Every two years, Science on Stage Europe brings together science teachers from all over Europe to exchange best practice teaching ideas and concepts with passionate colleagues from more than 30 countries.
The aim is to improve the quality of STEM teaching by:
The ultimate goal is to improve teaching in order to enable more students to gain the skills they need for a challenging future and encourage them to consider a career in science, ICT or engineering.
The Festival is the culmination of national events in the participating countries. Following the principle “from teachers for teachers” the festival is also a starting point for a wide range of national follow-up activities as the best teaching concepts find their way to teacher trainings and teaching materials after the event.
Each edition of Science on Stage Festival is held in a different country. Portugal and the municipality of Cascais are the hosts 31 October - 3 November but tweets of projects are now being added daily to @SonS2019 and links to videos to Facebook.
Some examples from this week include:
Digital Green is a global development organization that empowers smallholder farmers to lift themselves out of poverty by harnessing the collective power of technology and grassroots-level partnerships.
Founded in 2006 as a project of Microsoft Research to test if there was a role for technology in small-scale agricultural systems, they partnered with their first NGO partner, Green Foundation and became an independent non-profit in 2008.
They began by working with frontline extension workers, training them to produce and share videos featuring local farmers. This led to significant increases in information sharing, best-practice adoption rates and, above all, sustainable development at scale.
They undertake rigorous data analysis and farmer feedback to continually challenge their assumptions and identify new ways that technology coupled with local knowledge can support development in agriculture, food and nutrition security.
To date (2019) they have worked with more than 1.5 million smallholder farmers – eighty percent of whom are women – and have trained approximately 15,000 frontline workers in digital extension in South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa, and feel they are just getting started!
View the full Digital Green profile on NIDA.
The Global Week of Action for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) – or SDG Action Week – provides an opportunity to highlight how libraries and related information access services are contributing to make development happen.
Supported by the United Nations and major civil society networks engaged in delivering the SDGs the goal of ACT4SDGS is to encourage actions around the world focused on advancing the SDGs, from raising awareness to practical delivery.
IFLA has produced a short guide to the Action Week, including ideas on how you can get involved and get your actions registered. Find out more in their guide ‘Get into SDG Action Week’ . You can also register your actions through IFLA’s Partner Page providing a great opportunity to put information activities on the map.
Join the global action and add your activity directly to the global map of all SDG actions.
The GOSE Workshop 2019 will be held from November 13-15 in Washington, DC. Specific Workshop goals include:
History of the GOSE Workshops
Previous GOSE Workshops have identified and built consensus related to three major priorities for international collaborative ocean science education efforts:
OLE Nepal, a social benefit organization dedicated to enhancing education quality and access through the integration of technology in classrooms has recently embarked on two new projects:
Game development for middle school maths and science
MIT has recently awarded a grant to OLE including the time of two MIT students working in Nepal for a summer internship to share experiences on game-based learning. In particular, developing new games for middle school math and science subjects that are now being prototyped and tested with students through the e-paath programme.
OLE Nepal has partnered with ONGD-FNEL, Luxembourg for a 5 year programme developing interactive children’s stories and digital learning games to support early grade reading in Nepali. The idea is to help children learn how to read and write in Nepali through fun stories with familiar characters and environment. Currently, six stories with various games are in development. The team is also working on creating original stories and artwork for the project.
All OLE resources can be downloaded free of charge
Learn More about:
E-Paath - resources available in Nepali, Chepang and English and accessed online from OLE Nepal’s free digital library, E-Pustakalaya. It can also be downloaded and used for free.
E-Pustakalaya - an extensive free and open digital library with thousands of age-appropriate books and educational resources, course content and reference materials.
Teacher Training Programmes - a three-stage training programme to support teachers with little or no prior experience with technology to gain the skills and confidence necessary to improve teaching-learning process and enhance education.
Technology Infrastructure - deploying technology infrastructure in under-resourced rural schools is not an easy task. OLE seeks innovative solutions based on low-power, low-cost and durable technology that fit the requirements of rural schools.
The results of a new study examining the quality of science-oriented new media and measuring the scientific literacy level of Chinese college students have just been published.
Undertaken by teams in China and Texas, the main findings include that:
The research concluded that the quality of new media varies and considerable improvements are required to expand the impact of new media to science communication. Moreover, attention should be directed toward the credibility of scientific content sources.
EURASIA Journal of Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 2019, 15(12), em1785 ISSN:1305-8223
The Recycle Namibia Forum (RNF) is a non-profit membership association founded in 2011 to promote and coordinate recycling initiatives and projects in Namibia. Although recycling is one important step towards the promotion of environmental integrity, RNF is also working on the other components, namely refuse, reduce, reuse, rethink, repair and re-gift.
RNF aims to ‘inspire the nation to join hands today for a cleaner Namibia tomorrow’ and foster a national network promoting effective and sustainable waste management.
Among the initiatives supported by the Forum, there is a household batteries collection, promotion of reusable shopping bags, a Schools Recycling Project, a Zero Waste store and the ‘Say No To Straw Campaign’ to protect Namibian’s wildlife.
The RNF website also offers the first national Green Directory which serves to list all the organisations and companies ranging from waste collectors to environmental management services, suppliers of ‘green’ products and more. Namibians citizens can search and locate, for example, the closest recycling points where to correctly dispose of materials like cans, glass, plastic, medical waste, broken electronics and find service providers.
The Gold Matters project explores whether a transformative approach towards sustainability can arise in Artisanal and Small-scale Gold Mining (ASGM) on which an estimated 16 million people in low and lower-middle income countries are dependent as a livelihood.
The project includes collaboration with artists, among which the painter Christophe Sawadogo from Burkina Faso and the photographer Nii Obodai from Ghana. Christophe’s images were inspired by the daily movement of people, using paper to collect footprints, tyre tracks and other markings, and adding from the goldfield mine dust of many hues, stones and carbon for impression.
These artistic collaborations aim to bring to the fore the perspectives of miners and to reflect on sustainability issues in small-scale gold mining. In fact, ASGM is associated with negative environmental, social, labour and health impacts, which generate critical barriers to sustainability. The research uses a multi-actor and trans-regional approach, with comparative analysis across sites in South America and Sub-Saharan Africa.
The project is supported by the New Opportunities for Research Funding Agency Cooperation in Europe (NORFACE), a collaborative partnership of national research funding agencies from 20 European countries dedicated to leading and developing opportunities for scientists in the area of social and behavioural sciences, and by the Belmont forum, a partnership of funding organizations, international science councils and regional consortia committed to the advancement of interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary science.
Science for the People is a science-activist organization dedicated to building a radical political movement in science and society. Members consist of STEM scientists, workers, educators, students and activists committed to the democratic practice of science for the benefit of humanity and the planet. Science for the People engages in research and science communications for the betterment of society, ecological improvement and environmental protection to serve human needs.
The organisation had its roots in the anti-war culture of the United States in the late 1960s and lasted until the end of 1980s. In 2014, it was revived by the collaboration between the old and the new generation of members and reopened the discussion around topics of health care, climate change, social justice and science education, among others. Nowadays, there are a number of working groups dealing with topics such as biology and society, climate change, reproductive justice, science education and social responsibility, technology and others and the organisation has many local chapters with representatives, mainly from the US.
As a result of recent interest, the Science for the People Magazine, previously published from 1969 to 1989, has been relaunched online in May 2019 thanks to a fundraising campaign. View the magazine.
Read more about Science for the People mission and activities on the website
Watch the mini documentary on YouTube, to be premiered Saturday July 28, 6:30 p.m. at Caveat, 21A Clinton Street, Manhattan, New York City.