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STEM Popularization Festival

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The aim of the STEM Popularization Festival is to showcase the range of national and European Science Outreach initiatives among STEM educators, researchers, policy makers

and industry partners.  This will inspire STEM professionals to engage in STEM outreach opportunities within their school/college/industry.

Date: Thursday 31st May 2018

Teen Science Café Girls

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The Teen Science Café (TSC) programme, organised by the Directorate for Learning and Assessment Programmes (Ministry for Education and Employment, Malta), is a STEM popularisation initiative targeting Year 8 students in secondary schools. The aim is to offer young teenage students opportunities to encounter a number of professionals from different STEM-related careers and engage in conversation about relevant STEM themes and career paths in an informal setting. The TSC programme has evolved in the Teen Science Cafe Girls event, which aims at offering female students an interactive and informative exchange with female professionals in STEM, in order to enable dialogue and empower female students to purse STEM careers. This fosters an increased interest in STEM subjects and contributes towards gender parity in STEM disciplines.

Tiny Teen Science Café’

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The Teen Science Café (TSC) programme, organised by the Directorate for Learning and Assessment Programmes (Ministry for Education and Employment, Malta), is a STEM popularisation initiative targeting Year 8 students in secondary schools. The aim is to offer young teenage students opportunities to encounter a number of professionals from different STEM-related careers and engage in conversation about relevant STEM themes and career paths in an informal setting. The TSC programme has evolved in the The Tiny Teen Science Café (tTSC), which aims to engage young children (in primary schooling) and their parents to become more familiar and aware of opportunities related to STEM. Furthermore, the tTSC provides an excellent chance to challenge parents’ gender stereotypes regarding STEM careers. Students in Years 4 and 5 will have the opportunity to understand and appreciate Science-related jobs and scientific phenomena through informal encounters based on playful learning activities with the different STEM professionals.

MaSDiV – Supporting Mathematics and Science Teachers in addressing Diversity and promoting and fundamental values

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MaSDiV (2017 – 2020) is a policy measure under the Erasmus+ programme, aiming to promote fundamental values through Education and Training addressing diversity in the learning environment. The main objective of this project is to support teachers to connect Mathematics and Science teaching to the learning of fundamental values in diverse and multicultural classrooms through the use of inquiry-based learning (IBL). The project involves the development of a teacher Professional Development course to promote inclusive STEM education.

For further information, kindly follow this link.

Opening Schools to STEM Careers MOOC

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Heads of School and career counsellors are encouraged to participate in the new MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) entitled Opening Schools to STEM Careers

This course is funded by Erasmus+ in collaboration with Scientix (funded by Horizon 2020) and STEM Alliance. The course is free of charge and aims to promote STEM subjects and careers in class and from an early age.

Further information can be found in this brochure.

Erasmus+ Study Visit in Finland

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A group of 15 Education officials from the Directorate of Learning & Assessment Programmes (within MEDE) recently participated in a Erasmus+ Study Visit in Turku University, Finland.

The aim of the visit was to gain insight of the strategies, policies and practices that led to the consistent high ranking Finnish Education System and positive curriculum reform.  The participants also had the opportunity to visit a school in Turku and observe the different learning environments and best practices aimed at improving the study and learning experience for all students.

The group of participants in Finland

Outstanding performance by local students in international Mathematics tournament

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Local students have done remarkably well in Malta’s first participation in the Fourth International Mathematics Without Borders Tournament 2017, where they have managed to score high positions despite the strong competition.

This tournament offers a platform to students to showcase their exceptional abilities and hone their love for mathematics.   The Mathematics Without Borders Tournament does not only encourage a competitive spirit amongst participants, but it also provides them with opportunities to work collaboratively and to think in innovative ways.

16,000 students from 5 different continents aged between 8 and 18 years participated in 3 preliminary rounds: Autumn Round (2016), Winter Round (2017) and Spring Round (2017).  10 Maltese students participated successfully in all the preliminary rounds and obtained a total of 14 medals*.  Daniel Pisani, Eric Bader, Mark Azzopardi, Matteo Stagno and Nicolai Bonello qualified to the final round, together with another 1,000 students from 13 different countries.  The final round was held in Nessebar, Bulgaria from the 30th June 2017 to 3rd July 2017.   Each of the finalists competed in an individual challenge and a team challenge, according to their age groups.

The performance of all 5 Maltese participants was remarkable and they obtained top positions in both the individual challenge and team challenge.

Name of Student Age Group Preliminary Rounds Final Round
Autumn Round

Medals

Winter Round

medals

Spring Round

medals

Team Challenge medals Individual Challenge medals
Daniel Pisani 9 – 10 years silver gold bronze silver
Eric Bader 11 – 12 years gold silver gold gold
Mark Azzopardi 10 – 11 years bronze bronze bronze bronze silver
Matteo Stagno 11 – 12 years bronze bronze silver
Nicolai Bonello 11 – 12 years gold bronze bronze silver

 

Eric Bader was awarded the title of Maths Star of the Tournament as he was the most successful participant of Malta.  Additionally, he was presented with a cup and a laurel wreath as his performance was amongst the most outstanding in his age group across all participating countries and throughout the tournament.

The Ministry for Education and Employment would like to take this opportunity to thank all educators and parents who embraced this wonderful opportunity.  Together they have provided yet another learning opportunity for the students to grow in their mathematical thinking, develop useful life skills and boost their self-esteem.

*The number of students who received medals in each round (preliminary and final) was up to 20% of the total number of participants – 4% received gold medals, 8% silver and 8% bronze.