Scientix is the initiative managed by European Schoolnet that promotes collaboration at European level between teachers of the STEM disciplines (science, technology, engineering and mathematics), pedagogical researchers, policy makers and education professionals.
The Italian Scientix community organises online from 28 to 30 September 2022 the third edition of the Scientix Italy Conference, an occasion during which projects and good practices will be presented. These range from the various sectors of science, from bioeconomy to educational robotics, from artificial intelligence to STEM for artistic expression, from coding to gamification, in order to learn science through play and motivate students to study scientific disciplines.
On the occasion of the event, we invite teachers who have created and are already experimenting in class with good STEM education practices to present by 29 May contributions for seminars (20 or 45 minute long) or immersive workshops (2 hours) on one or more of the following topics:
- Educational activities based on Scientix projects and resources
- Methodologies for STE (A) M: Inquiry, Project-based Learning, Reverse Engineering, CLIL, Gamification, Tinkering, Hackathon
- Coding and Educational Robotics
- STEM careers
- STEM and the gender gap
- Artificial intelligence
- Virtual reality
- STEM and artistic expression
- Nature Based Solutions (NBS)
- Civic education
- Bloom – Bioeconomy+
- Relationship between research and educational practice: collaborative research between teachers, schools, research centres and universities
- Development of students’ global skills
- Resources, pedagogies and technologies for inclusive and accessible education
The STEM model
The STEM approach goes beyond the four scientific disciplines by incorporating others (becoming STEAM, with the addition of the arts) and by tracing ways of working in which these subjects complement each other to contribute to the development of 21st century skills: from critical thinking to collaboration, from communication skills to creativity and divergent thinking.
The model represents a useful tool not only to develop a deeper scientific knowledge, but also to train citizens with a greater ability to make informed decisions in daily life, based on critical reflection. It is in fact an approach that stimulates a type of curiosity often able to transform children into real lifelong learners, with better prospects not only regarding their studies, but also their professional future, since today the job market has growing demands for careers related to scientific disciplines.
At the didactic level, the STEM model promotes the design of pathways based on collaborative methodologies and students’ active participation, such as Project Based Learning, a teaching/learning model based on projects that arise from real questions and that involve students for quite a long time, in planning, problem solving, decision making and in-depth activities. For their part, didactic activities that include, for example, coding and educational robotics can concretely translate into effective tools also for working on a more conscious identity construction, which aims to overcome gender stereotypes.
The Scientix project, coordinated by European Schoolnet, the network of 33 European Ministries of Education, aims to collect and disseminate innovative teaching practices for science teaching at an international level and to revive the interest of young people in a professional sector in which the European Union is heavily investing. INDIRE is Scientix’s National Contact Point for Italy and in this role is responsible for making the resources and opportunities offered by the community known throughout the country.