Newsletter n°5, 17 May 2017
- Your fifth online newsletter
- And the winners are …congratulations to 6 awesome teams!
- Join fellow EDU-ARCTIC teachers for an inspiring workshop
- 400 teachers on board… and counting!
- Check out new upcoming lessons
- EDU-ARCTIC in Brussels – new teachers, new countries on board
- Spreading the word about EDU-ARCTIC
1. Your fifth online newsletter
This is the fifth online newsletter that you get as a part of the EDU-ARCTIC family, dedicated to keeping you informed about the latest developments and key happenings within the EDU-ARCTIC project, as well as to remind you about the very useful educational tools that are available to you as educators.
2. And the winners are … congratulations to 6 awesome teams!
More than 40 school teams from Europe. 3 stages, fierce competition. But also adventure, fun, inspiration for exploring knowledge, interesting challenge. The ideas for research or innovation projects were very diverse: from climate change studies and their impact on transport in the region, glacial measurements, through the cultivation of non-leafy vegetables, to lichen and seal studies. Students prepared essays, films, posters. The final twelve met "virtually" with representatives of the project consortium from Poland, France, Norway, Iceland and the Faroe Islands, and finally 6 winning teams were selected.
Wojciech constructed a device to investigate the thermal conductivity of various materials, seeking new solutions for the North. Julia invented a useful backpack tent, protecting against the harsh weather conditions of the Arctic. Aleksandra wants to study the water blooms in the Arctic. Vassiliki plans to observe the behavior of sheep, Jan can’t wait to investigate human immunity in the North, and Angelika wants to use her photographic passion and prepare an interactive children's book.
This August, students (age 14-19) and teachers from Poland, Greece and Italy are going to visit Polar research stations in the Faroe Islands (they will have a chance to see breathtaking views, unique ecosystems and explore the geological structures, they’re looking forward to see fjords, whales, geothermal power plan and much more.
Prepare for next year’s edition – it’s an opportunity for an extraordinary scientific - Arctic adventure!
3. Join fellow EDU-ARCTIC teachers for an inspiring workshop!
We’re looking forward to meet you in Autumn! We are extending the deadline for enrollment in teacher workshops in France, 21-22 September (for teachers from western and southern Europe and Norway, 18 October (for teachers from northern Europe).
Submit application form on EDU-ARCTIC portal and be inspired in a group of fellow teachers coming from different countries and different school cultures. We will listen, discuss and be hands-on on how we can use the EDU-ARCTIC program in our own teaching. Coming from different backgrounds (mixing teachers and scientists), we will exchange valuable views. For example on how we can bring a fresh approach to motivate our 13-20 years old students to pursue further education in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).
4. 400 teachers on board … and counting!
In May we reached our new record – 400 active teachers on board! Our new goal is 500 active users (teachers) till the end of this school year. Help us to reach it by spreading the word on EDU-ARCTIC among your STEM colleagues.
5. Check out our new upcoming lessons!
There are still some places available for our new lessons in May and June. Meet ‘flying penguins’, get a closer look at satellite photos, dive deep into DNA, visit The Arctic-people’s land and listen to the fascinating story of Earth. We encourage you to sign in!
Remember, You can get an overview of the online lessons that are already available by having a look at the calendar of upcoming lessons. The time of online lessons is always posted in UTC (GMT+0), so make sure to convert it to the right time zone, if necessary!
6. EDU-ARCTIC in Brussels – new teachers, new countries on board
On Saturday 6th of May, we took opportunity to present EDU-ARCTIC to participants of the 14th Science Projects Workshop in the Future Classroom Lab, organised by Scientix and Next-Lab, which took place in Brussels in European Schoolnet office.
61 participants from over 23 countries joined the event. Teachers had a chance to get familiar with 5 EDU-ARCTIC components. We welcomed 17 new teachers, who registered into the portal, from Bulgaria, Croatia, Finland, Greece, Hungary, Latvia, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia, Spain and Turkey. We are excited to have therefore 2 new countries on board: Finland and Turkey.
7. Spreading the word about EDU-ARCTIC
We hope that as members of the EDU-ARCTIC community, you will help us spread the word about the project! We have many promotional materials, including videos available in eight languages on the EDU-ARCTIC YouTube channel plus promotional brochures in eight languages available on our website.