Thematic STEM Debate for Primary Schools

The Science Centre (Pembroke) within the Directorate for Learning and Assessment Programmes is launching the 4th edition of the Thematic STEM Debate within Primary Schools. The aim of this initiative is to engage students to become active critical thinkers and skilled debaters. Through active participation in the debate, students will:

•Examine ideas, reports, audio-visual material and policies;

•Verify the value of evidence for concepts;

•Recognize strengths and weaknesses of arguments;

•Engage with opposing views and speak strategically.

This year’s Thematic STEM debate for the primary sector will focus on Space Exploration. In preparation for the Thematic STEM debate, student participants together with their mentors are requested to carefully read and analyse the document Space Exploration: Is it worth the investment?’. The document, which includes related audio-visual resources and links for further research/reading can be accessed through the Primary Science website under the section Thematic STEM Debate. The following criteria will be used by a team of professionals to adjudicate the debate:

•organization and clarity –main arguments and responses presented in a clear/orderly way;

•use of argument –response given to support the arguments;

•use of cross-examination and rebuttal –identification of weaknesses in other’s arguments and ability to defend own arguments;

•presentation style –tone of voice, clarity of expression, precision of arguments.

The Thematic STEM Debate will be held on Wednesday 25th January 2023 from 10.00 am to noon at St Clare College, St Julians Primary School. The full programme of events can be downloaded HERE. Each school can nominate one Year 6 student by accessing the registration LINK by Friday, 16thDecember 2022. Registrations are on a first come first served basis. Kindly note that travel to and from the venue should be coordinated by the participating school. Three participants will be presented the Top Debater Award. Winners will be announced towards the end of the debate. Certificates of participation will be presented to all students while winners will be awarded a set of Wireless Headphones each, sponsored by the HSBC Malta Foundation.

Any queries can be put forward to Mr Christopher Buttigieg, Head of Department, Primary Science on christopher-john.buttigieg@ilearn.edu.mt.

Mathematics Activities for Gifted and Talented Students (Year 10)

The Science Centre within the Directorate for Learning and Assessment Programmes is organising four Mathematics Activities for Gifted and Talented Students. These activities target students who have an interest and keen aptitude in Mathematics. The four after school activities will be held between 16.00 and 18.00 at the Digital Literacy Unit, Joseph Abela Scolaro Street,Ħamrun. Each activity is held on a Friday with a repeat session on the following Monday on the dates indicated below:

Heads of Schools are kindly requested to nominate not more than three Year 10 students. Please register the names of the students who will be participating in the four activities, via the link Gifted and Talented, by not later than Friday 25th November 2022. Kindly note that a limited number of participants will be accepted. Students who attend all four sessions during this scholastic year, will be awarded a certificate of participation. For further information kindly contact Ms Mariella Galea, Education Officer Mathematics (Secondary) mariella.galea@ilearn.edu.mt

Thematic STEM Debate for Year 10/Year 11 Students

Heads of School are kindly informed that the Science Centre within the Directorate for Learning and Assessment Programmes, is organizing the fifth edition of the Thematic STEM Debate. The aim of this activity is to engage students to become active critical thinkers and skilled debaters. Through effective participation in the debate, students will:

▪examine ideas, reports, audio-visual material and policy documents;

▪verify the value of evidence for concepts; ▪recognize strengths and weaknesses of arguments;

▪engage with opposing views and speak strategically.

The theme to the debate is ‘Medical technology is here to stay: What is the future of medical technology and how will we overcome the challenges?’. In preparation for the Thematic STEM debate, student participants together with their mentors are requested to carefully read and analyse the documents listed hereunder:

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Thematic STEM Debate

The Science Centre (Pembroke) within the Directorate for Learning and Assessment Programmes is launching the 3rd edition of the Thematic STEM Debate which has been extended to the Primary Sector. The aim of this initiative is to engage students to become active critical thinkers and skilled debaters. Through active participation in the debate, students will:


• Examine ideas, reports, audio-visual material and policies;
• Verify the value of evidence for concepts;
• Recognize strengths and weaknesses of arguments;
• Engage with opposing views and speak strategically.

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Esplora Education Programme 2021 – 2022 Launched

The Esplora Education Programme for scholastic year 2021/2022 was launched during a press event organised at Esplora Interactive Science Centre.   Dr. Jeffrey Pullicino Orlando, Executive Chairman of the Malta Council for Science and Technology, Dr. Frank Fabri, Permanent Secretary for the Ministry for Education, the Hon. Justyne Caruana, Minister for Education and the Hon. Owen Bonnici, Minister for Equality, Research and Innovation were present and delivered speeches during this launch. Esplora Interactive Science Centre offers a range of inspirational and engaging learning experiences for schools. These include science shows, workshops, planetarium films, 200+ interactive exhibits, exhibition gallery activity packs, artistic performances, events and CPDs for educators. The Education Programme is a great tool to use by educators who are planning a visit to Esplora with their students. The Education Programme can be downloaded from here: https://esplora.org.mt/education-programme-20212022/

Students from St. Nicholas College are the winners of the Virtual Science Quest 2021

We are pleased to announce that two students from our College – Keona Bonavia from Dingli Primary School, and Jansen Bugeja from Mgarr Primary School, have placed first in their respective categories (Year 4 and Year 5 respectively). Congratulations to our students for their great achievement!