Scientix campaigns in STEM education
Regularly Scientix schedules campaigns for science educators, as well as learners, researchers and policy-makers. The main aim of this activity is to present what the Scientix project and community have to offer and what are the main benefits for those target groups. Those campaigns pay attention to the multiple facets of Scientix, which is a community for networking, collaboration, sharing, innovation and continuous professional development (CPD) in science education, both face-to-face and online.
Current or upcoming initiatives
Back to School with the STEM Alliance
With the end of the summer season comes the new school year and students return to their studies, well-equipped and full of energy. This is also the time for teachers to prepare for the academic activities for the coming months and set the tone for the upcoming year through interesting and educational initiatives. This is particularly important when it comes to STEM subjects, as motivating young people to pursue science and technology fields is essential for forming a capable and innovative workforce in Europe. With the Back to School campaign, the STEM Alliance project aims at facilitating the relationship between industries and schools in order to provide a variety of opportunities to engage young people in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.
Here is a list of some interesting initatives that Scientix has carried out in the past, with direct links to each campaign page. Just click the “read more” buttons for, well, more.
STEM Discovery Week 2016
Scientix supported actively the STEM Discovery Week 2016, an initiative of the STEM Alliance project. As part of its sustainability strategy, Scientix provided support by expanding the information gathered by industry, to public funded projects and teachers in science education, in order to help link public and non-public financed initiatives. Additionally, Scientix helped spread information about the various events, competitions and resources in science education during the STEM Discovery Week. Among those was a webinar, online chat and the STEM4YOU video competition!
Media in STEM
From January to March 2016, Scientix organised an award competition around the “best use of media in STEM classes” from January to March 2016 in cooperation with the Media and Learning Association. STEM teachers in Europe were invited to submit examples that showed innovative use of media in their classes. The jury received 73 contributions in total that were submitted via the social media networks Facebook and Twitter. Winners in each category were selected on 22 February 2016 and they invited to participate in a workshop in Brussels, Belgium, on 9 March 2016, in conjunction with the Media and Learning Conference and the MEDEA Awards.
Scientix Works was a very successful campaign in terms of outreach, additional traffic to the Scientix online portal and impact on key stakeholders in STEM education in Europe. Together the #ScientixWorks and #EMINENT2015 campaign generated more than 6,000,000 impressions on Twitter, and weekly web traffic to the Scientix online portal peaked from 16 to 20 November 2015 throughout the whole project period. The campaign’s activities were carried out from September to December 2015.
Did you know?
The “did you know?” campaign presented different assets of the Scientix community in a series of sixteen (plus five extra messages) messages disseminated twice a week via Facebook and Twitter (Scientix on Twitter, Facebook page of European Schoolnet, and the Facebook Group Science Teachers in Europe).
The Scientix campaign "Keep Sharing" was organised around three four key elements: (1) the idea of sharing messages about Scientix and science education on social media (2) a Twitter competition (3) social media activity during the second Scientix conference in October 2014 and (4) an e-mail campaign.