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.

Training Seminar: Is this child gifted?

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The Directorate for Learning and Assessment Programmes recently organized a training seminar entitled Is this Child Gifted?

The 120 seminar participants were actively engaged in the discussion led by Dr Lianne Hoogeveen.  Dr Lianne from Radboud University (Netherlands) is highly accomplished in the field.  She is the Head of the Centre for the Study of Giftedness (CBO) and member of the Executive Committee of the European Council for High Ability (ECHA).  Indeed Dr Lianne managed to integrate scientific research to professional practice by outlining the different profiles of gifted learners, a range of gifted education models and the roles of teachers, peers and parents in the process.

The seminar was partly funded through Scientix 3 (H2020) European funds.

The seminar has been reviewed by the European Schoolnet on the Scientix Blog at http://blogs.eun.org/scientix/2017/07/is-this-child-gifted/

Go4Research Launch

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The Faculty of Science (University of Malta) in collaboration with the Department of Curriculum Management (MEDE) recently launched the Go4Research student internship programme.

A group of 21 students who recently participated in the Malta Junior Science Olympiad are offered an opportunity to work side by side with researchers conducting studies in seven different STEM fields namely Biology, Chemistry, Electromagnetics, Astronomy, Mathematics, Geosciences & Statistics.

The Faculty of Science Dean Prof. Charles Sammut and Director of Curriculum Management Mr Gaetano Bugeja welcomed the students and augured them success in their new internship endeavour.The students were also greeted by Rector Prof. Alfred Vella and Hon Minister Chris Agius.

During the summer months the students will work on different sampling techniques, operational observations, data management and analysis, investigations and scientific research projects.

Students participating in the Go4Research with Mr Gaetano Bugeja (Director, DCM), Ms Desiree Scicluna Bugeja (Assistant Director, DCM) and Faculty of Science Dean Prof. Charles Sammut.

The Faculty of Science Dean Prof. Charles Sammut addressing the audience at the Go4Research Student Internship Programme launch.

MJSO students at Esplora

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Esplora recently hosted the three winning student teams of the Malta Junior Science Olympiad.  The students were greeted by Dr Ivan Gatt (Esplora BoG President) and Ms Rachael Blackburn (Esplora Director).  The students then strolled around the 200 science exhibits displayed around the exhibition halls  and viewed the Planetarium show Back to the moon for good. The Malta Junior Science Olympiad students will also be offered a student internship opportunity organized by the Faculty of Science (University of Malta) in collaboration with the Department of Curriculum Management.

MJSO winning student teams with Dr Ivan Gatt (Esplora BoG President)

STEM Careers MOOC

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European Schoolnet launched a STEM Careers Massive Online Open Course (MOOC) entitled Opening Minds to STEM Careers.

The MOOC aims to train and empower teachers to introduce and attract young students to STEM career paths from an early age. The MOOC is a collaborative effort of three different projects namely SYSTEMIC, Scientix and STEM Alliance.

The course will run for 8 weeks starting Monday 3rd April 2017. The following themes will be explored during the course:

1. STEM Careers in schools and in the job market.

2. STEM Careers pathways.

3. Career induction activities, materials and guidelines.

4. Gender stereotypes in STEM education.

5. How to balance the roles of teachers, mentors and parents.

6. Benefits of external school-to-work programmes.

7. Career orientation events on STEM education.

Each participant will receive digital module badges for each completed course module and a course certificate on successful completion of the whole course.

Interested teachers are kindly requested to register by accessing the link http://bit.ly/STEMcareersMOOC.

The promotional package for this event can be found here.

Go4Research

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The Faculty of Science, University of Malta and the Department of Curriculum Management within the Ministry for Education & Employment are launching the Go4Research Student Internship Programme for scholastic year 2016/17.  The initiative engages 21 students who participated in the Malta Junior Science Olympiad (MJSO) that was held in November 2016, in research work related to their preferred field of science study.

This initiative aims to provide the participating students an opportunity  to explore different STEM career fields and areas of research.  The programme also facilitates students’ transition into further and higher education & training in STEM subjects and prospective careers.  The internship programme also targets to create better partnership opportunities between local STEM researchers/lecturers and young science students.

 

The official launch of the Go4Research Student Internship Programme is scheduled for Wednesday 8th March at John Borg Hall Science Lecture Theatre, University of Malta.