The Hunt: Kids’ Virtual Science Quest

The Science Centre (Pembroke) within the Directorate for Learning and Assessment Programmes is launching the 3rd edition of The Hunt: Kids’ Virtual Science Quest. The aim of the initiative is to engage young students in problem-solving and research competences. This STEM initiative targets primary students in Year 4, Year 5 and Year 6. The Hunt engages students in an exciting virtual science quest with clues related to scientific skills and competences.

The Hunt will take place virtually via Microsoft Teams on Friday 3rd June 2022 according to the following schedule:

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National Readathon 2022 – Individual Participants

The Malta Trust Foundation, in conjunction with the National Literacy Agency, is organising the fifth edition of the National Readathon. The aim of the Readathon is to foster a love for reading among children, while nurturing in them a sense of solidarity with their peers through reading for pleasure. Children will be rewarded for their reading efforts and the funds collected will be used to purchase educational resources for non-verbal children on the
autism spectrum. This initiative is being organised with the support of Malta Public Transport.

The chosen slogan for this year’s edition of the Readathon is ‘Read – Any Time, Any Place!’ This initiative will last until June 2022 and is intended for pupils from Year 1 to Year 8 in primary/middle schools.

Those pupils whose school is not participating may still participate in the National Readathon on an individual basis. To participate, their parents/guardians should fill in the online form, which may be accessed here by not later than Friday, 29th April 2022.

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End of Primary Benchmark – 2nd Session

The second session of the End of Primary Benchmark is going to be held in the afternoon between 13 and 17 June 2022. Maltese candidates will sit for this session at San Ġorġ Preca College Floriana Primary School while Gozitan candidates will have the session at the Education Office in Victoria, Gozo.

  1. This second session is being held for children who fall under one of the following two categories:
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Scientix Semiar for STEM Educators and Professionals

The Science Centre (Pembroke) within the Directorate for Learning and Assessment Programmes invites STEM educators to participate in a Scientix Seminar entitled STEM Professionals – Educators Encounter scheduled for Tuesday 26th April 2022. The seminar targets educators and STEM professionals interested to explore channels of promoting STEM careers among students of all ages.

The Scientix Seminar will be held at The Xara Lodge l/o Rabat. The event programme can be downloaded here: Scienctix Seminar.

All COVID-19 protocols will be adhered to. A valid COVID-19 vaccine certificate and ID Card/Passport must be shown at the entrance as per health regulations. Interested applicants are kindly requested to register through the link
https://forms.office.com/r/FUkRgyF6V3 by Tuesday 12th April 2022. Each school can nominate only ONE participant for the Seminar. Places are limited and registrations are on first come first served basis. Any queries can be addressed to Mr Mario Muscat via mario.muscat.2@ilearn.edu.mt.

Webinars for Parents and Guardians hosted by the SpLD Service

The SpLD service has announced it will be repeating a series of webinars for parents and guardians. The aim is to provide practical ways of how (parents and guardians) can better support their child with dyslexia at home. Sessions will be held at 9:30 am on Microsoft Teams, and they vary in duration between 1 – 1.30 hrs. The full timetable can be found below:

Interested applicants are kindly requested to register their interest by sending an email to
spldservice.meds@gov.mt by Tuesday 5th April 2022

Artificial Intelligence in Education – Pilot Project for Schools

The National Literacy Agency has teamed up with the Centre for Literacy of the University of Malta and the Malta Digital Innovation Agency to run a project using Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Education. The project: AI puppets for Literacy Education is in line with the National Strategy and Vision for AI in Malta 2030.  The main purpose of this project is to develop and promote AI in education projects with children (8 to 10 year-olds), educators and parents.

The project seeks to demonstrate what is within the realm of possibilities using AI during the Gost il-Qari/Reading for Pleasure programme.  A number of learning scenarios for the use of AI Puppets during shared reading sessions have been planned and developed.  Mini-computers called microbits and laptops are being used to demonstrate machine learning. The project, which includes language and literacy tasks and games involving speech and text recognition, is being piloted at the Hamrun GP primary school.