3 years of inGenious experiences: Teachers visualize the future of STEM education at summer school

The 3rd inGenious summer school in Split, Croatia, is over and was a success. From Friday 22 to Sunday 24 August 2014 we had over 180 participants from 28 countries attending workshops, discussing about inGenious and school-industry collaborations and networking in general, mainly in order to improve STEM teaching. Almost 95% of the participants were teachers and the rest were inGenious partners and associate partners (Shell, Nokia, Philips, Zlatna Vrata, EPCA, UPCnet, Platform Beta Technik, Tiger Leap and, of course EUN). Once again, the teachers left extremely enthusiastic and the partners were happier than ever, thanks also to the inclusion in the programme of a special session where teachers had to convince a jury made of industry representatives to join a hypothetical inGenious 2. The teachers surprised even us by preparing short theatrical representations to show the industry partners the importance of committing to education for longer than 3 years if they want to see real changes in schools.

The highlight of the summer school was the announcement of the competitions 1 and 2 finalists that will be invited to the European Ceremony Award which will take place in Warsaw on 23 September 2014, in conjunction with the STEM Educator Academy organised by inGenious. Congratulations to the top finalists that will join us in Poland:

Competition 1

  • Ugo Leenhardt, France, "Parabole Photovoltaïque"
  • Carlos Ribeiro, Portugal, "Salsicheiro por um dia (Sausage maker for one day)"
  • Josep Fargas, Spain, "Robo-telling Stories (cuenta una historia con un robot)"
  • Michal Raber, Israel, "Green Technology For All"
  • Philippe Vignat, France, "Partenariat école-entreprise"
  • Georgios Roungos, Greece, "the First Spark"
  • Beata Lubova, Slovakia, "Activities of young engineers"

Competition 2

  • Fatiha Baki, Belgium, "So you think you can't pursue a STEM career? Start experimenting!"
  • Lydia Gauci, Malta, "DeforestACTION"
  • Marina Koutsou, Cyprus, "Implementation of InGenious Video Resources in Chemistry Lessons"
  • António João Lopes, Portugal, "Introducing Robotics in the classroom"
  • Manuela Costa & Anabela David, Portugal, "GPS & meteorological science in forest protection"
  • Ivana Gugic, Croatia, "Volvo mathematic practice- logistic exercise"
  • Karolina Damjanoska, Macedonia, "Implementation of inGenious practice-electronic dice"
  • Tullia Urschitz, Italy, "Maths & science: are they girl things?"
  • Carlos Ribeiro, Portugal, "I am a sausage maker"

Here you can see some photos of the event as they were published on our Facebook page.

Have we wet your appetite for more competitions? Feel like giving your class a dynamic start in the new school year? You still have time to participate in the Kodu Kup Europe competition. Submit your entry and get the chance to bring your students in the heart of Europe to attend the two-day European Coding Camp on October 13-14 and the Kodu Europe Final on October 15, hosted by Microsoft Center in Brussels. Applications are still open to schools from Belgium, Finland, Greece, Estonia and Lithuania. Deadline to submit your entries: 15 September 2014!.