SHAPING, ENHANCING AND NURTURING STEM IN EUROPE

SHAPING, ENHANCING AND NURTURING STEM IN EUROPE

University of Cyprus, Cyprus

Software Engineering and Internet Technologies (SEIT) Laboratory is an integral part of the Computer Science Department of the University of Cyprus. SEIT focuses on the development of ICT-enabled Creativity and Enhanced Learning Environments, platforms and tools for implementing Health monitoring and support services, Smart and Personalised services for Elders and Assistive Technologies for people with disabilities. The lab also pursues activities related to Technology Enhanced Learning, E-Business, E-Government and developing environments for elders’ social inclusion, active ageing and independent living. SEIT was actively involved in 30 EU funded projects in numerous different programmes and attracted more than €5M in funding.

SEIT has extensive experience in the area of applying ICT (Information and Communication Technologies) to e-Learning, m-Learning and Open and Distance Learning in general as well as Life Long Learning in particular. This expertise is both at technical level and at developing policies and qualification frameworks for such activities.

CY is one of the lead technical partners in the HORIZON 2020 project SCICHALLENGE. The SCICHALLENGE project focuses on developing novel concepts to actively integrate young people in science education (STEM) using a contest-based approach to self-produced digital education materials from young people for young people. Driven by inspirational topic sheets, guides and toolkits created through this project and distributed by partner schools, teachers, and other youth-oriented institutions, contestants between the ages of 10 to 20 will generate creative digital materials (videos, slides, or infographics). The initiative will broadcast and distribute content over various social media channels and aggregated on a modern SCICHALLENGE Web Platform (www.scichallenge.eu) to generate wide reaching awareness and promotion. Intelligent cross-sectoral positioning of various awareness modules on the SCICHALLENGE Open Information Hub will increase awareness on science careers and open opportunities for youngsters on internships or taster days in STEM through the strong involvement of related organisations and industries. Additionally aggregated information on science events (slams, nights, festivals etc.) is shared. UCY is responsible for implementing the SCICHALLENGE Dashboards used as central, linkable hotspots with contest-based rankings, ratings and social sharing functionalities, while also contribute in the design and develop of the multilingual SCICHALLENGE Web Platform.

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