Von: "International Centre for STEM Education" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Datum: 24.11.2022, 10:17
International Centre for STEM Education (ICSE)
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NEWSLETTER Fall 2022
Dear ICSE ICSE,
In Germany we are enjoying the last months of autumn, as the weather gets colder, the days get shorter and leaves are almost gone from the trees.
In this time of change, we want to take a moment and celebrate the fact that ICSE is about to turn 5 years old in January. It has been a beautiful ride until now and we want to say thank you to everyone who has been a part of our journey so far. To every person who has cheered us on, participated in one of our projects or workshops, partnered up with us to make our offerings possible, learned more about STEM education alongside us and also to all of you readers, who follow our activities with great interest: thank you for being a part of the ICSE family!
In this newsletter, we have a workshop and a conference offering for you, as well as an interesting article bringing together perspectives on ecological grief and open schooling. Moreover, we want to introduce our new project, the ICSE Academy and we want to invite you to become a part of our European Open Schooling network. As always, you also find practical inspiration in the form of a Quartely Problem concerned with the ecological sustainablity of our reading habits.
This online workshop will take place on November 28, 2023 from 1-2 pm. It provides insights on experiences from summer schools for girls that were organized on common principles across Europe. These summer schools offered the participants the opportunity to enjoy STEM in an inclusive and supportive educational environment, working jointly on a variety of STEM projects.
What are the research-based starting points for organizing these summer camps, what are the pedagogical approaches, which activities work well to ignite interest in STEM?
Join the event to find out more or stay tuned for our special newsletter edition on the GEM summer school, coming soon.
The fourth edition of our successful Educating the Educators conference is bound to take place in 2023! This time around Utrecht University is organizing the event together with ICSE at a wonderful venue, the Naturalis Science Museum, in Leiden, Netherlands. ETE IV will focus on implementing and scaling up innovative teaching approaches in STEM education and in particular on Open Schooling initiatives with respect to environmental issues (such as waste reduction, energy reduction/transition, increasing electricity needs for clouds and bitcoins, etc.). The aim is to discuss different approaches with a rich variety of participants on ways of working for teachers and PD course leaders, the roles of teaching materials, and on structures needed for innovations in STEM education.
The submission for propsals has been extended until Dec. 4, 2022. The registration for the event is now open as well.
We are looking forward to welcoming you to the newest edition of ETE in the Netherlands this upcoming spring!
Many teachers are looking online for ideas on how to advance in their careers or how to stay motivated throughout the years. Our brand new online platform teach4life supports STEM teachers in their professional development. Here, teachers can find opportunities to expand their own competencies and learn about new career perspectives. In addition, they can exchange ideas with colleagues in an anonymous forum - both on a national and international level. Moreover, teachers can find impulses for didactic development through videos and ready-to-use tasks from the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
The ICSE Academy supports the EU’s endeavors to minimize the amount of low-performing STEM (science, mathematics, technology, engineering) learners. It does so by investing in a new era of a high-quality STEM teacher workforce by innovating, based on existing best practices, teacher education and transnational exchange strategies. This approach draws on mobility and collaboration as an integral part, thereby supporting young and established STEM teachers across Europe. ICSE partners from 13 European countries will offer exchanges, summer schools, workshop series and local professional development during the project period 2022-2025.
Ecological grief and the lessons of open schooling
Are you wondering what open schooling has to do with ecological grief?
Our project MOST (Meaningful Open Schooling Connects Schools to Communities) was evaluated and it showed that young participants’ understanding of STEM topics was deepened and their self-efficacy in relation to STEM topics was increased. We found that Open Schooling can help to cope with ecological grief and support students in understanding their potential to do something about their feelings triggered by ecological grief. For this reason, Open Schooling should be given much more focus in the future in order to promote active participation in ecological and social issues.
“A school that thinks, that reflects, that learns along the way, that opens its doors to families and the community, is a living school that trains competent people adapted to a liquid society that is constantly evolving. At the same time, it adopts a role of service, generating positive changes for the community," says Gloria Fuertes from Jaén, Spain. Like many others who have participated in our project MOST (Meaningful Open Schooling Connects Schools to Communities), Gloria is part of our EOSNet (European Open Schooling Network). The network is now open for new members, who are interested in Open Schooling.
If you want to take part in our 1hour workshops, find new tools and materials or chat with others in our forum, join us now!
E-book readers have been around for quite some time, but it's only recently that they seem to be really catching on, thanks in part to offerings like "Onleihe" from public libraries and large tech retail platforms.
But which medium is more resource-efficient? Reading printed books or using an e-book reader? As a starting point, you can take a reader (if you have one) and a book. Look at them first: What are they made of and what is their mass? Write down your findings and begin your research.