An online community for teaching Science in Europe. Scientix promotes and supports a Europe-wide collaboration among STEM teachers, education researchers, policymakers and other STEM education professionals.
What is the need?
It can be difficult for teachers to share best practices and new information about their discipline in an easy way. We need motivated, properly trained, well-equipped science teachers to prepare and inspire the next generation of scientists.
Engineering and technology are growing industries so it is necessary to inspire and prepare young people to work in STEM industries or to help them discover their talents for these areas - particularly girls, who are vastly underrepresented in STEM workplaces.
Scientix gives teachers an easy-to-use online portal which has inputs from experts in specific subjects, so they can teach their students the most up-to-date ideas and work in their chosen field.
By showing students how the subjects they are studying can be applied in real life and the usefulness of what they are learning, increases students' personal motivation and engagement in class. Access to real-world scientists can help to achieve this.
How does this innovation address it?
In its first stage the project built an online portal to collect and present European STEM education projects and their results, and organised several teacher workshops. The main networking event was the Scientix conference held in May 2011 in Brussels.
The second phase of the Scientix project expanded this community to a national level. Through a network of National Contact Points, Scientix reached out to teaching communities across Europe, and contributed to the development of national strategies for wider uptake of inquiry-based, and other innovative approaches, to science and maths education.
Good to know:
- Since 2010 Scientix have shared over 500 projects with students across Europe.