices in STEM education policy and practice in different European countries. The goal is to give an overview of the current trends in STEM education in Europe and pinpoint a few examples of promising initiatives currently taking place. We hope you'll find it useful!
May 2014: Teaching Nanotechnology
Since the mid-2000s, there have been numerous projects focussing on different aspects of nanotechnology for pupils. This newsletter brings an overview of these projects and their results: resources, hands-on experiments, research analysis, as well as materials planned for the future.
Our ambition is to give you an idea of the different angles by which nanotechnology can be approached, and provide you with a starting point in your own explorations. Whether you are a teacher, science communicator, researcher or a project manager, we hope you’ll find it useful!
January 2014:Scientix Reloaded
With this first issue of our brand new Scientix Newsletter, we are taking Scientix to the next level. We launched Scientix 1 in 2009 to bring together the vast pool of resources and best practices in science education across Europe; in Scientix 2 we’ll focus more on the people who create and use these materials. In other words, the central keyword is networking. So what are we actually planning? Take a look!