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The 2020 STEM Discovery Campaign is a joint international initiative organized by Scientix that invites projects, organisations, libraries, schools, universities and youth clubs across Europe and around the world, to celebrate careers and studies in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).
The tagline for this year’s campaign is “Innovative Trends in Education”. The main goal of the STEM Discovery Campaign, is to showcase the magnitude of the efforts teachers and other people interested in STEM education make during the academic year while using learning resources and engaging their students in educational activities promoting STEM.
[Update 13/03/2020] In order to contribute to the collective efforts aiming at curbing the widespread of Covid-19, Scientix and all partners of the 2020 STEM Discovery Campaign encourage everyone to consider organising online STEM events such as: webinars, chats, discussion boards, quizzes etc.
As many countries close schools and some of them look more into online teaching, we would like to support all educators in finding out new, engaging ways of involving students in online activities. Many of our previous campaigns proved that the creativity of teachers is limitless, and we are sure that in this specific situation we can also work together to make the campaign a success this time.
We, the team behind the 2020 STEM Discovery Campaign and associated competitions, will do our best to support teachers and schools in this challenging situation. We will provide regular updates with useful tips on how to work online and lists of online tools you can use to bring your classroom into the virtual environment. For the very beginning, you can start with exploring the resources in our Scientix Resource Repository but this list will definitely continue to grow!
We are aware that the situation is different in every country and it’s changing rapidly, therefore we primarily advise you to follow the recommendations provided by your local authorities and we leave the decision if to organise a live event or an online activity up to you.
Despite the situation being unusual and challenging for educational institutions, we are convinced that now is the time to learn more about adapting schools to online environment, testing new tools and developing digital skills of both teachers and pupils.
We are looking forward to seeing your (online) STEM activities!
As we would still like to facilitate sharing good practices and outstanding examples of organising (online) STEM activities, we have decided to open our STEM Discovery Campaign blog to everyone who would like to share the stories of implementation of STEM (online) activities in the (virtual) classroom.
In response to the current situation, we are also very happy to welcome articles with tips and resources that teachers use to organise their online classes. Therefore, publishing an online post on our blog will be considered as an activity for the STEM Discovery Campaign. You can write a blog post about:
- your (online) STEM activities
- tips for organising remote classes
- resources you use for online activities/lessons
By writing a blog post on the STEM Discovery Campaign blog, you are eligible to enter the Scientix competition.
Online support available for participants
Check the document below to find the guidelines and schedule for the use of the Scientix Online Meeting Room, provided by Scientix facilitate the online activities that will take place remotely during the 2020 STEM Discovery Campaign.
- Scientix Online Meeting Room:
- Scientix Moodle:
Interested in becoming a partner?
From 13 March by committing to the 2020 STEM Discovery Campaign, the partners agree to:
- Organise and share information about online activities and actions in STEM education as part of the STEM Discovery Campaign.
- Encourage third parties to support and join the initiative by organising STEM activities online or actions of their own and share information about them as part of the STEM Discovery Campaign.
- Publish on their web page information in support of the STEM Discovery Campaign, hence facilitating an active exchange of information among projects, organisations and schools.
For more information on the registration steps that potential partners need to follow, please consult the document "Guide for partners".
Are you organising an online event or a STEM activity between february and april 2020?
Include it on the map! Participants organising an online STEM event or a STEM activity at school from 1 February to 30 April 2020 may also enter the STEM Discovery Campaign competitions. Visit the competitions' section on the Scientix online portal for more information.
STEM Discovery Campaign Competitions
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|Scientix invites you to organise any online activity that promotes STEM in the context of any STEM subject in your class between February and April 2020 and write a blog post in English on the 2020 STEM Discovery Campaign blog when your activity is done.||Terms and conditions|
|The second competition of Scientix welcomes everyone who would like to organise an online activity based on a resource from the Scientix Resource Repository. After your activity is done, write a blog post in English on the 2020 STEM Discovery Campaign blog and tell us about what you did in your activity, what resources and materials you have used in order to implement the activity and how you involved your audience.||Terms and conditions|
|The Clean Tech Competition is a unique, worldwide research and design challenge for pre-college youth. The program encourages scientific understanding of real-world issues and the integration of environmentally responsible energy sources. For the 2020 competition, the Spellman HV Clean Tech Challenge is “Reducing Individual Impacts”, focusing on how we as an individual can instigate change. Registration ends on 8 May 2020.|
|Atelier for STE(A)M Erasmus+ project invites you to send a scenario or lesson plan developed around the topic of “The colours of Science” and you will have the opportunity to gain visibility to your work and, if you are one of the 6 best applications, win a drone to continue working STEM in a practical way with your students.|
|Interview online or via email someone who is involved in science, coding or making and send us your questions and answers. 5 winning interviews will be turned into illustrated stories by a professional graphic artist and added to the COMnPLAYer app along with credit to their creators.
The online contest form is open until midnight (CET) on 31 May 2020.
|All over Europe and beyond, teachers are looking for innovative ways of engaging their students with current issues facing today’s societies. In collaboration with the STEM Discovery Campaign 2020, the BLOOM project is inviting primary and secondary school teachers of all subjects to use bioeconomy as a way of engaging pupils in school subjects, and to share their stories of implementation and stories of adaptation!|
|The Competition is open to all primary and secondary school stakeholders from European Union countries and Horizon 2020 associated countries who are acting on behalf of their school and developing their STEM School strategy.|
|The non-profit initiative “Leonardo 4 Children 2020: Climate Action” is dedicated to environmental sustainability and climate action, and aims to empower children and young people across Europe to contribute to address the issue of climate change.
The initiative includes the following competitions across the European Union:
|Teaching ICT with Inquiry (TIWI) project is looking for teachers who are eager to share their experience and best practices of classroom implementation of inquiry-based science teaching in ICT and STEM subjects. In this competition we ask teachers to create a TIWI implementation story - a report describing the processes and impact of introducing ICT with inquiry method by using collaborative spaces as personal learning environments for students to work on research projects and particular tasks and Go-Lab Ecosystem as a teaching methodology.||More information|
|The Europeana Education Competition 2020 is inviting primary and secondary school teachers of all subjects to find innovative ways of using Europeana digital cultural items in their classroom and share their story about it. The 30 winning teachers of the Europeana User Group and 5 winning teachers outside of the project will be invited to a teacher training workshop to be held in Brussels with flights and accommodation covered, and the 10 finalist entries will be published on the Teaching with Europeana blog!||
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|Global Talent Mentoring is an online platform which will provide exceptionally talented and motivated young people with the opportunity to cultivate their talents in STEMM through one-on-one and group mentoring at no cost. The programme is looking for institutional partners worldwide who wish to send mentees or mentors and help coordinate the creation of an international network of mentees and mentors.||
|LEGO® Education provides engaging hands-on STEAM solutions for students from preschool through to primary, secondary and beyond. The LEGO® bricks, hardware, software and free-to-download lessons are great for use on STEM Discovery Campaign activities or can act as inspiration for students and teachers to build their own projects. Have a look at the teaching material available here and get in touch with your local country reseller to see which STEM Discovery Campaign projects they are supporting!|