The inGenious Academy
 

A fun educational rendez-vous for lesson planning, teacher exchange and industry collaboration

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Eighty teachers and industry representatives recently gathered to exchange and learn amid the beautiful scenery of Bad Hofgastein, Austria, during the first inGenious Academy of this school year. Academies give inGenious pilot teachers a chance to learn first hand from industry experts about practices they can test in class. They also enable industry to gain better insight into pedagogical requirements and teaching needs and challenges across Europe.

“This academy was as valuable for teachers as for industry partners. We all had a lot to learn and to share. At the beginning of this school-year, we could feel the motivation of the teachers as they put all their energy in the upcoming school year", said Rinske van den Berg, inGenious project manager.

Other aspects of inGenious such as the line up of virtual events, the outcome of pilots to date, national research, reporting and marketing are also covered during Academies alongside related EU projects in the science and industry education domain such as Scientix, the community for science education in Europe.

Teachers and partners at the Austria event also had the chance to hear from pupils. The winners of Project Passion, a competition that encourages students aged 16 to 26 to raise awareness about e-Skills and the way they can start one's career. Five winning students from Italy, Bulgaria, Belgium, Estonia and Slovenia discussed their experience of STEM education and their impressions of industry. 

“Students need to understand why they study scientific and technical subjects before starting their careers. That’s why an experience with a company during school is very important”, said Maria de Fatima Gomes Pais Ferreira, a programming teacher from Portugal who was particularly interested in a presentation by Timo Sorsa, Head of Student Innovation Lab, from Nokia.

Timo hosted a workshop called “Give yourself a break” where teachers discussed ways to balance their workload while improving and refreshing STEM teaching. He suggested some solutions such as the student innovation lab, programming clubs for elementary school pupils and a mobile programming course for high school students. Learn more here http://www.technologyacademy.fi/blog/2012/04/23/in-search-of-passion/   

The next inGenious Academy will take place in Madrid, Spain over the weekend of 8-11 March. Stay tuned to this site for more detail on what we’ll be covering and how to join us.