UMI-Sci-Ed, Exploiting Ubiquitous Computing, Mobile Computing and the Internet of Things to promote Science Education

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UMI-Sci-Ed aims at enhancing the attractiveness of science education and careers for young people via the use of latest technologies. The project puts ubiquitous mobile computing and the Internet of Things (IoT) into practice to enhance education in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) and attractiveness of careers in domains coveredpervaded by the project. UMI-Sci-Ed aims at empowering youngsters to think creatively, apply new knowledge in an effective way and become continuously competitive in a highly demanding work environment.

UMI-Sci-Ed (Exploiting Ubiquitous Computing, Mobile Computing and the Internet of Things to promote Science Education) is a project funded by the Horizon 2020 framework of the European Union. It aims at enhancing the attractiveness of science education and related careers for young people, aged 14 to 16, through the use of the latest technologies. The project puts ubiquitous mobile computing and the Internet of Things (IoT) into practice to enhance education in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). At the same time, the project increases the attractiveness of careers in domains covered by UMI-Sci-Ed among young people.

UMI-Sci-Ed aims at empowering youngsters to think creatively, apply new knowledge in an effective way and become continuously competitive in a highly demanding working environment. The ability to switch efficiently from one science discipline to another depends on educational materials and how they can be processed effectively based on clearly defined outcomes, expanding on a broad repertoire of ICT communication, problem-solving and decision-making skills, and using the collective knowledge represented within networks, based on working environments.

The orientation of UMI-Sci-Ed is entrepreneurial and multidisciplinary in an effort to raise young boys’ and girls’ motivation in science education. In UMI-Sci-Ed, technology in itself does not feature as the objective of the project’s work. Ubiquitous mobile computing and IoT are rather used to support the UMI-Sci-Ed stakeholders that are working in the field of education, namely:

  • The educational community (teaching institutions, students, teachers, tutors, etc.) and industry (UMI companies, VET providers, publishers, etc.).
  • Career consultants, educational authorities and policy-makers.

Dynamic Communities of Practice (CoPs) are formed on the UMI-Sci-Ed platform around its activities, which are implemented at schools, including representatives of all stakeholders.

In this project, the aim is to develop an integrated yet open training framework for upper secondary school students. The technological institutions CTI, CIT and CUBIT and the academic organisations of the University of Helsinki, the Norwegian University of Science and the Technology and University of Pisa are core participants and partners in UMI-Sci-Ed. ALL DIGITAL, a pan-European member-based association, supports the partnership with its communication activities.

Basic information

Country: Belgium, Finland, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Norway, Other

Coordinator: Computer Technology Institute and Press "Diophantus" (CTI), Greece, http://www.cti.gr/

Programme: Horizon 2020

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Target groups: education authorities, general public, industry, parents, policy makers, researchers, secondary school students, teachers, other

Topic: Information technology, Technology, Education, Other

Start year: 2016

End year: 2019

Url: http://www.umi-sci-ed.eu

Contact person: Iva Walterova, Email iva.walterova (at) all-digital.org

Research and development activities of Umi-Sci-Ed include the study, design and application of the pedagogical-educational approach based on its Communities of Practice (CoPs), as well as the design and development of the supporting software and hardware tools. More specifically, the project aims at the following outcomes:

  • A novel methodology for Umi-Sci-Ed teaching and learning for young students using CoPs.
  • New learning methods that combine Umi-Sci-Ed toolkits with CoPs.
  • New knowledge on the effectiveness of the Umi-Sci-Ed toolkit and CoPs, including identified challenges and limitations.
  • New knowledge and techniques on how career consultancy can be delivered through CoPs, especially harnessing community and industry stakeholder activities to promote in-context interventions that connect Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) to active requirements expressed by the market.
  • New knowledge on the effective use of Umi-Sci-Ed technologies within CoPs to measurably enhance STEM learning processes.
  • New techniques for measuring the impact of interventions using CoPs and Umi-Sci-Ed tools on students’ perspectives regarding future careers.

Public reports of Umi-Sci-Ed include:

  • A report on the design and development of the methodology used in Umi-Sci-Ed’s CoPs.
  • UDOO-EDU kits.
  • An intermediate version of the system.
  • A report on dissemination activities and on UMI-Sci-Ed’s exploitable scientific results.
  • An analysis of needs, practices and values.
  • An analysis of the empirical data.
  • A multidimensional report about stakeholder analysis and learning processes of the CoPs.
  • System requirements, architectural design and a report with the project’s final outcomes.
  • A final version of the system.

These reports and outcomes are made available on the project’s website: www.umi-sci-ed.eu

Among the main outcomes of the Umi-Sci-Ed project relevant for teachers are the following:

  • UDOO-EDU kits for students.
  • Learning scenarios.
  • New methods available in STEM education.
  • National and European Communities of Practice (CoPs) open to educators.

All of these outcomes are made available on the UMI-Sci-Ed online platform: https://umi-sci-ed.cti.gr/umiscied/

Although the online platform is membership-based, it is open to anyone who is interested after initial registration.

 

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