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.

Climate Change: New Online Platform for Educators and Students

The Directorate for Learning and Assessment Programmes and CEER (Centre for Environmental Education Research) would like to draw educators’ attention to a new online platform, namely Our Planet, Our Future. A link to this platform will be available on https://teleskola.mt/initiatives/. Created by the European Commission’s Directorate General for Climate Action, this platform can support students to understand the causes and impacts of climate change while providing solutions towards a climate-friendly society. The information, activities and interactive resources found within this platform can support educators to facilitate dynamic and cross-curricular learning experiences that promote the acquisition of skills and competences including, research, inquiry, collaborative learning and creative problem solving.

Climate change is one of the greatest challenges that the world is facing today. Around the world, young people have been raising their voices and taking action to fight climate change. Therefore, it is important to introduce this energy into schools and empower students to act as catalysts for a better future. Further information about this platform can be sought directly through CLIMA-YOUTH-CLIMATEACTION@ec.europa.eu. Schools wishing more information about educator training in Education for Sustainable Development and Global Education can contact Mr Francesco Debono on francesco.debono@ilearn.edu.mt.

Links:

Our Planet, Our Future Home Page: https://ec.europa.eu/clima/sites/youth/

Teachers’ Hub: https://ec.europa.eu/clima/sites/youth/teachers_en

Esplora Launches Educcational Packs for Primary Schools

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.

Malta Junior Science Olympiad 2021

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.

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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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