STEM Initiative for Primary Schools: X’hemM? għal Dinja Aħjar

xhemmThe Science Centre within the Directorate for Learning and Assessment Programmes recently launched the 10th edition of the annual STEM popularisation initiative entitled X’hemM? għal Dinja Aħjar.

Since the first edition in 2014, namely X’hemM? il-Birgu, over 13,000 primary students participated in this appealing engaging Mathematics and Science outreach initiative. During the launch, Ms Desiree Scicluna Bugeja (Assistant Director, DLAP) highlighted the positive transformation process in national STEM Education. During the launch, two personalities from the entertainment sector, namely Mr Dorian Cassar and Ms Rachel Lowell, shared their experiences and views of the importance of STEM subjects in all aspects of life. Dr Fabri (Permanent Secretary within the Ministry of Education) concluded the launch by emphasising the pivotal role of STEM popularisation initiatives to strengthen national STEM education practices and outcomes related to International Studies.

During this 10th edition, a total of 33 schools will participate in a range of X’hemM? activities. All X’hemM? għal Dinja Aħjar activities will feature on the Teleskola portal.

Esplora mill-Iskola: Online Sessions for Primary Schools

Esplora Interactive Science Centre is pleased to offer online sessions for Early years and Primary school students. Due to the current pandemic, unfortunately school children cannot visit the Interactive Science Centre physically this year. To overcome this situation and offer an Esplora experience to school children, Esplora is now offering various sessions adapted to be held online with schools through Microsoft Teams or Zoom.

Esplora mill-iskola sessions will be offered free of charge and upon confirmation through booking. These are offered on a first come first served basis for all schools on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Moreover, they are age-appropriate and with an approximate duration of 30 mins. Educators can refer to the information below, to be able to place a booking: esplora.org.mt.

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World Science Week 2021: Celebrating Women in Space

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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

STEM Photo Challenge for Secondary Schools

The Directorate for Learning and Assessment Programmes (DLAP) is launching the STEM Photo Challenge (download guidelines HERE). The initiative targets all students currently in Years 9/10/11. Interested students need to take and submit an original photo related to one (or more) of the following subject-related themes as per table below:

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Each applicant can submit only ONE photo per subject. The submitted photos will be adjudicated by a panel of professionals in relation to the following criteria:

 Theme interpretation and expression;

 Originality and innovation;

 Visual appeal;

 Overall impression/impact.

One winner within each subject/theme will receive a 100 Euro voucher. The awards are cosponsored by the HSBC Malta Foundation. All applicants are requested to read carefully the guidelines prior to registration. Interested applicants are kindly requested to submit photo per subject/theme by accessing the submission link http://www.sciencecentrepembroke.com/stem-photo-competition/. Submission deadline is Monday 15th June 2020, 12:30 hrs. Any queries and/or clarifications can be put forward to Mr Stephen Bezzina (stephen.bezzina@ilearn.edu.mt).

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STEM UK – Resources for Primary, Secondary and Post-Secondary Educators and Students

Screen Shot 2020-05-07 at 13.26.37STEM UK aims to achieve a world-leading STEM education for all young people. Supported by a unique partnership of Government, charitable trusts and employers, STEM UK are dedicated to raising young people’s engagement and achievement in STEM subjects and careers.  Their website offers a myriad of information as well as downloadable lessons for teachers and students. Visit the STEM UK website to access resources across a wide range of STEM subjects, including Digital Literacy, Science, Mathematics, Computing, and Design & Technology.

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