ESPLORA has just launched a series of Educational Packs for Kinder 1, Kinder 2, Year 3 and Year 4. The Educator’s Packs provide valuable information pertaining to educational visits to the Interactive Science Centre. The packs include various pre and post-visit activities which can be used with students in class, or at home, before and after their visit to Esplora. Such pre- and post-activities are based on the Early Years and Primary Science/ Primary English curricula.
The Esplora Educator’s Packs and related resources can be downloaded from: https://esplora.org.mt/ category/educators-pack/. When visiting Esplora, state schools will benefit from the free transport scheme offered through the Ministry for Education. The Esplora School Education Programme offers a wide variety of on-site activities for all ages, from early years to secondary school students. The full list of activities on offer can be accessed through this link: https:// esplora.org.mt/education-programme-20212022.
Heads of School are kindly informed that the Science Centre (Pembroke) within the Directorate for Learning and Assessment Programmes (DLAP) is organising the 8th edition of the Malta Junior Science Olympiad (MJSO). The MJSO will be held at Giovanni Curmi Higher Secondary School, Naxxar, on Saturday 20th November 2021.
The Science Centre within the Directorate for Learning and Assessment Programmes recently launched the educational programme entitled Xkatapum Esperimenti tal-Fizika ma’ Rowena u Andy.
The programme comprises 20 episodes of experiments related to themes and topics within the Physics SEC syllabus. Indeed Xkatapum addresses a range of scientific queries related to everyday life at home, at the supermarket, at the beach and other places. The programme puts forward the physics concepts underlying such relevant contexts and provides an explanation of the concepts through experimental investigation and analysis. The end-of-episode questions motivate and engage viewers to seek further information and to discuss the topic in more depth at class and/or home. The programme can be accessed on YouTube (Xkatapum) and on the Teleskola portal (https://teleskola.mt/). Students and teachers are encouraged to use and share the programmes to facilitate understanding, learning and achievement in Physics.
The United Nations General Assembly declared that WSW will be held each year from October 4th -10th. These dates commemorate two important milestones in space exploration namely:
4th October 1957: Launch of the first human-made Earth satellite, Sputnik 1, thus opening the way for space exploration.
10th October 1967: The signing of the Treaty on Principles Governing the Activities of States in the Exploration and Peaceful Uses of Outer Space, including the Moon and Other Celestial Bodies.
The selected theme for 2021 is Women in Space aiming to inspire young females around the world to pursue STEM studies and future careers in the space industry. The theme also celebrates the accomplishments and contributions of women to science and the space sector. All Primary, Middle and Secondary Schools are encouraged to participate in World Space Week Malta Event (WSWME) by working on any project work that can be conducted both physically and or in digital format preferably relating to the theme above. Teachers can review the suggested list of films below (some of which relate to this year’s theme among many others) that can guide students in their project work/research. The IMDb rating and main elements outlined in each film are also provided: Continue reading →
The Science Centre within the Directorate for Learning and Assessment Programmes will be launching The Hunt: Kids’ Virtual Science Questfor primary students in Year 3 to Year 6. The Hunt will take place virtually on Wednesday 3rd June 2020 at 10:00am. Participants are kindly requested to follow instructions provided on the Facebook group – The Hunt: Kids’ Virtual Science Questto login the virtual treasure hunt. Interested participants are kindly requested to register their interest by not later than Wednesday 20th May 2020 by compiling the registration form in the following LINK. The Directorate for Learning and Assessment Programmes will be awarding prizes to the first three participants in each category. Science kits awarded are sponsored by the HSBC Malta Foundation. For more info kindly refer to Letter Circular DLAP 128/2020.
Mr Alex Attard, a member of the Primary Science team, has taken up the initiative to create brief video clips, in the Maltese language, portraying hands-on and engaging primary science experiments with follow-up questions for students to research and investigate further. This initiative entitled Xjenza ma’ Xandru, can be accessed at https://youtu.be/HpUG0nx-VhM.
Click on this video to access Episode 1…more to follow soon !
During this time of school closures, the Department of Primary Science and Technology in Malta is making many new resources available online for students and educators alike. Visit the section ‘Young Scientists’ on their website, with lots of ideas and activities of how one can make interesting and fun activities using everyday objects!
The Directorate for Learning and Assessment Programmes is launching HSBC STEM Challenge initiative for primary students in Year 3 to Year 6. The aim of the initiative is to engage young students and their caregivers in doing Science at home while nurturing and developing 21st Century life skills. Continue reading →