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Project UMI-Sci-Ed as a good practice in promoting STEM education and research in the classroom

The 14th Scientix Projects’ Networking Event (SPNE) was held at TECHNOPOLIS in Athens, Greece, on 5 September 2018. SPNE14 brought together 30 participants, among them experts, researchers, teachers, policy makers and representatives of organisations working on the topic of “Research into the classroom“.

Prof. Achilles Kameas, Head of DAISSy research group of Hellenic Open University and Vice Chair of ALL DIGITAL Board, presented project UMI-Sci-Ed (http://umi-sci-ed.eu/) as a good practice in promoting STEM Education in the classroom using Mobile and IoT technologies.

During the second half, a three-stage participatory activity was organized, during which participants discussed the importance of science outreach programmes in dispelling negative stereotypes associated with science and research and produce a draft of recommendations of follow up actions on bridging research and classroom practice. The results of the discussion will be published in a Scientix Observatory article co-authored by all participants, that will be available here: http://scientix.eu/observatory

Read more about this event here!

 

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IoT in STEM education – workshop at Greek Scientix Conference on STEM Education

Project UMI-Sci-Ed aims to exploit cutting-edge technologies such as UMI technologies (Mobile Computing, Mobile Computing and the Internet of Things) to promote science education. More specifically, it aims to encourage young people to think creatively in a constantly competitive and demanding working environment. At the same time, through an entrepreneurial and multidisciplinary effort, it aims to increase incentives for young boys and girls aged 14-16 to engage in science and enhance the prospects for career choices in the UMI technology areas.

A workshop on using IoT to support education will be organized on September 4, 2018, from 11.00 to 12.30, in the context of the National Scientix Conference on STEM Education that will take place at the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA) premises in Zografou. The workshop is organized by the DAISSy research group of Hellenic Open University and is addressed mainly to teachers in primary and secondary education and educators in general.

Participants in the UMI workshop will be granted access to the UMI-Sci-Ed online platform and will be trained in using its services. The platform hosts the STEM education scenarios that have been developed by project partners, together with guidelines on how to apply them in the classroom. At the same time, it facilitates discussions among teachers and UMI researchers.

Moreover, a demonstration of the UDOO IoT platform and its capabilities will be given through the implementation of a STEM education scenario that measures distance using ultra sound. The required hardware will be provided by the workshop organizers.

Participation in the UMI workshop is free, but requires online registration to the Scientix conference at https://scientix.ellak.gr/. More information about the workshop can be found at https://scientix.ellak.gr/events/to-diadiktio-ton-pragmaton-stin-ipiresia-tis-ekpedefsis-i-ekpedeftiki-platforma-umi-sci-ed/. Note that it would be useful to bring a laptop.

The UMI-Sci-Ed project is funded by the European Commission under the H2020 Program. For more information about the project, you can visit http://www.umi-sci-ed.eu/ or send an inquiry to the address info@daissy.eap.gr.

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Interview with Dr. Achilles Kameas, UMI-Sci-Ed project coordinator

Watch the interview of Dr. Achilles Kameas about UMI-Sci-Ed project.

UMI-Sci-Ed (Exploiting Ubiquitous Computing, Mobile Computing and the Internet of Things to promote Science Education) is a Horizon 2020 project, which aims at enhancing the attractiveness of science education and careers for young people (14-16 year olds) via the use of latest technologies. We put Ubiquitous and Mobile Computing and the Internet of Things (UMI) into practice towards enhancing the level of STEM education. At the same time, we are increasing the attractiveness of pursuing a career in domains pervaded by UMI for these youths.

Read more about the UMI-Sci-Ed Project here!

Watch the videos of UMI-Sci-Ed Project from DAISSy YouTube channel here!

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YouTube channel of UMI-Sci-Ed Project

UMI-Sci-Ed (Exploiting Ubiquitous Computing, Mobile Computing and the Internet of Things to promote Science Education) is a Horizon 2020 project, which aims at enhancing the attractiveness of science education and careers for young people (14-16 year olds) via the use of latest technologies. We put Ubiquitous and Mobile Computing and the Internet of Things (UMI) into practice towards enhancing the level of STEM education. At the same time, we are increasing the attractiveness of pursuing a career in domains pervaded by UMI for these youths.

UMI-Sci-Ed aims to empower youngsters to think creatively, apply new knowledge in an effective way, become continuously competitive in a highly demanding working environment. The ability to switch efficiently between different disciplines such as science disciplines depends on processing effectively the educational material based on clearly defined outcomes, expanding a broad repertoire of ICT communication, problem solving and decision-making skills, and using the collective knowledge represented in networks, based on working environments. The orientation of UMI-Sci-Ed is entrepreneurial and multidisciplinary in an effort to raise young boys’ and girls’ motivation in science education.

Read more about the UMI-Sci-Ed Project here!

Watch the videos of UMI-Sci-Ed Project from DAISSy YouTube channel here!

 

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    Title Exploiting Ubiquitous Computing, Mobile Computing and the Internet of Things to promote Science Education

    Acronym UMI-Sci-Ed

    Programme H2020-SEAC-2015-1

    Project Number 710583

    Start – End Date 01.06.2016 – 31.05.2019

    Duration 36 months

    Action RIA

    Funding Agency REA

    Total Project Funding €1,794,187.50

    Project Homepage http://umi-sci-ed.eu

    Status Ongoing

Description

UMI-Sci-Ed is targeted to 14-16 aged youngsters in European countries and puts emphasis on the creation of knowledge based societies and social networks by the introduction and actual use of state of the art technologies. The orientation of UMI-Sci–Ed is entrepreneurial and multidisciplinary in an effort to raise young boys’ and girls’ motivation in science education and to increase their prospects in choosing a career in UMI.

The broad aim of the project is to investigate the introduction of UMI technologies in education. Especially, the project aims to offer novel educational services, implement innovative pedagogies and enhance students’ and teachers’ creativity, socialisation and scientific citizenship. We intend to put these technologies in practice, so as to enhance the level of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education young girls and boys are receiving and at the same time make attractive the prospect of pursuing a career in domains pervaded by UMI.

In order to realise the abovementioned aims, the project provides a tranquil environment for educational activities, where technology itself will not star but support the stakeholders of education, including, the educational community, the industry, career consultants and educational authorities and policy makers. To this end, communities of practice (CoP) will be formed dynamically around UMI projects implemented at schools, including representatives of all necessary stakeholders.

The project’s core objectives are the following:

  • O1 Novel educational services: To develop a training mechanism, as a methodology, for young students, containing guidelines for UMI learning under the CoPs format, roles and structures. This study takes under consideration evaluation results in order to reveal drawbacks on using UMI technologies and CoPs schema in upper high school settings and structures for effectively using UMI tools and applications in a situated learning environment.
  • O2 Career consultancy services: To foster innovation and support promising scientific careers. The career consultancy is carried out by conducting a series of piloting UMI-Sci-Ed activities and scenarios using CoPs and UMI. It includes linking the market needs to the project stakeholders through the software platform, formation and management of CoPs using social computing tools and adaptation of specific, specially selected technological tools used for establishing CoPs. It is a priority to focus on organizations or sequences of core curriculum viable and relevant for the learning process, identifying important topics within the STEM disciplines and linking the impact of new technologies on the prioritization of learning goals. This also includes the development of educational material to upper high school students aiming at motivating them in subsequently pursuing a career in science education. Focus is on linking new generation instructional resources that support technology based features and options.
  • O3 Supporting software tools: To design and implement an integrated learning environment which actually supports all stakeholders to form CoPs as a facilitating mechanism for UMI learning in the science education. The training environment consists of an open repository of educational material, educational means, training activities, a platform to support CoPs through socialization, delivery specific of educational material, entrepreneurship training, showcases, self-evaluation, mentoring, and conceptualisation of content and information management.
  • O4 Supporting hardware tools: To integrate, package and delivery a necessary hardware kit to support training and to develop the accompanied programming environment allowing the interaction with the hardware kit and supporting young students to realize their ideas from the beginning of their training. The hardware kit is delivered in a suitcase and is composed of (a) an integrated Printed Circuit Board (PCB) with a micro-controller, a bundle of analog/digital I/O ports, wired/wireless connectivity modules and a GPS module, (b) a set of various sensors for realizing measurements related to the application scenarios that the students will implement, c) a set of actuators such as relays (ON/OFF), simple electrical motors, etc., are also provided. The programming environment provides the capability to the student to interact and configure the board in order (a) to setup the parameters/settings to connect to the sensors and retrieve data, (b) to setup the network parameters in order to forward the collected data to Internet.
  • O5 Dissemination of the project ideas and results: To disseminate the use of UMI technologies in real educational settings and promote their added pedagogical value to youngsters (male and female) in science education mostly but alternatively also in emerging disciplines of STEM and to convey project scientific achievements and RTD results both internally among project partners and externally to European and International research communities, potential users and industrial/commercial organizations. Focus is also in linking the UMI-Sci-Ed project with European Standards in learning and infusing to youngsters’ motivation for work based learning and principles through the designed activities and resources.

The proposed framework, developed, implemented and sustained by a group of partners, from all over Europe, with proven technological, scientific and pedagogical expertise, leveraged by participants efforts, constitutes a promising model for the engagement of societal actors, serving the work programmes aim of recruiting as much of European talent to UMI and STEM as possible.

Project Outcomes

A methodology for establishing CoPs for UMI and STEM in learning environments for 14-16 year olds youngsters has been designed, as well as educational material has been designed and presented in its initial form.

A low cost modular hardware kit has been defined, packaged, and delivered to the project partners; the supporting programming environment has been integrated with the kit.

The 1st version of the open source UMI-Sci-Ed platform that provides all the basic functionalities and services allowing the use of it for educational purposes and supporting the CoPs approach.

The UMI-Lab, an umbrella organisation, that will support the CoPs has been established.

The initial local pilots have been started.

An evaluation concept-framework was developed that includes the procedure to validate the components of the UMI-Sci-Ed outcomes.

A series of dissemination actions and publications in international/national conferences.

Publicity

Newsletters
Dissemination Material

Contact

DAISSy Research Group

info daissy.eap.gr

Tel.: +30.2610367964

Parodos Aristotelous 18, 26 335, Patras, Greece

Tags

Ubiquitous Computing
Mobile Computing
Community of Practice
Internet of Things
Scientific Career Consultancy
Gender in education
ICT in education and learning
Science education
Science Communication

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ETwinning Thematic Conference | Workshop WS-10

Exploiting Ubiquitous Computing, Mobile Computing and the Internet of Things to promote STEM Education
Day 2 Friday 29/9/2017, Workshop code WS-10

Organiser: DAISSy Research Unit 3, Computer Technology Institute & Press “Diophantus”
Target Group: STEM teachers, high school (student ages between 14 and 16)

Ubiquitous Computing (UbiComp), Mobile Computing (MobiCom) and the Internet of Things (IoT) as state of the art technologies (collectively mentioned as UMI) represent the most recent and explicit attempts to move computer technology beyond the confines of tool usage towards a pervasive penetration of everyday life. UMI technologies emerge both as educational means but most importantly as support mechanism for developing powerful careers in domains such as science education. This workshop will be based on the educational scenarios that have been developed in the context of H2020 project UMI-Sci-Ed. Participants will be given access to UDOO kits (an extended Arduino-based platform with peripherals) to implement the scenarios during the workshop.

More info about the conference: http://www.etwinning.gr/tc2017
More info about the UMI-Sci-Ed project: http://umi-sci-ed.eu/