An international community for science education in Europe: Scientix
Originally an initiative of the European Commission, Scientix is managed by European Schoolnet under the European Union’s 7th Framework Programme. Scientix promotes and supports a Europe-wide collaboration among STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) teachers, education and STEM researchers, policymakers and other STEM education professionals. It supports the effective usage of ICT in classrooms and the spread of innovative pedagogical methods.
In first stage (2009-2012), the project built an online portal to collect and present European STEM education projects and their results, and organised several teacher workshops. The goal of the second phase (2013-2015) is to expand to the national level. Through the network of the National Contact Points (NCPs) and ambassadors, Scientix aims to reach out to national teacher communities, and contribute to the development of national strategies for wider uptake of inquiry-based and other innovative approaches to science and maths education. It starts a discuss about ICT and digital technologies in science classrooms, and aims to raise the quality of STEM teaching and learning.
The main stakeholders of Scientix are teachers, researchers and project managers in STEM education, and policymakers. The NCP in Hungary is the Educatio Public Services Nonprofit LLC. The aim of our presentation is to introduce the European goals of the Scientix project, disseminate the results and achievemnent up to now. The Scientix project could produce many results in Hungary too. The talk and article is mainly about the activities and results in Hungary and how could Scientix contribute to the development of education of geography.