Α series of webinars were carried out on topics emerging from the International Innovation Swap Workshops (ISWs) for educators and secondary students aged 11-16 years old. There were 11 webinars in total, all of which have a written report and can be watched back. A final report is also available to download (see: ΜΑRCH Webinars: Final Report) that outlines the organisation and implementation of the webinar series that were delivered during the MARCH project.
Before and after each webinar, participants filled in a questionnaire regarding their needs and expectations. Once the webinar was completed, participants and everyone involved examined all raised issues in a community of practice, enhancing discussions between them in asynchronous mode. The community of practice, combined with the recording, supports further dissemination of the webinar to an audience that could not participate in real-time mode.
The 1st Webinar, titled "Making Science Real in Schools: Best practices for Creative STEM Classrooms", outlines the goals of the MARCH project, the key findings of scope-analysis conducted in the framework of the project, and focusses on the best practices for Creative STEM Classrooms.
The 2nd Webinar, titled "Making Science Real in Schools: The Art of Coding", focusses on the emerging trend of Coding and the best practices for the European Week of Code. As digital skills are a basic requirement to get ahead in the modern workplace, coding is definitely a great way to start!
The 3rd Webinar, titled "Making Science Real in Schools: The Wellcome Trust 'The Crunch' Initiative", focusses on elements of the Wellcome Τrust's food and drink initiative, 'The Crunch', in the UK. This initiative examines people's relationships with food and explores cutting-edge research, to make us think about how we can eat in ways that can keep our planet and ourselves healthy!
The 4th Webinar, titled "Making Science Real in Schools: A standard model development of a sustainable city", looks at the sustainable city model prototype that 30 students from Thessaloniki, Greece developed. This method has standardisation features, can be used as a puzzle game, and can be modified according to the needs and desires of the students.
The 5th Webinar, titled "Making Science Real in Schools: Best practices in Science and Technology", examines the outcomes of science and technology projects and activities implemented in schools in Portugal. It also gives the opportunity to newly-joined teachers to learn about their partners’ experiences.
The 6th Webinar, titled "Making Science Real in Schools: Approaching the education of students with special educational needs", shares views and experiences regarding special needs students and STEM Education, and discusses what activities can be implemented.
The 7th Webinar, titled "Making Science Real in Schools: Methodologies and Good practices in teaching Science", presents good teaching practices of STEM subjects in Greece, specifically concerning the theme of sustainable cities. These practices were formed by Greek teachers during the local workshop in Greece and by European teachers in the Ιnnovation Swap Workshop in Bulgaria.
The 8th Webinar, titled "Making Science Real in Schools: Creativity and Innovation in STEM Classrooms in Bulgaria", shares teachers' experiences in science education in secondary schools in Bulgaria, and emphasises not only good practices, but also the main challenges in their work.
The 9th Webinar, titled "Making Science Real in Schools: Students exchange ideas about their activities on the 'Sustainable Cities' project", presents and shares students' investigation plans on the 'sustainable cities' project in Portugal.
The 10th Webinar, titled "Making Science Real in Schools: Best practices in STEM Education", presents two sessions: looking at innovation in teaching science through the European projects, Inspiring Science Education and Go-lab; and a hands-on activity regarding the life cycle of invertebrates.
The 11th Webinar, titled "STEM Education in Europe: A MARCH Webinar Introducing the Student Competition Ideenflug as a Best Practice", presents one of Germany's best practice examples in STEM education, the Airbus Group’s student competition Ideenflug.
The table below summarises each webinar by number, country and date, carried out for the MARCH project:
You can find out more details about each webinar, including the full report, programme, pictures and recorded video links, by clicking on the individual links or under our Webinars submenu.