The purpose of the conference was to bring together international and local experts from education and science, representatives of research institutes, schools and universities, education and research policy decision-makers, industry and civil society that were presenting, discussing and experimenting with STEM's innovative approaches, as well as to reflect on trends and challenges faced by various actors interested in developing the Science /STEM Education Community.
The conference presented interventions by key speakers, hosted round tables, a panel of experts, and offered more than 20 hands-on workshops, including one dedicated entirely to the EDU-ARCTIC program. We conducted the hands-on workshop ‘EDU-ARCTIC – Engaging students in STEM education through Arctic research’. During the workshop general information on the program was presented. Next, teachers had opportunity to do some practical tasks, working in 4 groups and searching for information on the website, on portal and in Polarpedia. Subsequently, Anna Nadolna (IGF PAS) from the Polish Polar Station Hornsund connected online via Cisco and presented the Station and research conducted there. She showed beautiful photos and a video on northern lights. We finished the workshop with Kahoot quiz with 7 questions on the EDU-ARCTIC program.
As mainly new teachers, not familiar with the program, participated in the activity, we count on new registrations from Romania! Teachers were enthusiastic about the program and showed a lot of interest in joining it. In fact, Romanian teachers with 71 participants registered to the program, are the second biggest group in EDU-ARCTIC. They are also very active ambassadors of the program on national level. It was our great pleasure to meet some of them in person at the conference.