Scientix 3 – what would be the NCPs AND teachers projects wishes
One of the main aims of Scientix 2 has been that of creating a real European STEM education community and, with the help of both National Contact Points and Scientix Ambassadors, to ensure an effective national dissemination of the project.
During the last two years, both stakeholders have worked together and collaterally to ensure this reality is possible. On the one hand, NCP’s, being in charge of identifying national projects and organizing national events, have been the responsables of providing regular information on the development of national strategies in the STEM education area. On the other hand, Ambassadors, presenting Scientix in national events and helping in terms of content support, have supported the good quality of the Scientix resources and guaranteed the message was effectively transmitted nationally. All in all, their combined efforts have helped the construction of a STEM education European community.
Considering the Communities of Practice have been created to bring together different Scientix stakeholders, it is more than appropriate to use this space to share and learn experiences from each other in order to keep improving our work. In the following two weeks, this space will be used to give feedback on the work done within the project and to share our wishes for a brand new Scientix 3.
“All for one and one for all, united we stand divided we fall.”
― Alexandre Dumas, The Three Musketeers
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Topic 1: A look back at Scientix
Topic 2: One Scientix, a hundred wishes
Dr Agueda Gras-Velazquez is the Science Programme Manager of European Schoolnet (EUN) and is in charge of overseeing and coordinating all the Maths and Science projects run by EUN. Additionally, she is in charge of the day to day management of Scientix (the community for science education in Europe, http://scientix.eu) and coordinated the school piloting of the inGenious project, a strategic partnership between major industries and Ministries of Education (http://ingenious-science.eu/). In her 6 years at EUN, Agueda has been involved in over 20 Commission funded projects and ten private funded ones and also sits in the advisory board of a number of FP7 projects. Prior to joining EUN in May 2008, she worked as an independent eLearning Professional, as Tutor, Content designer, IT manager, Administrator, Project Manager and Consultant for international projects. She has co-authored several papers in the area of Science Education Research and has a PhD in Astrophysics from Trinity College Dublin, which she carried out at the Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies.
Sarah McNicol is a research associate at Manchester Metropolitan University in the UK. Before becoming a researcher, she taught maths. As well as working on the evaluation of Scientix 2, she is currently involved in research into the use of games in secondary school science lessons.
The Scientix Communities of Practice (CoP) entail a moderated online forum, leaded by a designated expert, where STEM teachers will be able to discuss on science and technology subjects.
In this space you will find a basic presentation on the topic, paired with a series of useful resources as topic guidelines. Participants will find an array of open questions to inquire and discuss about.
The objective of the CoP is to let the participants engage and discuss with each other on those questions they are more interested in, to end up formulating a series of final ideas or conclusions.