SHAPING, ENHANCING AND NURTURING STEM IN EUROPE

SHAPING, ENHANCING AND NURTURING STEM IN EUROPE

How to Integrate Young People in Science Education

A 3 days´ training on various types of integration young people in science education using a contest-based approach and modern tools including ICT tools and attractive applications. The training was originally planned for March 2020 but due to Covid-19 pandemic was postponed to autumn 2020.

The training was cancelled due to persisting travelling restrictions. Materials, presentations and documents prepared for the training are available below.

The agenda of the training included several interesting presentations and talks:

Talk: Fight gender stereotypes through STEM professionals! (see presentation)
by Dr. Celia Hadjichristodoulou (GrantXpert Consulting Ltd)

Celia is the Founder and Managing Director of GrantXpert Consulting, an expert consulting and training company on national and EU funding programmes. The company was founded in 2009, following the utilisation of national funds from the Scheme “Women Entrepreneurs”. Celia is an expert consultant in European and national funding programmes for the past 15 years. GrantXpert, Celia’s company, has assisted local and European organisations to utilise more than 25 mln EUR from EU and national funds in the past 10 years. Celia has developed an in-depth expertise in different EU and national funding programmes (Erasmus+, Horizon, EUROSTARS, EUREKA, Europe for Citizens, Research Promotion Foundation, LIFE+). For the past fourteen years, Celia has also been working as a part-time Lecturer in local universities. Currently she is a visiting Lecturer at CIIM, teaching for Masters’ students two industrial workshops, entitled “Professional and Career Development” and “Entrepreneurial and Leadership Skills”. Celia is a mentor at the IdeaCy incubation-acceleration programme and was a member of the Evaluation Committee during the first cycle of the programme.

Talk: e2STEAM Education: Challenges and Learning Outcomes (see presentation)
by Dr. Andri Vrioni (University of Nicosia)

Dr Andri Vrioni (Ba, Ma, PhD) is Head of the Office of the Rector and Director of the Pedagogical Support Unit. She develops quality models and indicators for teaching and learning. She is also responsible for introducing innovative teaching and learning pedagogical methodologies related to Diversity and accessibility, generation gap, problem-based learning, ICT based education, new methods of teaching and learning. Before joining the University of Nicosia, she coordinated the Evaluation Committee of Private Universities (2007-2015) where she produced several reports and monitor agency’s external evaluation procedures. From 2015-2016 she supported new agency’s (DI.PA.E) procedures for developing qualitative and quantitative evaluation criteria and self-study templates. Her research interests focus on the evaluation and certification of learning, E2STEAM Learning, Brain-Based Learning Education, STEAM Curriculum Development, Development of Multimodal and Simulated learning environments, Authentic Assessment, technology-enhanced learning (TEL) and, integration of new technologies in all levels of education. As a researcher, she has published papers in international conferences and journals and has received EU research funding. She also participates as a project manager, coordinator and national partner in various research projects.

Talks: Evolution in future schools and learning from Education 1.0 to 4.0 (see presentation)
STEAME project developments (see presentation, read more)
INNOMATH project developments (read more)
I-E-STEAM project developments (read more)
L-Cloud project (almost final results): Adaptable Cloud Education Leaders (see presentation)
by Prof. Gregory Makrides (President, Cyprus Mathematical Society; President, European Association of Career Guidance; President, European Association of ERASMUS Coordinators; Member, Education Committee, European Mathematical Society)

Professor Gregoris A. Makrides, holds a Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics from the IIT-Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago, USA. He is teaching mathematics in HEI since 1986. He worked as a teacher trainer at the Cyprus Pedagogical Institute (1995-2000), as the Dean of Enrolment Management at the University of Nicosia(2000-2006) and as Director of Research and International Relations at the University of Cyprus(2006-2017), deputy director of Studies and Student Affairs(2014-2016) and in parallel he was the Executive Director of the European Office of Cyprus (2007-2016). Since 2017, he is a visiting professor in several universities in Europe and CEO of PROGNOSIS since March 2017. He is an active member of the Education Committee of the European Mathematical Society. He is an organizer of and trainer in several EU training courses, mainly for teachers. He is the President of the following Associations: Cyprus Mathematical Society(CMS) (since 1998), European Association of ERASMUS Coordinators(EAEC) (since 2004), European Association of Career Guidance(EACG) (since 2010), Mathematical Society of South-Eastern Europe(MASSEE) (2013-2019), THALES Foundation of Cyprus (since 2007). His international recognition includes among other: (1) “2015 Best Research and Practice Project of the Year Award (Second prize), Le-MATH project (2012-2014), awarded by EAPRIL 2015, (2) The “2014 Award for outstanding achievements in development of the EU through European Projects”, granted by the European Project Association (EPA).
He is currenty active in the Evolution of Education supporting related developments as well as in STEAME education for the schools of the future.

Talk: SciChallenge project (www.scichallenge.eu/; project.scichallenge.eu/)
by Dr. Christos Mettouris (University of Cyprus)

Christos Mettouris (Ph.D) is a graduate of the polytechnic school of Computer Engineering & Informatics Department at the University of Patras, Greece. He holds a Masters degree of the same department and a PhD degree from the University of Cyprus. He is currently a Post-Doctoral Researcher at the University of Cyprus and a member of the Software Engineering and Internet Technologies (SEIT) Lab of the Computer Science dept. He was involved in a number of projects and was also involved in the organization of a number of conferences in Cyprus. His research interests include Recommender Systems, Ubiquitous Computing, Model-Driven Development and Context-Aware Computing.

Attend a STEMFreak class (read more)

Talk: ENGINO STEM & Robotics classroom solutions (see presentation, read more)
by Mr. George Keliris (Engino)

George Keliris is the Head of Education Research in ENGINO®. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Physics, obtained by the University of Cyprus, and a master’s degree on Astronomy & Astrophysics, obtained by KU Leuven, Belgium. George joined the R&D since June 2017 as a STEM Researcher in order to develop further ENGINO® curriculum for the most advanced products of ERP PRO and PRODUINO. He is currently managing the team of our educators with responsibilities on composing and reviewing all educational material that is developed by the department.

Talk: World of Physics project (see presentation, project website; World of Physics – Open Learning Resources; discordapp.com)
by Dr. Alexandros Yeratziotis (UCY)

Alexandros Yeratziotis (Ph.D) is a Post-Doctoral Researcher at the SEIT laboratory, Dept. of Computer Science, University of Cyprus. He is also a Visiting Lecturer of Design and Multimedia at the University of Nicosia in Cyprus and of Multimedia and Graphic Arts at the Cyprus University of Technology. He is also the co-founder of a startup that offers accessible communication and educational mobile applications for users who are deaf. The topic of his previous post-doctoral research position was Usability and User Experience User Interface Design Heuristics for Deaf Users, which was funded by the National Research Foundation of South Africa (NRF). He received his doctorate from the School of Information and Communication Technology at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU), which was co-funded by the NMMU, South Africa – Finland Knowledge Partnership on ICT (SAFIPA) and the German Academic Exchange Service/DeutscherAkademischerAustauschdienstDienst (DAAD/NRF). He has published ten papers in the field of HCI and has served as a reviewer in well-known journals. His research interests are: Human-Computer Interaction (HCI), user experience (UX), accessible computing, user-centered design and usability inspection methods.

Talk: Project EL STEM: Enlivened Laboratories within STEM Education (read more)
by Mr. Stathis Mavrotheris (Open University of Cyprus)

Visit to the Famagusta/Avgorou Regional Agricultural, Technical and Vocational School of Education and Training (see related Videos: Up To You(th), The clever Choice!)
Mr. Eric Physentzides