Von: International Centre for STEM Education <email@example.com>
Datum: 28.11.2019, 11:36
International Centre for STEM Education (ICSE)
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Dear Christiane Fischer,
What an exciting last few months for ICSE! We hosted the big international conference “Educating the Educators III” and the final meeting of the MaSDiV project in Freiburg. The great interest and commitment of all participants has blown our minds! You all contributed to the success of these events, so we would like to take this opportunity to thank you all very much!
We also got news on the project side: The project IncluSMe has successfully developed its teaching modules, which are now available online and has come to a successful close with its Summer School in Durskininkai, Lithuania. Our STEM PD Net project has ended with a great final project meeting in Istanbul this summer. It is a pity to say goodbye to these two beloved projects. However, sometimes sad farewells are followed by hopeful new beginnings: ICSE receives EU funding for its new project ENSITE, which aims at integrating complex environmental issues into initial teacher education. Thus, we are now starting full of energy into this this new venture!
As well, we are delighted to have won two new consortium partners: Welcome to the ICSE family, Klagenfurt and Kiel! Besides, our series "The ICSE Consortium Introduced" continues, and of course we have some exciting new classroom tasks for you again! As you can see, there is always something going on at ICSE! Read all this and more in the current issue. We wish you a lot of fun!
Your ICSE team
ICSE welcomes two new members to its Consortium
New project ENSITE is funded by the EU
2. The ICSE Consortium Introduced Part II
IMI at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences
3. Project News
IncluSMe Summer School 2019 in Lithuania
IncluSMe: New modules are available online
STEM PD Net: Project closure and new PD materials
Quarterly Problem: Math Edition - Leaf Carpet
Quartely Problem: Science Edition - I spy with my little eye
Quartely Problem: Green Edition - Water on!
5. ICSE reported
This was the "Educating the Educators III" Conference
Masdiv Policy Seminar at the ETE III
6. Partner Activities
European Code League: Coding contest for STEM classes
icse welcomes two new members to its consortium
The International Centre for STEM Education (ICSE) and the ICSE Consortium welcome two new members to their ranks: The Leibniz Institute for Science and Mathematics Education (IPN) in Kiel and the University of Klagenfurt in Austria officially joined the ICSE community this summer.
Read what distinguishes our new partners, what expertise they bring to the table and how they have become part of the ICSE family.
Ensite - integrating environmental issues into teacher education
We did it! Thanks to EU funding, ICSE is highly motivated to start its new project ENSITE. It aims to support future teachers in integrating complex environmental issues into their lessons. To this end, scientists from eleven universities across Europe are developing modules for teacher education at colleges.
Using various environmental topics as examples, the future teachers will learn how to deal with environmental problems themselves as responsible citizens and how to encourage students to learn these skills.
the icse consortium introduced: jönköping university
The next candidate in our new series is the Jönköping University (JU), Sweden. It is a young professional-oriented university characterized by a high degree of internationalization, an entrepreneurial spirit and extensive collaboration with surrounding society. This is what Jesper Boesen, leader of the practice based education research environment at JU says about their collaboration with ICSE: “We do make a change! We have produced knowledge and teaching materials of the highest standard in areas needed in our educational systems throughout Europe.”
Do you want to learn more about JU and its relationship to ICSE?
We are continuing our series with the Institute of Mathematics and Informatics at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (IMI-BAS) in Sofia. IMI has been a dedicated player in STEM education for many years, thanks to its extensive experience in enhancing the research potential in mathematics and informatics among students throughout Bulgaria. IMI has collaborated with ICSE in the projects ENSITE and STEM PD Net and MaSDiV.
Do you want to find out more about IMI and its collaboration with ICSE?
Our partners of the Vilnius University organized an enriching Summer School for students of Mathematics in Initial Teacher Education (ITE) programmes in Druskininkai, Lithuania. Students from seven European countries lived and worked together during that time, giving them an excellent opportunity for gaining international and intercultural experience connected to mathematics learning.
The Project IncluSMe has now ended and presents an innovative course for initial teacher education freely available on the IncluSMe project web portal as well as on Scientix. Feel free to download, adapt and share them with other teacher educators!
What was IncluSMe about? What were the project aims? And how can teacher educators benefit from the new modules?
How time flies! The innovative Erasmus+ project STEM PD Net (2016-2019) ended successfully this summer. The project strengthened European collaboration and exchange among STEM Professional Development Centres in Europe. How can teachers be supported, who have to deal nowadays with complex classroom realities? STEM PD Net has found solutions by developing new integrative methods in professional development (PD) activities. Learn more about the activities and achievements of STEM PD Net!
During autumn the leaves of the trees change their colour from green to yellow, orange and sometimes even dark red. And the following day they fall down, announcing winter time. Would you like such a leaf carpet in your bedroom? How to determine the area that can be covered with the leaves of a tree in your neighbourhood? Find out!
quarterly problem: science edition - i spy with my little eye
Watching the night sky full of stars, one naturally starts to wonder about the secrets the universe might reveal. With ever larger and more efficient telescopes, astronomers are trying to gain new insights. But even with conventional cameras, we can already discover interesting phenomena in the night sky. For example from the top of the mountain “Schauinsland” close to Freiburg, Germany. Got curious? Take a look for yourself!
"Who helps carry groceries?" Who doesn't know this question when parents come back from the supermarket? Then it's time to carry bags, and even worse, carry boxes with water bottles! If the bottles are even made of glass, you can hardly lift the carrier box on your own. So would you rather have plastic bottles? Reusable or disposable bottles? Or even a device for bubbling tap water? And which option is really sustainable? Would you like to know how this problem can be turned into an exciting classroom task?
On October 7 and 8, 2019 the PH opened its doors for the third international conference “Educating the Educators”. Stakeholders from research, practice and politics used this platform to exchange their experiences and knowledge on STEM education. In various formats such as poster presentations, workshops and lectures, they successfully promoted the strengthening of networks for scaling-up of professional development in maths and science education.
Science Show, Escape Rooms, theatre techniques in STEM teaching: Learn more about the highlights and results of ETE III.
masdiv: cooperation as the key to innovative teaching
The "MaSDiV Policy Seminar" took place as part of the ETE III conference. Stakeholders from STEM education, education policy, research and industry from all over Europe discussed the importance of cooperation as a key for innovative STEM teaching.
How can cooperation between different stakeholders succeed? And how can the important role of such collaborations be spread to the world?
Coding is a skill that is becoming increasingly important, especially for students. It is up to the teachers to incorporate this topic into their lessons in order to prepare children and young people for the future. Therefore, Science on Stage is now launching the European Code League. They are inviting STEM teachers and their students from all over Europe to get creative and send in their innovative coding project for STEM lessons in primary and secondary schools. For the projects they can use digital tools such as microcontrollers (Arduino, Raspberry Pi, Calliope mini, etc.) and/or various programming environments and languages (Snap!, Scratch, C++, etc. ).