Malta Junior Science Olympiad 2022/2023

The ninth edition of the Malta Junior Science Olympiad(MJSO) for scholastic year 2022-2023 is scheduled for Saturday19thNovember 2022. It will be held at St Nicholas College, Dingli Secondary School. The theme of the ninth MJSO edition is Climate Change. The MJSO (2022) will include two parts namely:

•Part A: a comprehension related to Biology, Chemistry, and Physics

•Part B: a set of investigations related to Biology, Chemistry, and Physics

Part A comprises 25% of the total mark while part B makes up the remaining 75%. A second circular with further event details and registration links will be issued towards the beginning of scholastic year 2022/2023.

Scientix Seminar for Mathematics Teachers

The science centre in Pembroke recently organised the Scientix Seminar. The seminar engaged Mathematics teachers to explore the newly designed SEAC Maths Resource packs and share the positive experiences of educators planning mathematic activities within an applied setting. Ms. D. Scicluna Bugeja (Assistant Director – DLAP) welcomed the seminar participants and highlighted the educator’s pivotal role to adapt resources, thus facilitating students learning and achievements.

Ms. Katya Borg and Mr. Martin Galea shared their positive experiences of using the SEAC resource packs in year 9 and year 10 classes.

Mr. Mario Muscat (EO – Integrated Science) delivered a presentation related to the Scientix network and encouraged seminar participants to browse the Scientix portal to discover a range of shared teaching tools and STEM projects.

During the second part of the seminar, the participants engaged in hands-on workshops to discuss and use a range of activities from the resource packs. Educators are encouraged to browse the Scientix website www.scientix.eu or contact the Science Centre for further information related to forthcoming initiatives and seminars. Mathematics teachers that are interested to receive a copy of the SEAC Maths Resource Packs can contact Ms. Miriam Bugeja (EO – Mathematics Sec).

Celebrate National Space Day: Webinar for Yr 9 – Yr 10 students

National Space Day was created to inspire all of us in the pursuit of knowledge and progress. To celebrate this day, Esplora teamed up with GLOBE Malta and the U.S. Embassy to organise a virtual webinar for students focusing on Space Exploration and Earth Observation.

Participating students will have the opportunity to meet with Peter Falcon, and Earth Science Education and Communications Specialist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, as well as Gordon Caruana Dingli, who recently published a book on the Apollo programme and the locals’ response to it. Moreover, educators and students will have an opportunity to meet with Ramona Mercieca to discover how they can become citizen scientists by collecting data for NASA scientists.

Target Audience: Yr 9 – Yr 10 students

Day: 6th May 2022

Maximum number of participants: 3 classes

Session Duration: 1 hour, to be held between 11am and 1pm.

The exact time will be agreed upon with educators upon booking to ensure that a common time slot can be found among all classes involved. The Webinar is free to attend and will be delivered in English.

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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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.

STEM PD Sessions for Educators, Parents and Guardians

The Science Centre (Pembroke) within the Directorate for Learning and Assessment Programmes is inviting educators to participate in further Breakfast STEM PD sessions. These professional development sessions aim to bring together educators to explore themes relevant to the respective education sector and to provide a networking opportunity.

The Breakfast STEM PD sessions entitled ‘Science and Maths: It’s all around us!’ target educators and parents/guardians of children in the Early Years (0 to 7 years). The professional development sessions will be held on the following dates, as in the table below:

Interested applicants are kindly requested to read through the programme and register their interest to participate on one of the dates by accessing the following LINK. Applications will be received on a first come first served basis. All COVID-19 measures are adhered to throughout the entire duration of the initiative.

For further clarification kindly contact Ms Melanie Casha Sammut on melanie.casha.sammut@ilearn.edu.mt or Ms Isabel Zerafa on Isabel.zerafa@ilearn.edu.mt.

Science Safari Virtual Treasure Hunt 2022

The Science Centre (Pembroke), within the Directorate for Learning and Assessment Programmes, is organising the ninth edition of the Science Safari. This edition will be held online via Microsoft Teams, on Saturday 26th March 2022. The event programme is can be dowloaded here:

Science Safari Programme

This initiative targets Year 8 students and will involve them in an exciting virtual treasure hunt with the theme ‘Science Safari – STEM around us’. Indeed, students can participate from the comfort of their home as long as they have access to Microsoft Teams. The questions and clues will focus on scientific knowledge, skills and competences, related to everyday contexts.

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Young Reporters for the Environment – 2021/2022

Young Reporters for the Environment (YRE) is an international programme (run by FEE and
represented locally by Nature Trust – FEE Malta) designed specifically for upper primary, secondary and post-secondary students. The main aim is to empower young people to take a stand on environmental issues they feel strong about and to give them a platform to articulate these issues through the media of writing, photography or video. Schools from primary, secondary and post secondary sectors are invited to participate. An information session / teacher training session will be held online on Thursday 2nd December 2021 from 10am – 11am. For those who cannot attend, the session will be recorded. Kindly register through the link below to show your interest: Register Here.

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Sustainable Development Goals Seminar

The Esplora Team would like to advise teachers of Primary, Middle and Secondary
Schools about the Sustainable Development Goals through Creative Arts Concluding Seminar, which will be hosted at the Esplora Planetarium Hall on Tuesday 16th November 2021. Registrations starts at 8:30am.

How can we raise awareness on the importance of quality education, gender equality and life below water using the creative arts? The Sustainable Development Goals are the blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all. Discover a variety of free educational resource packs based on 3 of the Sustainable Development Goals. These were developed as part of the Erasmus+ Project entitled ‘Embracing the Sustainable Development Goals through Creative Arts’. The project focused on the use of Storytelling, Dance and Digital Games to raise awareness on quality education, gender equality and life below water.

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Breakfast STEM PD Sessions for Parents and Guardians

The Science Centre within the Directorate for Learning and Assessment Programmes is currently launching the 1 st edition of Breakfast STEM PD. These professional development sessions aim to bring together educators and parents/guardians to explore themes relevant to STEM while providing a networking opportunity.

The first Breakfast STEM PD sessions are entitled Science and Maths: It’s all around us! These professional development sessions target educators and parents/guardians of children in the Early Years (0 to 7 years). The sessions will be held on the following dates, as in the table below:

Interested applicants are kindly requested to read through the programme by clicking on this link: Breakfast STEM PD Program Those interested in participating are asked to apply on the following LINK. Applications will be received on a first come first served basis. All COVID-19 measures are adhered to throughout the entire duration of the initiative. For further clarification kindly contact Ms Melanie Casha Sammut (Education Officer, Primary Mathematics) on melanie.casha.sammut@ilearn.edu.mt or Ms Isabel Zerafa (Education Officer, Primary Science) on Isabel.zerafa@ilearn.edu.mt.